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Berkeley: breakfast/coffee/Mexican

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I'm visiting Berkeley next week, and I have a couple of food questions. I'm staying on Durant Ave, just north of Telegraph by the looks of things, and I won't have a car - are there any good places nearby for getting breakfast pre-9am? Also, where's good for coffee?

Finally, what about Mexican restaurants? I'm coming from London, so places just need to be OK, not amazing, and I've been told that I need to get fish tacos somewhere. Being open on Sunday evening would be a bonus.

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  1. How far are you willing to travel? There are some decent options in the Telegraph/Durant area, but it's mostly cheap, mediocre student eats. If you were willing to walk a mile or catch a bus you would be able to really enjoy the local chow scene.

    1. I can catch a bus or walk a mile or two without trouble - although that might not be so convenient for breakfast, depending on how jetlagged I am!

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      1. re: tsg20

        If you want real Mexican, you should travel down to Oakland's Fruitvale district. Search the board or start a new post specifically requesting fish tacos in Fruitvale.

        I totally understand not wanting to schlep for breakfast after a long trip. You can get a perfectly acceptable breakfast at Cafe Durant, on Durant street just East of Telegraph. I also like the restaurant Adagia on Bancroft and College. They are not open for breakfast but they do serve an excellent weekend brunch starting at 10:30. It's where the UC Berkeley Faculty eat. The food is a bit pricier than the student offerings, but you wont find a better meal on that side of campus.

      2. For coffee, I think Pete's just opened a spot at Telegraph and Dwight.

        For Mexican, you could walk over to Cancun on Center. Nothing spectacular, but it's good for the area. Great salsa bar.

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        1. re: SLRossi

          Can Peet's be open already? Last time I walked by it seemed like they had a lot of work to do on the space. The Web site says "opening soon."

        2. fyi Telegraph runs north/south.

          For a cheap, OK breakfast nearby, you could go to Bongo Burger on Dwight above Telegraph or even closer the Golden Bear Restaurant on campus just one block in from Bancroft and Tele and across from fabled Sproul Hall. GB has good oatmeal, bacon and tator tots and eggs cooked to order. They stop serving breakfast at 10:30. They also have lots of prepackaged food, drinks and snacks that might make your life away from home simpler.

          I never eat Mexican near campus, but some people like La Fiesta on Haste and Tele. I would walk half a mile down to Cancun at Allston and Oxford. They have good carnitas and chorizo and a great salsa bar. Love that pumpkin salsa.

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          1. Thanks for the replies - Cancun looks like a good bet.

            1. For breakfast I would cruise over to Venus, opens at 8, they also have good coffee. for mexican in that neighborhood, I would do the fish taco at cancun, but go to tacumbaya on 4th st. for a better version., you'd have to take the bus down university.

              1. Or take a bus (the 40 I think) south on Telegraph about 2 miles, to the intersection of Telegraph and 51st. Here you can get Mexican breakfast at La Calaca Loca if you make it on a weekend (chilaquiles), or just Mexican food (including fish tacos).

                Previous posts:
                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/... (fish tacos, hours and address at the bottom of the OP
                )http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/... (breakfast


                If you go on Sunday for breakfast, you can also peruse the Temescal Farmer's Market (9 am to 1 pm, at the DMV, 5300 Claremont Ave.) You will also be right across the street from Bakesale Betty's...

                1. La Note for Breakfast is great. Shattuck between Channing and Durant, very close to where you are staying. Venus is also good, but I like LaNote better. Opens at 8am and doesn't usually get crowded until 9am.

                  You could walk to Rick & Ann's across from the Claremont, maybe 15 minutes?

                  I also agree on Cancun on Center for good mexican.