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New cafe/creperie in West Berkeley

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roikoe May 8, 2010 12:02 PM

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!

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Local 123
2049 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

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

  1. Robert Lauriston May 8, 2010 12:30 PM

    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. escargot3 May 9, 2010 09:51 AM

      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.

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        ernie in berkeley May 9, 2010 12:43 PM

        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.

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