The owners of Honeyberry derive a sense of pride from their local-mindedness; it's why they plaster their café's walls with illustrations of Berkeley life, and infuse each of their creations with locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. They also supply the community with tried-and-true local favorites, from frozen yogurt topped with chopped fruits and candies to crispy golden waffles. Despite all of the boosterism, the café's menu also has its international corners; gelato, bubble tea, and freshly baked roti buns all draw upon culinary traditions from far-flung cultures. These elements combine to create an experience that's both familiar and novel, like returning to your childhood home to find that it's been converted into a paintball arena.
The biggest secret at Sushi Secrets is no secret at all: The chefs have transformed all of the sushi rolls into sushi burritos?called sushirittos. Oversized rice-lined seaweed sheets serve as the wrap, and ingredients range from typical tuna, salmon, and cream cheese combinations to more diverse choices such as house-marinated purple Peruvian potatoes, sweetcorn, lotus chips, and shaved cabbage. Guests can order a preselected ingredient combination from the chefs, or walk along the buffet area and build their own sushiritto. A corner of the eatery provides patrons with comfy couches and a table to play such games as Jenga and touch football.
Encorecake's bakers turn dessert into an art form. In a kitchen filled with the smells of fresh baked treats, they craft colorful cakes and cupcakes covered in fluffy frosting, in unusual flavors ranging from green tea and s'mores to jellybean and German chocolate. Ovens churn out French macaroons and warm cookies each morning, perfect for pairing with their freshly grounded coffee or Thai tea with boba. Customers can also request made-to-order 8-inch cakes layered with buttercream or chocolate, commission a customized multi-tier cake for a wedding, or project a hologram request for a 3D cake for a birthday celebration.
With more than 10 years of experience in soothing sinews, Anya Drapkin blends a variety of Eastern and Western massage modalities to lift aches from anxious backs and shoulders. Backed by an impressive list of certification and training, Anya uses her skilled hands to knead muscles using organic lotions and light oils, complementing custom massages with soothing aromatherapy. Practicing styles that include Swedish, deep-tissue, myofascial-release, and prenatal massage, therapeutic sessions work to lessen stress or focus on repairing areas of specific injury from work-related repetitive motions or participation in professional body-slam competitions.
The clatter of pots and the sizzle of bacon still remind Jennifer Walker of her grandparents—both superb cooks who inspired Jennifer to take up the spatula herself. Jennifer follows in her grandparent's footsteps at Cafe Lizzi, where she whips up Cajun-inspired cuisine from fresh, local ingredients. Early in the morning, you can spot Jennifer at the kitchen stove, frying eggs, stirring grits, and peeking into the oven to check on homemade biscuits. Come lunchtime, she turns her attention to grilling tri-tips, sizzling up hot links, and melting macaroni cheese by simply batting her eyes and blowing it a kiss. She doles out generous portions from behind a counter in the cozy seating area, where colorful red, green, and blue walls are speckled with pictures.
Cafe Lakeview sits right on the shores of Lake Merritt, offering picturesque views to go with it sandwiches and espresso drinks. The name encompasses the atmosphere, but it doesn't reveal all the menu's secrets:?yes, there are smoothies and salads, but also Ethiopian specialties,?so you can pair your cup of strong Ethiopian coffee with rich veggie stews and injera.