I’m all about a late brunch on a lazy weekend morning. (Provided I can go home & take a nap afterwards…) It always feels like such a luxurious way to relax & hang out & I make sure to always treat myself to a good cup of coffee with cream & sugar. My other favorite thing about brunch is that it’s DAYtime when you’re finished. So many good dinners are in the evening & finish up well after it’s dark, but with brunch, I relish enjoying the light. Sunny mornings with dresses & iced coffee or cozy, foggy, rainy mornings, with a nice hot cup of coffee & a cozy sweater. 🙂
Bette’s Diner is kind of famous in Berkeley. It’s on 4th Street, which is a cute little area a bit closer to the water than downtown & it’s quite far away from students at the university. Most of the people here are families out for the day wandering around, eating yummy food, & doing some shopping. There’s a great bookstore in the area as well & I love the little boutique home stores.
One of my favorite things about Bette’s is the massive slice of pie that takes up the whole ceiling area right when you walk in. It just hits you right away: WELCOME. Come eat PIE. SPLURGE here today. (& I’m totally good with that reminder. What’s brunch if you don’t?!)
Also that pancake & the black & white photos on the wall. It’s a tiny place & super narrow, but the decor is so cute & DINER.
The place has TONS of character.
I mean, come onnnn. They have a jukebox! I’ve never put a song in it though. Have you ever played a jukebox?
For the eating part, Sam had the lox scramble with an onion bagel & super tasty home fries. I tried a bite – it seemed yummy – & Sammy loved it.
What they’re really known for though is their SOUFFLE PANCAKES. Sounds amazing, I’m sure. I, however, do not like pancakes, so I will never ever order them. Ever. (I don’t know what Sam’s deal is though…) People on Yelp are mostly into the pancakes, but sometimes they say they’re nothing to write home about.
I encourage all pancake fans to try the soufflé pancakes & let me know what you think.
I had two poached eggs, whole wheat toast, two chicken apple sausages (they’re smaller), & the homefries. I’m not normally a lover of home fries (I choose hashbrowns every time), but I love how crispy theirs are on the outside & the way they toss in a ton of onions. It definitely gives them a bit more flavor & interest. (p.s. Next time I’ll get the scrambled eggs… the poached ones were a bit watery for my taste, which is weird since normally I love them.)
We couldn’t manage to fit it in our tummies this time, but their banana cream pie is really really good. (My second favorite ever, in fact, right after Park Chow in San Francisco, which has the best banana cream I’ve ever had. & I’m an expert.)
Overall, we’ll definitely be back (again). This place is über cute – I love the vibe & the food is . If I’m going to a diner for breakfast, that’s what I want it to feel like, ya know?
Happy brunching this weekend, friends!
p.s. They have a To Go spot right next door. No brunch food, but they have great snacks, I’ve heard the pizza slices are yummy, & they still serve pie. Win.
VISIT / 1807 4th Street, Berkeley, California 94710
(Allow time to park, bring change if it’s a weekday, & expect to wait for a table. You can’t call ahead to put yourself on the list, but you can go get coffee at the Peet’s across the street & wander around. They yell loudly & tell you when you can expect to come back. Sometimes people take off & the wait is shorter than the estimate.)
Photography: Simone Anne