Wednesday, July 11, 2018

80 North: Berkeley, La Capilla Mercado de Jugos Y Café


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
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
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
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
array of lunch items at La Capilla Mercado de Jugos Y Café in Berkeley, California


More things to do in Berkeley. 

Way more thing to do in Berkeley. 

More ideas for exploring Northern California. 

images ©2018 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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