I love the pancakes with crme frache and the bread basket. It's really good, honest Provenal food. I also like the Cte Ouest.
They keep the coffee flowing which is always a plus.
The wait is ungodly though. This is the main reason I almost never come here on weekends. I only go on weekdays, and even then you had better bring a book or something. It wasn't like this back in 2005, but people got wise pretty quick.
It's worth the wait though I'd have to say.
Everyone is friendly, the salon is really relaxing and inviting. The service is impeccable. They're always trying to get you tea. It's nice.
Tracy is the best, though she can be a bit hard to book due to her popularity. I've never been displeased with a haircut she's given me.
I haven't been to their new location in Bay Street, but it's nice and much bigger from what I hear.
Good ice cream, great toppings (Jersey Fudge = awesome). The sundaes are huge. You think the two scoop seems wussy, but it's not. Underestimation is key here.
I haven't had the food, but it looks like a typical greasy spoon (think nicer Denny's / Mel's).
Parking -- there is absolutely no parking and they really pack 'em in. On any weekend and a lot of week nights, expect not only to wait, but to park really far away.
Citron is one of my favorite places in Rockridge. The food is purely California-French and done very well. The menu changes pretty frequently and is mostly seasonally inspired.
Their wine list is quite excellent as they employ a full-time sommelier to my knowledge. The chef's tasting menu has the option of a selected pairing which I wholeheartedly recommend.
Citron has two pleasantly surprising but little known facts:
1) The dessert is awesome. Every time I have gone the desserts have been innovative, perfectly executed, and accompanied by a great selection of dessert wines or espresso.
2) Brunch. It's really one of the best places to get a proper brunch. I had a meyer lemon eggs benedict that was perfect.
Classy ambiance, never terribly crowded. A real find in Rockridge.
Their pastry is better than their bread in my opinion. All of their tarts are tasty. I wouldn't say they're the best, but they're pretty good.
I got a Chamonix cake here once for my girlfriend's birthday. It was excellent. They threw in frosting writing, gratuit of course.
The atmosphere really tries to emulate a Parisian boulangerie if you're into that sort of thing.
They have an excellent selection of just about everything.
My favorites are, in order of deliciousness:
1) Lemon Bar
2) French Apple Tart
3) 19th century baguette
4) Cinnamon Swirl Bread
5) Graniola Cookies
As you can see, their offerings are diverse. Everything is top quality and usually quite fresh.
All of their regular bread is really good, but particularly the 19th century baguette. It seriously tastes buttery but without any actual butter in it. It's weird, but tasty.
They aren't a traditional bakery by any means. Most of their baked goods tend toward a sort of Berkeley granola vibe. They have a good assortment of vegan goods, but most of their stuff is the real deal.
The cinnamon twists are really good. The challah is pretty good too. I'm not too much of a fan of their other stuff. The fact is they don't have a terribly wide selection and it rarely changes. They have a few scones and danishes, but that's about it. The morning buns are also just ok, but the cinnamon twist fills that need much better in my opinion.
I hear Cole Coffee on College buys their baked goods from here.
I just had their brownie sundae and I rescind my 'Just OK' rating. This sundae rocked. The brownie was fudgy yet a bit crispy on the edges (which is great when smothered in vanilla ice cream). At $6.25, it's not cheap, but I assure you it is worth it and can satisfy two people. The only reason I went was because it was raining and consequently drove back the crowds.
Ici and many Berkeleans would consider it the bay's answer to Berthillion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berthillon) but I assure you it is not.
The ice cream is good, but not great. The flavors seemed innovative at first (meyer lemon, malted everything, plum, etc) but the basics aren't that amazing.
I must say the ice cream sandwiches are good, but at $4 they're a bit overvalued.
The lines are really way too long. I'm talking 30 people deep multiple nights a week. Also, the free sampling makes people take for-ev-er. It's abused and then some. My friend's waited 45 minutes. This is far too long for ice cream that's just ok.
For an appetizer my girlfriend and I shared an order of platanos which were excellent. The cream was unexpected but was surprisingly delicious.
I had the Carne Desilda with casamiento and red refried beans. Everything was really good. The flavors were similar to other latin food, but the preparation and combinations were different in a good way. Very satisfying and hearty. The portions are quite generous.
The wine selection was admirable and generically latin (Chile, Argentina, and Spain). I always enjoy when restaurants try to include regional wine.
The ambiance is ok. The dining room is laid out somewhat oddly.
My only real critique is that the service was really slow. The kitchen seemed understaffed and unprepared to put out lots of food. The restaurant was pretty full for a Tuesday and I guess they didn't plan on a large service. The food was great when it arrived, but we were starving by the time entrees were served.
I'd definitely go again.
Gordo's is pretty much a staple in my diet. It's incredibly basic, but that's what makes it so good and reliable. Very delicious all the time.
They guys working there never seem terribly friendly, but the service is always great.
The place is really small and is more of a grab-n-go establishment so I can't count this as a fault.
Definitely one of the closest attempts at real Mexican style food. Highly recommended if you have a penchant for real burritos or real tacos.