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Feb 10, 2010 08:46 PM

Berkeley: Like Cafe Fanny But With More Seating?

We're coming up to Berkeley this weekend and wondering if there's anywhere like Cafe Fanny, which we love, but with a bit more seating. We'll have our toddler who is everywhere so parking lot adjacent is not ideal.

Any ideas?


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  1. Are you looking for a cafe with good coffee and pastries/snacks, or are you looking to have more of a substantial meal? The new cafe in Berkeley that most everyone (myself included) loves is Local 123. I often see toddlers trundling about.

    Local 123
    2049 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

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    1. re: abstractpoet

      Oh that's funny because my in-laws adore Local 123 so we'll for sure be stopping by. My understanding though was that they didn't really do breakfast, like eggy dishes but more pastries, etc. Is that accurate?

      I think we're looking for something a bit more substantial. I know they like 900 Grayson, so maybe there. Still looking for other ideas.

      1. re: Suebee

        They have sandwiches and a few simple savory items (hard-boiled eggs, toast, etc.), and now they have a pastry chef who's making pretty good muffins and pastries and such. But no, it isn't really a full-on restaurant. The drip coffees and espresso drinks are the stars here. (However, they do have beer on tap!)

        900 Grayson is great, but there's often a fairly long (half hour plus) wait on the weekend, which may not be ideal with a toddler in tow. Not open on Sundays.

        If you're willing to go a little bit further north, I really like the brunch at Sunny Side Cafe (in Albany), which is very popular too, but I find the wait to be shorter than 900 Grayson's. Like at Grayson, everything is super local and organic. The "Alameda" (a sort of savory French toast sandwich) is to die for -- literally, given the beautiful massiveness of the thing. There's a new location in downtown Berkeley (close to campus) as well, but I haven't checked it out yet.

        Here's a similar recent thread that also covers a few places in Oakland:

        Camino, in particular, might be right up your alley.

        900 Grayson
        900 Grayson St, Berkeley, CA 94710

        Sunny Side Cafe
        1499 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

        3917 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610

        1. re: Suebee

          A few doors down from Local 123, the breakfasts at Flavah Island Cafe have been geting high praise around here. I've only been there for lunch, but it sounds intriguing if you are feeling adventurous.

          1. re: BernalKC

            I was thinking Flavah Island. I think you could ask them if it was ok to eat breakfast there but bring coffee from next door. The coffee isn't their strong point.

            A place that might really fit the bill is Cafe Aquarius They have excellent coffee, bake their own pastries and have great lemon ricotta pancakes. Here's my report

            The menion of Sunnyside Cafe make me think of Post Meridian which is in that general area. They are in a quiet area and a benefit is that they have a play area for children ... but it is a nice French restuarant with white tablecloths. They are on the pricey side but they are pleasant

            Another thought is Fonda which for $11 there is a chice of breakfast item,a house-baked pastry and coffee. Children under 5 eat free

            One of their other restaurants, Sea Salt has a similar $11 brunch. If it is nice there is a lovely outdoor area in the back.

            I'm thinking if you like Greyson and Cafe Fanny, Cafe Aquarius might be the best choice.

            1. re: rworange

              Thanks for the reminder about Aquarius, RW. It seems like it takes three or four mentions before anything that's in Emeryville really registers with me.

              Your report mainly focused on the pancakes and pastries -- have you gone back and tried any of their savory offerings?

              1. re: abstractpoet

                No. It is not on my ususal migration route. I really wanted to see what they were making in the bakery for Christmas, but just didn't make it.

              2. re: rworange

                My in-laws live close to the Emeryville/Berkeley border so Aquarius my be the place.

                Love that Post Meridian is fancy but has a play are - so thoughtful. However, I think it's a bit more upscale than what we're looking for.

                And they live very close to Sea Salt so we'll have to consider it as well.

                Thanks so much for the suggestions!

              3. re: BernalKC

                Hmm, I think Flavah may not suit our group, but it sounds good, thanks!

          2. Aunt Mary's on Telegraph Ave in Oakland might serve.

            Aunt Mary's Cafe
            4307 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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            1. re: nicedragonboy

              Agreed, Aunt Mary's is also a possibility - thanks!