A diner's oversize booths and oversize pancakes have long been a beacon of hope for teens dumped after prom and frowny clowns looking for new novelty-size props. Take refuge in the syrupy stacks of an old-fashioned eatery with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of American diner fare at Homemade Cafe in Berkeley; Homemade Cafe does not accept reservations.
For more than 30 years, the kitchen wizards at Homemade Cafe have whipped up a menu bursting with hearty breakfast and lunch favorites served seven days a week. Egg dishes are available all day, including the denver omelet, which combines ham, bell peppers and onions with melted jack cheese ($9.25). A vegan breakfast scramble ($9.25) combines savory flavors of tofu and veggies served with a choice of black beans or grits, and whole-wheat cinnamon waffles with pecans ($6), and Homemade's very own granola recipe ($4.50) coats full stomachs with syrup. A dish of Home Fry Heaven—sautéed spuds with cheese, salsa, sour cream, and either guacamole or pesto ($6.50)—leads taste buds to dance with glee.
Lunch features a jaw-dropping sandwich selection, sporting hand-held favorites such as the California club with traditional BLT fixings, turkey, and guacamole hugged between toasted sourdough slices ($8.25), or the delightfully gooey pastrami melt with coleslaw, provolone, and rye ($7.50). A dizzying array of coffee, tea, juice, beer, and wine quench beverage-barren mouths.