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Breakfast/lunch/dinner options in Berkeley and Calistoga

I'm looking for delicious, inexpensive breakfast/lunch/dinner options in Berkeley and Calistoga. Although I'll be staying in Calistoga, I don't mind venturing to other towns like St. Helena, Yountville etc. for great food.


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  1. For Breakfast, try Sarafornia in Calistoga, Gillwoods in St. Helena and Gordons in Yountville.
    For deli: Cal-Mart in Calistoga is fine and in Calistoga. The deli at the Depot across the street is alright.
    Sunshine Market in St. Helena is much better.
    Taylor's Refresher in St. Helena is a classic. The Aztec Tacqueria further south on Main is supposed to be quite good.
    Buster's BBQ in Calistoga has fans, again in Calistoga...
    But if you can better define inexpensive I am sure the board will offer plenty more options.
    Bon Appetit.

    1. My favorite reliable Berkeley breakfast is Meal Ticket. I'm not a big breakfast eater, but when I'm in the mood, this is my first choice. They also serve a decent lunch (no dinner).

      1. For Berkeley:

        Check out La Note on Shattuck. They have yummy breakfast selections.

        I second the Meal Ticket suggestion (their buckwheat pancakes are especially good).

        People love Homemade Cafe on Sacramento. I haven't been in years but their lines are still long.

        Le Bateau Ivre on Telegraph has good eggs and potatoes.

        1. For Berkeley, Bette's Oceanview diner on 4th st is my fav for breakfast with the caveat that unless you like to wait to eat you must go early (before 8am on weekends, 830 am weekdays). To me, they rock. Delicious breakfast.

          1. Sunnyside Cafe on Solano in Albany just west of the Berkeley border has fantastic breakfast but fills up fast in the morning. Very gourmet breakfasts with Neiman Ranch meats, organic free-range eggs and innovative combinations of Benedicts, French toasts, etc. with ingredients like mascarpone, wild mushrooms, etc.

            1. 900 Grayson does my favorite breakfast in Berkeley. I've probably been there 10 times in the last four months; I just can't get enough of it. They also do a damn fine lunch. Order the fried chicken and waffles, and the corned beef and apple hash.

              For an inexpensive lunch or dinner in Berkeley, I love Gregoire, Cheeseboard Pizza, and Imperial Tea Court. Seating is limited at all three, but they're all within a block of one another so it's easy to scope them out and decide where you want to eat.


              1. Definitely try Cafe Fanny www.cafefanny.com in Berkeley. No brainer for a great light breakfast. It's in a small complex with Acme Bread and Kermit Lynch WIne Merchant, which are both great places to check out if you are interested in food and wine.

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                1. re: sgwood415

                  Cafe Fanny's not great in cold or wet weather since it's crowded and there's hardly anywhere to sit inside.

                  Same goes for Gregoire and the Cheese Board.

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    Looks like it's going to be a bit warmer and not rainy this weekend. So go for it.

                2. Brannan's in Calistoga is good too. You can have an app at the bar or do the full dinner. It's pretty straight forward fare, but the quality is good. And they are big enough that they can usually accomodate you if you don't have a reservation.

                  They are a good option as a few of the places right in downtown Calistoga are bad. Bannan's often has live jazz (check to see if Herb Gibson is playing, he's a wonderful vibe player who's played with everybody you can imagine).