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Best places to brunch in and around Berkeley

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Karen Chow/Staff


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SEPTEMBER 12, 2017

There’s no meal better than brunch. The combination of breakfast food, friends and socially acceptable drinking before noon is what makes brunch a treasured institution. We at the Clog have found some stellar places where you can take a break from studying and indulge in the gloriousness that is brunch.

900 Grayson

It’s only open for Saturday brunch, but the West Berkeley landmark serves tasty items such as savory bread pudding and chicken and waffles. Definitely worth a Saturday afternoon trip.

Elmwood Cafe

Elmwood Cafe’s coffee is exquisite, and their quiche might be even better. The decor and ambiance of Elmwood Cafe make it an ideal place for Sunday brunch.

Sweet Maple

Its food is some of the most Instagrammed in San Francisco. Besides the aesthetics, Sweet Maple’s morning tacos and omelettes make it worth the trek to the other side of the Bay.


Plow is a rustic San Francisco place that serves the likes of sweet cornbread, almond flour pancakes and salmon toast. Its brunch is, of course, impressively good.

La Note

La Note is truly an incredible culinary experience. The wait may be long, but if you’re patient, you’ll be rewarded with some of the best (if not the best) pancakes in Berkeley. Be sure to try the lemon gingerbread pancake — it’s insanely delicious.

Brenda’s French Soul Food

Brenda’s is a San Francisco restaurant whose housemade granola pancakes and chocolate beignets are truly remarkable.

Venus Restaurant

Venus is a well-known and oft-frequented Berkeley brunch spot for good reason. It has dishes such as dark chocolate and raspberry pancakes, along with healthier options such as yogurt and granola.

Brunch is undoubtedly a must – especially with great places like La Note or 900 Grayson. We at the Clog implore you to venture out this weekend and try some of these key brunch joints. 

Contact Melany Dillon at [email protected].

SEPTEMBER 12, 2017