The Butcher's Son

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    ( 31 reviews )
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1941 University Ave, Berkeley, California, USA, 94704

Vegan delicatessen. Prepared meals are available as well as "cold case", "meats", and "cheeses" sold by the pound. Open Mon 11:00am-8:00pm, Tue-Wed 11:00am-3:00pm, Thu-Fri 11:00am-8:00pm, Sat-Sun 9:00am-5:00pm. Closed Wed.

Categories: Vegan, American, Fast food, Take-out, Bakery

31 Reviews

First Review by JoshHyatt

must try!!!! - Edit

This place was delicious, I can't believe the bacon taste so much like meat. Wow! Plant based is amazing. I had their Chicken BLAT and it was the best sandwich I've ever had. It was so full. I only had the half of it. The sandwich mes are filling and huge. I can't wait to take my mom vegan friends/ family here. If your are in the area or in SF/ Southbay come! You won't be disappointed.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Edit

Spicy Jackfruit was amazing.
Friendly staff, quick service.
Highly recommend 👌🏻

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Generous size sandwich - Edit

This restaurant had a variety of sandwiches and some salads. I ordered the Original Grinder, which had a large portion of mock meat along with a lot of toppings. It was very good. I had a potato salad with it. The place was busy but not overcrowded when I visited, and pleasantly informal.

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Fab - Edit

The concept is great: they make "meats" and "cheeses", sell them, and use them to make amazing sandwiches and salads. Yay!
I was in Berkeley only shortly, but I grabbed a salad with "feta" and "steak", and it was absolutely delicious. Plus the spot is nice. Excellent!

Pros: Meaty and cheezy and vegan, All combos you can imagine, Nice place

Cons: Dunno

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Only had time to get take away - Edit

We only had time to get take away on our last day in the USA. The queue was long and the tables were full but I really wanted to try it. I got a brownie, a cookie and a cannoli. They were all delicious. Wish I’d had another day to eat a main meal.

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Delicious Brunch - Edit

Six of use went for brunch on a Sunday morning at 9:30 (two vegan, four Omni) and everything we ordered was delicious! Note: if waiting is an issue for you, it was already pretty crowded - no tables inside, but some available outside. Order at the counter, then food comes up at a separate counter.

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awesome comfort food - Edit

Great place for a gourmet vegan comfort food meal

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Best restaurant - Edit

They food is all delicious, and they have so many options! If you visit one place in Berkeley, this should be the one. During the 3 weeks I spent in Berkeley I think I went here for 6 meals.

Pros: Wonderfully tasting food, Wide variety of dishes, Good portion sizes

Cons: There is always quite a line it seems

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It's a vegan butcher shop! - Edit

They got all the staples you might expect from a butcher shop, plus some amazing looking extras besides. Some day I will cater an entire holiday meal from this place, and it will be glorious!

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Favorite spot! - Edit

The buffalo ranch chicken sandwich and the bacon cheeseburger are insanely good. I would only imagine that every sandwich on their menu is amazing. Must go back and try them all!

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OMG!!!! INCREDIBLE!!!!! - Edit

While visiting my cousin (I'm the vegan) we went here 3 different meals. I would have gone everyday if I had a car! Absolutely incredibly delicious food! She even went back to pick up a cheesecake for her husbands early bday celebration the night before I left. They all loved it! The fried mozzarella is what dreams are made of! The fried buffalo "chicken" "bacon" "blue cheese" "ranch" sandwich was to die for! The Reuben was amazing as well and so was the deli hoagie! Can't say enough wonderful things about the food! The place is cute, very clean, funky fun vibe and great customer service. I wish I wasn't a 6 hour plane ride away!

Pros: Fabulous food and presentation , Friendly staff, very clean and inviting, fun atmosphere

Cons:

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Amazing! - Edit

I ordered the BLT with side macaroni salad. Also had the Cesar salad and added fried "chicken" Was very impressed!

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super duper good - Edit

I got a Killer BLAT and wow!!!! The bacon is super good. They sell it by the pound. treat yourself. :)

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SERIOUSLY good food! - Edit

My friend and I visited The Butcher's Son whilst we were in town and their brunch was AMAZING! I ordered an almond mylk hot chocolate as well as a bagel with cream cheese, avocado, tomato & garlic butter. It was SO full of flavour! The atmosphere of this place is also amazing.

Pros: Great atmosphere, Friendly staff , Amazing food

Cons: Please know sandwiches aren't served until 11am on

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Delicious - Edit

This place is incredible. Big portions, super tasty and the price is decent. We drive here from Santa Clara a few times a month.

Cons: music sometimes is too loud

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absolutely incredible - Edit

Very extensive menu of vegan comfort food. Large portions!

Pros: so many choices at reasonable prices

Cons: sometimes there's a bit of a wait since they get b

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the best! - Edit

All time fav. Every vegan (and non-vegan) needs to go here. It's a must try. Everything is amazing!

Pros: food, employees, indoor and outdoor seating

Cons: paid street parking, tough that's the usual in the

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Best Vegan Comfort Food in the World! - Edit

SOMETHING FISHY $6 - This appetizer comes with 6 pieces of seasoned and fried jackfruit and tartar sauce on the side. I was skeptical. I've had jackfruit. Ain't no way they can make it "fishy." Well, luckily I didn't bet on it because I was so wrong! I don't know if it's the batter, the seasoning, or a combination of the two, but it had the flavors of the sea. It was very good! Don't expect it to taste exactly like fish; it doesn't. It's a juicy, delicious, innovative, cruelty-free alternative. Their tartar sauce is also really tasty.


TEMPEH TUNA SALAD $9.75 - Ordered sans tomatoes. The sandwich was delicious.This is one of the best vegan tuna salads I've ever had. I wonder, since this is a vegan deli, if you can order tuna by the pound. On my next trip to the Bay, I plan to find out.


BUFFALO BACON RANCH FRIED CHICKEN $11.25 - Ordered sans ranch. Unbe-freggin-lievable! I ordered this to go and told them it was going on a plane, so they packaged the lettuce and potato salad (my side of choice) in separate containers. When I arrived home, 5 hours later, the sandwich was beyond amazing. The "chicken" is fried southern-style, and was still crispy all those hours later. The "bacon" is suspiciously excellent. It is hands down the best vegan bacon around. I could kick myself for not ordering a pound or 2 to bring home with me. They did forget to add buffalo sauce, so that made me a little sad (I love spicy thangs), but perhaps it was for the best... It may have gotten too soggy with it with the buffalo sauce on it. Next time.


POTATO SALAD - I ordered as the side dish for both sandwiches. It is good. It's not the best I've ever had, but it's really good, and I’d order it again.


DESSERT: Brownies and a chocolate bundt cake were all that was left when I was there. I got a slice of the chocolate cake -$4.00. It was a rich, moist, fudge-chocolate cake with a dab of chocolate frosting atop. It was delicious!

Friendly employees and stupendous eats at reasonable prices. My only issue with them is that they only have this CA location. (Please come to AZ!) There are another 1/2 dozen things on the menu that I need to try. I am very much looking forward to returning.

Pros: everything is delicious!, prices are reasonable

Cons: parking

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Major Vegan Deli Eats - Edit

Whoa, third time here- lovely and friendly staff. Small but cute. Great for a quick bite to eat and heading to the bookstore or your next adventure. Come in, grab a menu then order at the counter. They also have Kombucha and fresh drinks to complete your meal. Love and recommend the kids cheese sandwich! Grilled vegan cheese! Yum yum yum!

Took papa bear with me today, he had the Jalapeño Business sandwich and he ate everything! I'm not a fan of food looking like actual meat but dad enjoyed it. There definitely was a lot in that sandwich and he said he recommended it. Will go back again. Maybe- ask for less "vegan meats".

Pros: friendly staff, ALL vegan!!!!! , Kombucha available !

Cons: too much of a good thing, a little less vegan meat

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Our new favorite eatery - Edit

Yum yum yum! What a selection, too hard to choose from, just close your eyes and point to something. Service (orders at the counter) was fast and friendly. The hardest part was choosing just one of the 10 or more desserts.

When you go be hungry!!!

Pros: Fast service, Awesome selection of menu choices, Bright and roomy inside, tables outside

Cons: None

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Tasty Big Meal Eats - All Vegan - Edit

The Butcher's Vegan Son is a gastronomical gem. So many fabulous flavors and you are rewarded at the end with an "I ate too much' belly ache...
Recently they went from a healthy 8-10 menu items to blowing up to a few dozen... and I find myself up there much more often...
I'm still working my way through but have enjoyed each order: Bacon Cheese Burger, Steak and Egg Hoagie, Original Grinder.
I'm usually grabbing dessert treats like Blueberry Cheesecake, Cannoli and Donuts as well. I was so happy to have Cannoli again in my life!!!
I've come to treat myself to the Buffalo Fired Mozzarella and Ranch Sticks regularly. Dude, they are melting inside. Just the tastiest gooey mess.

Updated from previous review on 2017-03-07

Pros: Vast menu selection, Flavors that hit like foods from my omnivore past, Big portions

Cons: Parking is tough, so bike, bus, or skate, Line time can be hit or miss, Seating fills during busy times

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Vegan Deli Heaven! - Edit

If you miss the deli experience, here is where you can get your fix. With house made meats, and delicious sides, this place always delivers! The Spicy chicken BLAT, is just amazing. With macaroni and bacon salad on the side - best ever lunch!

Pros: at the counter you buy bacon meat and cheese to go, Incredibly tasty

Cons: often difficult to get a seat, closed on wednesdays

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woah! - Edit

Amazing house marbled bacon. huge sandwhiches. macoroni bacon salad that will bring tears to your eyes

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amazing place!! - Edit

I ordered buffalo bacon ranch fried chicken and it was amazing!! The portion was huge and came with a side I picked bacon macaroni salad which was delicious! The fried chicken was so crispy and huge in size and the bacon on it was the best I've ever tasted! My husband ordered fried mozzarella and meatball sandwich that had grilled onions,mushrooms and peppers on garlic bread with marina sauce and that was by far my favourite between the two meals we ordered and was also huge portion! We got two chocolate chip cookies to go and a cherry cheesecake! The cookies were chewy yet really crispy with gooey chocolate chips! The food exceeded my expectations and I can't wait to go to San Francisco again just to eat here.

Pros: large portion size, large varied menu, great price

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Perfection - Edit

Enjoyed the steak & cheese sandwich, buffalo bacon fried chicken sandwich, potato salad, mac salad, and vanilla blueberry cake. Everything was insanely delicious. Perfect textures and flavor combos. Huge portions. Highly recommend as the perfect place to take vegan-curious omnivores!

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AMAZING!!!!! - Edit

Love this place. Want to take it to Australia with me. Thanks for the top notch amazing vegan food! :-D

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Don't miss ! Delicious burgers and sandwiches - Edit

We tried the fried "chicken" and "grinder" (in the picture I said it's pulled "pork", but it's not, it's "grinder") burgers, with potato salad and macaroni salad - absolutely delicious.

Initially I was afraid the plant based meats might taste too much like animal flesh, but happily their dishes are flavorful and delicious without resembling meat at a freaky level.

For dessert we tried the cannelloni with pistachio, this was the highlight of our meal, so full of flavor !

Apparently one of their best dishes is fried "mozzarella" and "meatball" sandwich, unfortunately they were out of "mozzarella" when we went there.

We were very happy with everything: food, service, location. Can't wait to go back and try their famous fried mozzarella burger.

[UPDATE]
We tried the mozzarella & meatball sandwich, it's amazing, don't miss!
Order with a pickle on the side.



Updated from previous review on 2016-08-02

Pros: Delicious, 100 % vegan, mozzarella & meatball sandwich

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