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Gourmet Ghetto

  • Shattuck Ave. between Delaware and Rose Sts. Map It
  • North Berkeley
  • Neighborhood/Street
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

The success of Alice Water's Chez Panisse defined California cuisine and attracted countless other food-related enterprises to a stretch of Shattuck Avenue now known as the Gourmet Ghetto. Foodies will do well to spend a couple of hours here poking around the shops, grabbing a quick bite, or indulging in a full meal.

The line stretches down the block in front of Cheese Board Pizza (1512 Shattuck), where live jazz bands serenade diners who spill out onto the sidewalk and median. Next door is the Cheese Board Collective and its fabulous bakery and cheese counter. Nearby, César (1515 Shattuck) wine bar and tapas house provides afternoon quaffs and late-night drinks, while the food stands of the Epicurious Garden (1509–1513 Shattuck) sell everything from sushi to gelato. In the back of the upscale food court, a small terraced garden winds up four levels to the Imperial Tea Court, a zenlike teahouse rife with imports and tea ware.

Across Vine,

the Vintage Berkeley (2113 Vine) wineshop offers regular tastings and a great selection of reasonably priced bottles within the walls of a historic former pump house. Coffee lovers can head to the original Peet's Coffee & Tea at the corner of Walnut and Vine (2124 Vine) or venture to No. 1600 for a cup of Philz custom-blend coffee.

South of Cedar Street is the art-filled Guerilla Cafe (No. 1620), a breakfast and lunch spot beloved for its waffles (and Blue Bottle Coffee). Also look for the Local Butcher Shop (No. 1600), which sells locally sourced meat and hearty made-to-order sandwiches. For high-end food at takeout prices, try the salads, sandwiches, and signature potato puffs at Grégoire, around the corner on Cedar Street (No. 2109) or pastrami, latkes, and other Jewish deli fare at local favorite Saul's Restaurant and Delicatessen (No. 1475). Masse's Pastries with its delicate tortes, dainty eclairs, and decadent desserts (No. 1469) is a museum of edible artwork. We could go on, but you get the idea.

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Shattuck Ave. between Delaware and Rose Sts., Berkeley, California, 94709, USA

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Published 07/06/2016


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