Vik’s Chaat, the heavyweight champion of Indian street food in the Bay Area, turns 33 this year and remains one of the region’s most unique culinary destinations. From the butter-yellow and lavender-walled sporks of the warehouse dining room to the parade of telescope-shaped dosas that sprout from the kitchen, Vik’s epitomizes the spectacle much like the House of Prime Rib, with its metal beef carts and martini shakers.
Recently, I had heard rumors that Amod Chopra, the second-generation owner, had returned to the kitchen of Vik’s in West Berkeley, taking on cooking duties while managing the grocery import and distribution operations of the company. There seems to be something more to food these days: crispier dosas, brighter flavors, more of that ineffable taste of home. If you haven’t been back lately, it’s worth a visit.