Good, Friendly Cafe
Here's a plug for a good, friendly cafe on San Pablo @ Virginia in Berkeley -- Cafe Leila. I went there today with my sister and three of our kids. My son and I had BLTs -- very tasty bacon, they followed our request for light mayo. The tomatoes were a bit lackluster, but that's more our fault for ordering something with T in December. Best news, though, from a mom's perspective, my son gobbled up the salad -- the dressing was really tasty and not over-powering. My sister and her kids split a tuna salad sandwich (which got eaten up in a flash) and a California wrap (which was a bit harder to eat -- good parts, but the presentation needs work).
We've been here a bunch of times and the service is always very friendly. They'll make things off-menu (like a fruit plate) and are very accommodating to kids. The back garden is lovely and has funky kitchen-themed art (an enormous whisk, for example) that is fun to look at.
Support your local, independent cafes!
1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
I've been to Leila for tea before, but this weekend we stopped by for a snack and really enjoyed a mango smoothie (not too sweet, make with low-fat plain frozen yogurt) and a really delicious lamb burger. And of course pots of looseleaf tea.
Such a beautiful patio, and the interior is welcoming too. Big parking lot (not that you need it), great prices. Free wireless, but it's not mobbed with laptops.