Standard Fare 2701 8th St./Carleton St. #118, West Berkeley, (510) 356-2261. B-L M-Sat. M-F 8:30-5, Sat 9-3. The fare at this catering company is anything but standard. And you’re never sure what you’re going to be offered because the cafe-bakery menu changes every day so (you can check the current day’s menu ahead online). I adore the scones, which always seems to be different. Today it was a perfect candied grapefruit-currant version. I also picked up some baby biscuits with jam and butter for later. Other past items have included a really good breakfast biscuit sandwich, cookies, brownies, pickles, rutabaga soup, and a sandwich with chicken pate, roasted chicken, and pickled vegetables. The menu offers vegan and vegetarian options, and eaten in house are served on attractive earthenware bowls and plates. Seating in this part-cafe/mostly-bakery venue is minimal--think a small window-ledge table with just a few stools. I advise planning to take your order to-go.
Just next door are another pastry bakery and a bread bakery.
●La Noisette Sweets (#116 (510) 813-8300) makes fabulous French pastries, including a pistachio-raspberry and a smoked-salmon croissant. Cakes, including a fruit-topped cheesecake, are also available.
●Morell’s Bread (#114, (415) 302-8609) is also superb. Try the crispy-crusted sunflower whole-wheat loaf with a soft, moist interior, or the delicious rye. Watch the bakers prepare the bread.
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