Wednesday, August 2, 2017

80 North: Berkeley, Mezzo


Mezzo  2442 Telegraph Ave.  It’s back!  Though formerly known as Cafe Intermezzo (which burned to the ground in 2011), this incarnation has the same open feeling, long line, and window seats--though now it is in contemporary design and those windows are covered by a “cheese board” to keep the street people from staring in.

exterior of Mezzo on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, California
exterior of Mezzo on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, California

looking out through the "cheeseboard" from Mezzo on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, California
looking out through the "cheeseboard" from Mezzo on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, California

However, the servings of honey bread and salads are as good, and BIG, as ever.  As we used to do, my dining partner and I shared a Veggie Delight salad and were once again adequately fed.  That salad definitely belongs among the world's best and just might be one of the biggest.  It consists of lettuce, cherry tomatoes, garbanzo beans, corn, croutons, and red beans topped with a hunk of avocado, a hard-boiled egg, a hunk of honey bread, and wedge of watermelon--all tossed with your choice of a delicious (our is always sweet poppy dressing).  All this for US$10!  I enjoyed this salad many times in the past at Cafe Intermezzo and look forward to enjoying it many more times in the future at the new Mezzo.

overview of Mezzo on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, California
overview of Mezzo on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, California

Veggie Delight salad at Mezzo on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, California
Veggie Delight salad at Mezzo on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, California

In addition to the salads, sandwiches and soup of the past, Mezzo’s new menu has daily toast specials, pastries, and breakfast burritos at breakfast, and throughout the day an espresso bar dispenses a variety of lattes (think tumeric or mint) as well as nitro brews and a variety of milk and sweetener options.  The cafe is connected with Raleigh’s pub and they share a back patio.

Mezzo Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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