Berkeley Bowl

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2020 Oregon St., Berkeley, CA, USA

Berkeley Bowl Reviews

Eric Eric
408 reviews
Jan 16, 2006
Berkeley Bowl is a grocery store, but shopping at it feels more like

trench warfare. First you have to find parking within the tiny lot, a

task made even more imposing due to the fact that you have to dodge

crazed Prius drivers, throngs of pedestrians, and the occasional old

hippy on a bicycle. Once you get inside the chaos only continues as you

are forced to battle your way through a crowd of Berkeleyites whose

only objectives are to get to that last piece of fruit before you do

and batter you repeatedly with their shopping carts.

The reason people put up with the madness is because of the staggering

collection of fresh fruit and vegetables they have here. Their produce

selection puts other supermarkets to shame. Last time I was there I

counted 10 different types of oranges, 8 different types of apples, and

6 different types of grapes. They have apples the size of your thumb,

pomegranates the size of your head, and rare fruits that look like they

were harvested from some alien planet. Even if you elect to

go with standard fruits, you'll be able to taste a difference and

quality and freshness. Prices for fruit and veggies are fairly cheap

since they buy everything in bulk. After you exit the store laden with

your spoils you will feel like you've won a hard-earned, yet

worthwhile, battle. Definitely check it out if you are in town.
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angie says:
Me, whimpering on the ground after a rapid hippie shoves me out of the way with her bike tire: "All I wanted was the organic dried mango..."
Posted on: Jan 17, 2006
kevinw83 says:
Berkeley bowl is the shit. Did you know that it, along with Alice Waters and Chez Panisse, were the birth of Californian Cuisine. A little birdy told me that once.

They also have these awesome caramel covered nuts which taste like pure candy. Probably because they are.
Posted on: Jan 16, 2006
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