Naps, cancelled lectures and brunch. What do all of these have in common? It’s simply impossible to have too much of them. If you’re tired of Crossroads brunch for the sixth week in a row, then try some of these sweet and savory breakfast spots to get a jump start on your weekend.
Located conveniently close to the UC Berkeley campus, this popular breakfast spot is sure to have a line out the door on weekend mornings. It’s the perfect destination for a leisurely stroll down College Avenue and a cute place to stuff your face with a simple yet satisfying meal. The warm yellow and homey decor is enough to draw anyone in for a wholesome brunch. While there are a decent amount of seats within the inviting restaurant, the tables are pretty tight quarters meant for 2 to 3 people, so we don’t suggest bringing a large group of people unless you can deal with the separation anxiety of not sitting together. For you health nuts out there, the sunny corner cafe offers any sandwich as a salad and there are many vegetarian options on the menu. Be careful though, the enticing pastries strategically displayed near the cash register will have you throwing any diet right out the window. Before leaving, be sure to vote to decide which community project they fund each month!
This one’s a personal favorite. After eating there multiple times, there has yet to be something on the menu we didn’t love. Cafe M offers a wide range of different types of food. From pancakes to huevos rancheros and everything in between, this lively spot is sure to satisfy anyone’s cravings. Prices here are definitely a bit steep for the broke college budget, but the serving sizes are large enough to compensate for the blow to the wallet. We highly recommend the French toast, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, the blue corn pancakes are a tasty change from the status quo. And if you rolled out of bed closer to the noon hour, you’re in luck because the lunch menu is stacked with some bomb sandwiches. The best part? Their brunch menu is offered every day so you don’t have to wait until the weekend to treat yourself.
If you happen to find yourself on the other side of the bay, Dolores Park and Velo Rouge are both great cafes to hit up before a big day of sightseeing in the city.
Velo Rouge Cafe
Velo Rouge is definitely different from the other cafes mentioned thus far. This slightly more edgy cafe is one block away from Golden Gate Park and offers a certain aura of cool that you won’t find in any IHOP. This place is so hip that everyone there drinks their coffee blazing hot because they want to drink it before it’s cool. This place isn’t trying to be your kitchen at home, it’s a bit more of a coffee and tea shop with a biker twist. The darker red and black decor might seem intimidating, but rest assured they don’t mess around with their food. This restaurant offers a great bang for your buck. The daily specials are killer, and the breakfast burritos put the conventional two egg breakfast to shame. Upon entering the swanky spot, the McAllister scramble (pictured below) was on every table top in the restaurant, so we had to give it a try. And thank goodness we did. The egg-cellent and savory meal was enough food to keep our stomachs stuffed through a full day of shopping and touring.
Dolores Park Cafe
This little shop sits kitty-corner to Mission Dolores Park in San Francisco along 18th Street. The giant windows and artwork lining the walls make for great surroundings, and the ambiance is very laid-back. This place is best for a mellow afternoon of sipping on coffee while park and people watching. Unfortunately, the trendy setting does not make up for the small amounts of food they dole out. Their French toast was such a sweet start to the day, but it disappeared in two seconds. Although that’s not saying much, considering the dish was about four bites big. Unlike Cafe M, the amount of food served doesn’t match the cost. While all of the food there is prepared very well, the portions are more suitably sized as a snack between breakfast and lunch, not a meal.
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