Berkeley Bowl has finally opened its long-awaited café in its “west” location, with sandwiches, salads, and grill and rotisserie items for the conscientious grocery shopper. rworange checked out the scene.
The menu changes daily, but gourmet-pedigreed offerings include herbed goat cheese with avocado, shaved celery root, heirloom tomatoes, pesto, and upland watercress on multigrain bread; olive-oil-poached shrimp with heirloom tomato salad; and a line-caught-tuna sandwich. All sandwiches come with house-made salt-and-pepper potato chips; there are also onion rings and hand-cut frites.
Hot sandwiches are available as well, such as wood-fired turkey, beer-steamed Aidells or Columbus sausage, and a Cubano with Columbus pork loin, rosemary ham, and Swiss cheese. rworange had a grilled cheese with sharp cheddar, Havarti, and Gruyère on herbed focaccia, and found it appropriately gooey and tasty.
Wood-fired ovens produce roasted chicken and turkey, pizza, and roasted mussels or littleneck clams with garlic and chorizo. There’s also barbecue: ribs, brisket, Louisiana hot links, baked beans, and greens.
Sandwiches run $4.95 to $7.25, 9-inch pizzas are $6.25 to $7.25, barbecue plates start at $8.99, and wines by the glass are $5. It’s early days yet at this place—wine is being served in plastic cups.
Cafe W Rotisserie & Grill [East Bay]
920 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley