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The post for this eNEWS defines itself as a kitchen and bake shop and that’s the name of this restaurant that offers organic, seasonal, and locally sourced food for lunch and dinner and provides options for eating in, taking-out and catering.
Summer Kitchen & Bake Shop
2944 College Ave.
Berkeley, Ca 94705
Hours: Every Day, 11:00 AM — 8 PM
Closed most holidays
Dinner at the Summer Kitchen Bake Shop is an inexpensive and delightful experience. Located in the Elmwood Shopping District in South East Berkeley, it allows for a pleasant stroll along the College Avenue shops and neighborhood. Parking can be difficult, but is worth the effort.
The restaurant is small, so getting there early is a good idea. When our reviewer arrived at 5:30 pm there were still some tables available but very shortly thereafter the place was full. There are only a few rustic tables and it is self-service. Its relaxed atmosphere appeals to all ages, including families with young children.
The menu is not large, but extensive enough to provide a good choice. They have:
|Salads||Ranging from Star Route Farms Baby Greens at $7.00 to Kale Caesar Salad at $12.50|
|Soup||With locally available seasonal ingredients — $7.00/pint|
|Made-to-Order Sandwiches||Acme bread and homemade mayo
Hearst Ranch Burger — $11.50
Apple Smoked Bacon — $11.50
Crispy Chicken — $11.50
|Pre-made sandwiches||Diestel Turkey — $8.50
Sicilian Tuna Salad — $11.50
Organic Egg Salad — $ 7.50
|Pizza||Margherita — $13.00
Hobb’s Pepperoni — $14.00
Brentwood Corn — $16.00
Organic Beech Mushroom — $17.00
House-made Fennel Sausage — $15.00
Black mission fig — $16.00
|Nightly Dinner Specials||Half Chicken from Brick Oven — $19.00
Organic Becker Lane St. Louis Pork Chops — $19.00
Whole Wheat Spelt Pasta — $16.00
California King Salmon -$22.00
Organic Spaghetti with Hearst Ranch Meatballs — $18.00
|Beers and Wines||Wine — $7.00 per glass, $21.00 per bottle and Beer — $5.00|
The above is a summary of the menu. For a more detailed description go to their website.
Our reviewer and party chose organic spaghetti and meatballs and a special pizza that was on the menu board. The meatball dish was very good and the portion so large that the left over became next day’s lunch. The special pizza was also very good and enough to bring home for a snack. Baked goods were available for dessert and also got a thumbs-up from our reviewer and his date.
All in all, the food was excellent and reasonably priced!!