Bon Appetit in Berkeley

By Dorothy Snodgrass
Friday July 20, 2012 - 11:38:00 AM

While not widely acclaimed for its Epicurean taste in fine food, Berkeley nonetheless boasts dozens of great restaurants and cafes. Offering a wide choice of food, from plain, no-nonsense dishes to ultra gourmet cuisine, you won't go hungry believe me! Depending on your appetite and your financial situation, you may want to try one or two of these popular eateries: 

Angeline's Louisiana Kitchen -- hot and spicy food!
Ann's Restaurant -- near campus, with great breakfast and lunch items.
Brennan's Restaurant -- enjoy a hearty lunch while watching AmTrak flash by.
Cafe Clem -- a charming outdoor spot below the Berkeley Public Library.
Chez Panisse -- where the elite meet to eat.
Fat Apple -- a comfortable, homey type restaurant.
Kirali -- excellent Japanese menu.
Homemade Cafe -- be prepared to wait an hour just to get in.
Jazz Cafe -- worth going down those steps.
La Mediterranee -- an Elmwood favorite, where you can sit outdoors and watch the world go by.
LaBeau Ivre -- Charming restaurant with occasional musical evenings.
Pasta Bene -- entrees for $5.95 and up, great pizza.
Picante -- Another good dining adventure
Plearns -- Good Thai food.
Skates on the Bay -- great food, gorgeous views.
Saul's -- A typical New York delicatessen.
Venezia -- second best to being in that glorious city.

If you're strapped for cash, the telephone directory lists 21 East Bay McDonald's.
So -- forget your waistline and enjoy -- bon appetit!