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May 8, 2010 12:02 PM

New cafe/creperie in West Berkeley

While walking home from Local 123 (our new favorite coffee spot), discovered Zazou's Cafe (2309 San Pablo Ave between Bancroft Way & Chaucer, 510-649-1824) and stopped in to check it out. This is in the cute little spot formerly occupied by Gallegos. I could be wrong but I believe the owner, Zazou, is a former Cafe Trieste manager and barista. He opened this spot about 3 weeks ago. Menu has coffee (which we didn't try but reviews on yelp suggest is very good), sweet and savory crepes (tried sugar and butter - thought it was very nice but would benefit from a squeeze of lemon and a few more moments of cooking to get browner), some house-made baked goods (after admiring the looks of the chocolate marzipan cake we were provided with a slice, on the house - thought it was delicious, not too sweet, and perfectly moist and dense), and a few other things (panini, eggs). There are a few seats inside and out, parking on-site, and an impressive number of people given how new the place is. Always happy to see new things in West Berkeley and this looks like a great addition to the neighborhood. We will definitely be back to try more!

Local 123
2049 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

Zazou's Cafe
2309 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

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  1. I just heard about this place yesterday from a regular, who knew the owner from Trieste. My informant raved about the grilled chicken panino.

    1. I happened to notice it the other day when I went to the nursery across the street to buy some plants.

      I used to be a regular at Gallegos, and really enjoyed sitting in the back eating tacos. So I'm glad this new cafe is off to a good start. Thanks for posting.

      1. Great find. A cup of Moroccan lamb soup today was as thick as stew and nicely seasoned. The breakfast crepe (eggs, ham, cheese) was excellent. This is a very tiny place; the enclosed patio out back isn't there anymore and I forgot to ask whether they intend to restore it.