Berkeley's Cafe has been open for a few weeks now, so I stopped in to see how life on war-torn Silver Spring was going.
Answer: Pretty well.
Anecdotally, I've heard from a number of people who have eaten there, finding Berkeley's a tough table to get on Fridays and Saturdays during the hour.
Sadly, my wife and I have not gotten to Berkeley's, as our twice weekly dinner outings have been sharply curtailed by the birth of our second child. However .. after helping my neighbor, they thanked me with a Gift Certificate from Berkeley's, so we should be dining soon.
And to show how well Berkeley's is doing .. the manager told me their first printing of Gift Certificates was sold out. Pretty good first month.
First, you can read Berkeley's entire menu on their website: http://www.berkeleyscafe.com
They are open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, all of which are available for take-out (Phone: 897-8624), and of course, have a nice bar for drinks.
They also have a quick to-go menu (see picture) with coffee, espresso, soups and salads, ready for a quick purchase.
Here's a sampling of their menu items:
- Egg Croissant or Wrap
- Belgium Orange Waffle
- Huevos Rancheros Omelet
- And all the basics .. Eggs, pancakes, bacon.
- Prices: $5-$9
- Appies: Cheese Plate, Fondue, Wings, Nachos, Samosas $6-12
- Soups: Tomato Rosemary, Whitefish Corn Chowder $4-5
- Grilled Burger / Chicken
- Tuna Salad
- Mustard Egg Salad
- 1/2 Soup, Sandwich
- Prices: $8-10
- Most of the Lunch menu plus..
- Roasted Pork Loin
- Apple Duck Confit
- Chicken & Mushrooms
- Fish & Chips
- Cafe Meatloaf
- Prices: $14-19
They have a great, cheap kid's menu, if I do say so myself:
- Chicken Strips
- Grilled Cheese
- Pasta & Marinara
- Mini Burgers
- Fruit Cup
- Prices: $3-5
- They have high-chairs, crayons, the usual kid-friendly stuff
- Warm Sugar Donuts
- Chocolate Bouchons
It's about a 3 minute drive from wherever you live.
And YOU and I have to support it. Silver Spring is going through tough times right now. With the economy in the tank, times will get tougher. It is now more important than ever to support these local merchants, or .. guess what? They'll close.
Imagine if Berkeley's succeeds, turns a profit, and has some spill-over customers for the rest of the Silver Spring merchants, from 7am to 11pm. That would be fantastic. Imagine a 2nd restaurant (Hooters!) .. and an ice cream shop. Bingo. Silver Spring is back on track.
So how do you support it? Take the pledge: Eat at Berkeley's every 3 months. Something, anything, a breakfast here, a dinner there. 4 times a year, once a season. If you have kids and can't make it out, fine. Do take-out. Here's the phone again: 897-8624.
Marija Whitman, co-owner passed along this bit:
Kevin, it has been the most wonderful feeling to see the outpouring of support and sincerity from customers. What a warm welcome. We thank them sincerely for coming, and they thank us sincerely for being here.
It makes us want to try harder to never let our amazing community down!
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