About half an eon ago Island Girl suggested I blog about some of my favorite Berkeley restaurants — right before my camera was dropped and developed an alarming rattle.
Oh, and it stopped working; a rattle I could have ignored.
So with my new uber-spiffy camera that I don't know really how to work yet, I am beginning my mission.
At first I thought I'd do one lengthy, eveything-in-it screed.
Then I decided that getting this done in the next decade might be a better idea.
So what I will be doing is occasionally adding a restaurant review into the flow here.
I'm trying to think of the places that aren't obvious, famous places, but are really good.
And here's the first.
Zeste is a family-run lunch spot near my kid's math tutor.
That means I come by here twice a week, even if it's only to get a take-out tea to help the Sair recover from an hour of one-on-one Calculus.
The people at Zeste do bits of gardening outside, and have an assortment of wind socks for sunny days, and have inside and outside tables.
They get busy, but never so crowded that they seem to mind me sitting there with a book and a cocoa for an hour.
If I haven't brought a book, they always have a newspaper or two.
Sometimes they have live music on the weekends, or special menu things with a theme.
They have nifty daily specials, and they make everything from scratch.
The flan with fresh berries was particularly fine.
A definite plus is the park.
Sadly the creek area off to the right is a little too iffy to hang out in, but the grassy area is nice.
Some days the Montessori school across the street puts on an unintentional floor show, playing all manner of arcane games.
It's all right — they are there with their teachers and don't get annoying.
It isn't officially a dog park, but all the neighborhood dogs come by with their people and toys.
And people come and eat lunch with their dogs.
And people come with their mother's groups and toddlers.
Very low-key, very pleasant.