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La Note

La Note is one of the most highly sought-after brunch places in Berkeley. Boasting gourmet French cuisine, La Note most often has wait times of over an hour, and a large crowd waiting outside.

The food was phenomenal. La Note is mostly known for their French pastries, which you can order as a filled basket, and their incredibly fluffy egg dishes, all of which come with their garlic home fries.

Their pastries include croissants, coffee cakes, brioche, tartine, and baguettes. While the basket and a brunch plate might be too much, a select few are great to share – we ordered the Toasted Cinnamon Brioche with Lavender Honey and the Sour Cream Coffee Cake Maison. I was completely taken by the Lavender Honey – the airy Cinnamon brioche dipped in the Lavender Honey was heavenly, with the Lavender leaving a subtle but lasting taste.

The main courses included a variety of egg dishes, pancakes, French brioche (fancy for French Toast), and smaller oatmeal cups. The dishes come with a side of home fries, with meaty garlic cloves as big as the potatoes, and combo dishes include the fluffiest, softest eggs you’ve ever tasted.

Above is the Les Oeufs Lucas, with Scrambled Eggs and Goat Cheese on toast and a side of home fries and roasted tomatoes. Below is the classic Two Eggs + Bacon dish, sunny side up.

I ordered the Cote Est, which was a combo plate with eggs, a pancake, and bacon or home fries. I asked the waitress for the “Swirly Pancake” after seeing multiple people enjoying them. Not only are they incredibly photogenic, but the “Swirly Pancake,” which turned out to be the Creme Fraiche pancake, was creamy and delicious too!

The coffee and eggs completely won me over, and the Creme Fraiche pancake along with the aromatic garlic and potatoes completed this incredible brunch meal. The atmosphere is perfect for family meals and cute dates, with the bustling but gentle wait staff and the romantic French environment. La Note also has a large back patio covered in greenery. This is a place I will definitely be returning to!

2377 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704

 

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Bartavelle Coffee & Wine Bar

Bartavelle Coffee & Wine Bar, located off San Pablo Ave in Berkeley, functions as a cafe by day and wine bar by evening. The coffee comes from Heart coffee, and there is a full menu where visitors can enjoy full breakfasts, various toast creations, as… Read More

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Trouble Coffee Co.

Trouble is a small, hole in the wall coffee shop located on Judah in the Sunset District. While the interior and exterior are nothing flashy, the coffee is delectable and the pastries are abundant. The toast isn’t listed on any menu (in fact, there is… Read More

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Tartine

Tartine Bakery, located in the Mission, has been on the top of my list for cafe destinations ever since Tastemade named it the best bakery in San Francisco. While I think Craftsman and Wolves and Mr. Holmes Bakehouse are very strong competitors, I was excited to finally… Read More

Home

Home, located on Noriega St., is a recently opened cafe in the heart of the Sunset. The cafe stays true to it’s name: the shape of the interior has slanted roofs like a house, and is quiet and homey. Home was a relaxing change to… Read More

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Jane on Larkin 

 Jane on Larkin immediately won over my tastebuds and secured a spot in my brunch favorites. The cafe, which doesn’t have a sign on the outside, is located in the not-so-nice area of the Tenderloin, but makes up for it by it’s amazing selection of… Read More

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Coffee Lab

     The Coffee Lab is one of the many reasons why my work spoils me. Located in the cluster of buildings off Shorebird Way at Google, Coffee Lab is the first stop I make as soon as I arrive at work. Not only does it have the… Read More