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Any great bagels in Berkeley?

We will be visiting friends in Berkeley this summer and are looking for a place to satisfy our daily bagel and a schmeer habit. Really strong coffee is a plus. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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    1. There may be suggestions but unfortunately no satisfactory solutions.

      1. Berkeley Bagel (on Gilman) makes decent bagels that are pretty good if you eat them right away. They are by no means "great" (not by East Coast standards), but I find them passable when I have a craving. They are the best I've found in the East Bay.

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        Berkeley Bagel
        1281 Gilman St, Albany, CA

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        1. re: abstractpoet

          I agree. I used to get onion bagels from Manhattan on 4th street, but I've switched to Berkeley Bagel. They're okay. The cream cheese can be on the verge of spoiling, though, so I don't recommend that.

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          Berkeley Bagel
          1281 Gilman St, Albany, CA

        2. Thanks for the tip, I think, sounds like we should leave our bagel habit for NY and look for another way to start the day, how about French or Italian bakery with great morning bread?

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          1. re: jaimecouchon

            Those we have lots of! Try La Farine on College or Solano, Crixa Cakes on Adeline, Acme on Gilman, Masse's on Shattuck, or Sweet Adeline on Shattuck.

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            Crixa Cakes
            2748 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703

            Sweet Adeline
            3350 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA

            La Farine
            6323 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

            1. re: JasmineG

              Acme at Cedar and San Pablo, right?

              1. re: JasmineG

                Also Sweet Adeline on Adeline.

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                Sweet Adeline
                3350 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA

            2. I agree skipping bagels here is best but do try Cafe Fanny for light breakfast and cafe au lait...right next to Acme bread. one of my favorite things is cafe au lait with acme levain toast and their seasonal jam. simple but perfect.
              also for afternoon coffee with pastry...Crixa Cakes is a must. also a really lovely pot of tea besides coffee. cakes are unforgettable.

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              Crixa Cakes
              2748 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703

              Cafe Fanny
              1603 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

              1. Looking forward to Acme toast and a strong cup of coffee for our morning break and maybe a litlle cake in the afternoon, thanks all.