I've been living in El Cerrito for 7 years and am frustrated with restaurant choices in this town. I drive to Solano Ave and North Berkeley for more interesting choices. What is it going to take to get some here, too? Let me whine for a moment.
We need a bakery! I get my goods at Cheeseboard, sometimes La Farine.
I love the offerings at Juice Collection in Walnut Square. They are fresh and, this is important, not loaded with sugar, sodium, and sauces. Where do we get that here?
For tasty Mediterranean items, I eat at Sophies, and Barneys for fresh salads and tofu burgers.
And Ajanta and Viks for wonderful fresh and healthy Indian food.
Then Cha-Ya for vegetarian japanese food - or any sushi place. I do buy sashmi at Yaoya-San, but wish they open a sit-down place to eat. I just remembered there is such a place on the Plaza, but I don't enjoy eating there because it I feel like I am in the middle of a huge parking area. It's enough to kill my appetite. I tolerate it enough to shop at Traders Joe.
For brunches, I go to Betty Oceanview or Sunnyside on Solano.
For coffee, I go to my local Peets, but miss the interaction with the community that occurs outside their stores on Solano and Walnut Square. So, I cheat sometimes. The sidewalk outside the El Cerrito Peets is yearning for the same. What's holding up the plan to put chairs and tables outside?
I want to eat and pay for good and interesting food in my hometown. I cannot afford to live in Berkeley, and El Cerrito is as close to Berkeley I can get. Are there others like me, just a few more? Hundreds more?
If there is anyone out there waiting for an opportunity in El Cerrito to set up a local eatery (read not a national chain) that serves fresh and healthy (read not packaged) food, there is no better time than NOW. Please pipe up if you're with me. If there is a good reason not to do business in El Cerrito, please enlighten me. I'm sure the Economic Development Director at the City Hall will want to know, too.
Ok, thanks for listening.