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Visiting Restaurant Recommendations

Hello All,
I'm visiting from NYC in a few weeks (staying in Berkeley) and would appreciate a restaurant recommendation for Thursday lunch and/or Dinner. I'd also like a recommendation for a Friday breakfast place (coffe shop/bakery) near the Embarcadero BART Stop.

Thanks so much!

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  1. For bakery, if you're willing to walk 4 blocks, there's a La Boulange on California past Sansome (they also have savory stuff like smoked salmon or quiche)

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    1. re: barleywino

      I would so rather go to the Ferry Building (a few blocks from Embarcadero Bart) than to La Boulange. Cowgirl Creamery has excellent breakfast sandwiches. Acme makes great bread. Blue Bottle makes great coffee. They only open at 7:30ish a.m. though, so it has to be OK that you don't need to be on BART till 8:30.

      1. re: goldangl95

        do any of those places in the Ferry bldg have pastries like Boulange? I suppose it depends whether the OP has a sweet tooth or not ;)

        1. re: goldangl95

          Blue Bottle, Boulettes Larder and Acme all have morning pastries and all are better than La Boulange. Boulettes has a charming seating area, or you can sit on a bench outside with a view of the Bay and the ferry landing.

      2. Recommendation for Berkeley or SF?

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        1. re: ML8000

          Either or Both. Staying in Berkeley, but working in SFO.

          1. re: seth203

            Thursday lunch/dinner - Chez Panisse Cafe, Berkeley. Also in Berkeley: Mexican food, Cancun Taqueria. Lunch would be good. Both are in or close to downtown Berkeley.

            SF, lots and lots of choices...

            1. re: seth203

              Evening dinner at Revival after coming back on BART. Sit at the bar.

          2. SF: Trou Normand, Ferry Plaza (bunch of food trucks on Thursday at lunchtime), Perbacco

            Berkeley: Comal, Ippuku

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              According to OT, there are no tables between 6 and 8 at trou normand for weeks. If one goes early, 5 or 5:30 or 6, it seems possible to snag a table, and probably the bar will be open.

              1. re: bbulkow

                Trou Normand is open for lunch, and for a solo diner there's almost always a seat a the bar.