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Respond to Review of CLOSED: Green Earth Cafe and Bakery
by Sarah_

Review: A great addition to the downtown Berkeley restaurants. The atmosphere is warm and informal: it's a small cafe, nicely decorated. The people are very friendly and helpful, and the food is delicious. The dishes are not huge, but they're very filling. We split the special grain/greens/vegetable/bean bowl of the day: a delicious bean and carrot stew over a beautifully melting millet-cauliflower mash (jasmine rice was another option), blanched collards, baked kabocha chunks, and a little pickle. I'd get it every time, though the tempeh reuben sandwich (which we had on a nice, non-squashy GF bread) was also rich and tasty. Less sweet and more mustard-y than some tempeh reubens and with no cheese. Although you can get daiya cheese on the pizza of the day (with either a whole wheat or GF crust). Today's pizza also had caramelized onions, olives, arugula, etc and looked good. We shared a couple of the desserts -- our hands-down favorite was a very fudgy chocolate cake (grain-sweetened, so not overly sweet, very rich and chocolate-y). (In the future, I hope they'll have pictures of the dishes or more detailed menu descriptions instead of samples in a display case. Except for the desserts, which look pretty.) They also had a number of pre-made sandwiches for quick take-out. Their prices are quite reasonable too. The people at the register told us they're part of the same family of restaurants, though with different people, as Manzanita and Potala Organic Cafe, so no wonder the daily bowl was great. Some of the dishes are macrobiotic; all are vegan, local, organic, sustainable. Right now the restaurant is open 11:30 to 2:30 only, but eventually they plan to do dinners as well. We'll be back here often!

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