La Capilla Mercado de Jugos Y Café 1106 University Ave./San Pablo Ave., West Berkeley, (510) 529-4906. Daily 9am-10pm.
|interior of La Capilla Mercado de Jugos Y Café in Berkeley, California|
Located on one of Berkeley’s busiest traffic corners, this small spot offers the saving grace of an adjacent free parking lot. The low-key interior features natural brick walls and high ceilings, but only a few tables. La Capilla translates as "The Chapel," and the decor honors that with some traditional Mexican religious portraits. Crispy chilaquiles are available on the breakfast menu and come with a mild salsa verde or spicier red salsa, an egg (I ask for this on the side), and a side of black beans. Lunch brings on really good double-wrapped tacos with a large list of fillings, including fish as well as mushrooms and kale. They are small, so two would be considered an average portion. My go-to order is the spectacular mole 23 chicken tacos (made with free range chicken and a 23-ingredient mole) with a side of the flavorful green rice that is heavy on the cilantro and also a side of the sweet caramelly fried platanos. Vegans favor the Vegetatiano burrito filled with grilled onions, serrano peppers, and guacamole. A variety of fresh-squeezed juices are available along with smoothies and delicious aguas frescas. It is counter service, but items are then brought to the table.
|brick walls at La Capilla Mercado de Jugos Y Café in Berkeley, California|
|tacos at La Capilla Mercado de Jugos Y Café in Berkeley, California|
|array of lunch items at La Capilla Mercado de Jugos Y Café in Berkeley, California|
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