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Best brunch in Berkeley

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JULY 28, 2016

We all know about that infamous long line at La Note. We at the Clog have waited over an hour for a table before being able to treat ourselves to a scrumptious brunch. But, unsurprisingly, La Note isn’t the only option in town to grab a bite with friends in the morning. Here are a few of our favorites based on the things we think matter to you.

Tastiest: Bette’s Oceanview Diner

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If you’re going to do brunch, you might as well do it right. Bette’s Oceanview Diner on Fourth Street may be off the beaten path, but it’s only a quick trip away on the 51B bus. The wait here during the weekend brunch rush can be well over an hour, but you can spend that time wandering and window shopping around the adorable stores on Fourth Street. Once inside, try its soufflé pancake. This unique, fluffy, pancake is oven baked and tastes like you’re eating a cloud. Our personal favorite is its banana rum flavor. Their omelettes are also tasty and come with Acme bread and crispy home fries topped with savory onions.

Fastest: Crepevine

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If you like getting seated immediately and want a wide variety of options for your meal, Crepevine is the place to go. Despite its name, this restaurant serves much more than just crepes. We at the Clog love the Mazatlan omelette, which contains soy or chicken chorizo, black bean chili, avocados, cheese and is topped with salsa. Also note that this spot has pretty hefty portions.

Cheapest: Hans Bistro 

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Hans Bistro, formerly the Bleecker Bistro, is the place to go if you want a cheap brunch right on Telegraph Avenue. Although you’ll probably face a long line, it will be worth it once you get your hands on a two-egg special with home fries and toast without putting a big dent in your wallet. It’s also a comfortable enough place to get a bit of studying done if you don’t mind the noise.

Veggie-Friendliest: Venus Restaurant 

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Not too far from La Note is another one of our favorites at the Clog, Venus Restaurant. This cozy spot serves classic, organic, California cuisine. Our favorites include the Ranchera omelette, which features a smoky chipotle cream, as well as the lemon and ricotta hotcakes, topped with a tangy fresh blackberry syrup.

Hopefully now the choice will be much clearer the next time your Sunday brunch plans roll around.

Contact Juliet Hemmati at [email protected].

JULY 28, 2016