900 Grayson Street, Berkeley CA 94710 | 510.704.9900 | website
Mr. K and I had an excellent breakfast at this popular restaurant which is only open for breakfast, brunch and lunch. My friends have been raving about this place for years but we had a very firm dedication to Bette’s on 4th Street if we ever found ourselves in Berkeley for breakfast… Sometimes it is very hard to break away from old habits, and we were glad that we did! It’s located on a residential street, but I found parking nearby and we joined the small group of people waiting outside as there was no room inside. We waited about 10 minutes chasing the sunny spots to keep warm, and were called in and led through the bustling dining room all the way to the back patio.
The back patio was crowded with tables filled with diners enjoying the warmth from the bright sun.
This is the first year that I have no New Years resolutions and I’m filled with a bad ass attitude of you only live once… which I’ll explain further another time. Now that we have that out in the open, I was set on ordering the Grayson Burger, which is rated best in the bay by Zagat and San Francisco Magazine, but after the server walked by carrying a plate of chicken and waffles I changed my mind and ordered their famous Demon Lover ($12) two pieces of Spicy Buttermilk Fried Fulton Valley Chicken Paillard, Buttermilk Waffle & Old-Fashioned Cream Gravy or Vermont Maple Syrup $2 extra for both, which I was so glad I got.
Mmmm, both the chicken and the gravy were liberally sprinkled with dried Korean chili flakes, which added a very nice heat and flavor to the dish. The chicken pieces were tender and juicy and coated with a lightly crisped, excellent savory batter, and that gravy was so good I dunked every single bite… I had to look up the term paillard, which means a piece of meat that has been pounded thin and cooked quickly.
The waffle was not crispy nor did it have any apparent butter as I have become accustomed to at Home of Chicken and Waffles click here to see what I mean… but I enjoyed it dunked into the maple syrup and ate every single bite.
Mr.K enjoyed the Breakfast plate ($9.5) two Fresh Farm Eggs, Aidells Chicken-Apple Sausage (huh, he opted for the sausage over the Nueske’s smoked bacon!), but he really dug the Idaho Hashed Browns which had an incredible golden crust. The toasted Acme Levain came without butter…
And I must point out the excellent selection of hot sauces, we liked the housemade hot sauce in the front bottle best.
I wish that I worked near here as they offer a Hobbit Midday Meal served 11:30am-3pm Monday thru Friday. Here is a very informative post on the restaurant’s owners the brothers Saulnier. And I plan to go back to check out the Grayson Burger and more very soon.