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Great Arkansas Black Apples at Berkeley Bowl

oakjoan Oct 6, 2008 11:03 PM

Today was the first time I asked and got the right answer at the Bowl. Arkansas Blacks yet? YES!

I bought about 10 and just tried one. Absolutely perfect - tart, very crisp....sigh, I'm in heaven.

They're about $1.35 or so a pound but worth every penny.


  1. toitoi Oct 12, 2008 01:44 PM

    Will be going to San Francisco, and plan on visiting the Berkeley Bowl, which I've read a great deal about. What decent restos are in the neighborhood? Is Chez Panisse nearby? Plan on taking BART from San Francisco.


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    1. re: toitoi
      walker Oct 12, 2008 02:07 PM

      Do try Crixa Cakes across the street from Berkeley Bowl. 2748 Adeline, (510) 548 0421. Closed Sun/Mon. www.crixacakes.com. If you like tea, get them to make you a pot with leaves rather than a tea bag. It's Hungarian cakes, pastries, cookies, better than what I found in Budapest!!

      1. re: toitoi
        wolfe Oct 12, 2008 03:30 PM

        You can try for the Chez Panisse Cafe for lunch, dinner reservations usually hard
        to get. Al Fresco dining at picnic tables but upscale food at Gregoire, Cesar for tapas style and other fine places if you do a Berkeley board search. These 3 are all on the same block about 1.6 miles from Berkeley Bowl.

        Chez Panisse
        1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

        Bar César
        1515 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

        2109 Cedar St, Berkeley, CA 94709

        1. re: toitoi
          Ruth Lafler Oct 12, 2008 05:01 PM

          It's not walking distance from Chez Panisse and the Gourmet Ghetto. But it's on the same street and there are buses that run frequently down that street.

          1. re: toitoi
            wally Oct 12, 2008 06:20 PM

            Berkeley Bowl is a short walk from the Ashby Bart Station. Chez Panisse and the Gourmet Ghetto are a little bit farther from either the dowtown Berkeley Bart Station or the North Berkeley Bart station.

            1. re: wally
              toitoi Oct 13, 2008 08:43 AM

              Thank you all, for your suggestions.

          2. toodie jane Oct 12, 2008 12:23 PM

            do you just eat out of hand or do you cook with them? Just found some at my local produce stand...what to do?

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            1. re: toodie jane
              Ruth Lafler Oct 12, 2008 05:03 PM

              I think Arkansas Blacks are too hard and dry to eat out of hand when really fresh. You can cook with them, or you can keep them for a couple of weeks until they mellow a little -- they're great storage apples. JMHO.

              1. re: toodie jane
                iwantmytwodollars Oct 13, 2008 10:53 PM

                I eat them out of hand, but that's my taste (they are sweet and a little wine sap like in their flavor). And you can store them in your crisper FOREVER.

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                iwantmytwodollars Oct 6, 2008 11:33 PM

                Thank you oakjoan!

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