This month, SF magazine had a piece about Brooklyn vs Berkeley.  I think they got it wrong .. it should have been Bernal Heights vs Berkeley.  Our little neighborhood has been giving Berkeley a run for its money (or is that Bernal Bucks) as the “Gourmet Capital” of the West Coast.

Now, with the opening of the “indoor street food” marketplace at 331 Cortland, Bernal has grabbed the crown from our neighbor to the east.  Even more awesome culinary delights have been added to an already pretty amazing foodie street :

  • Della Terra Organics
  • Ichi Lucky Cat Deli
  • Wholesome Bakery, featuring Dezi’s Drinks and Sour Flour bagels and sourdough.
  • Paulie’s Pickling
  • El Porteño Empanadas

These 5  new vendors are in good company as they share a zip code with (to name a very few) Piqueos, Blue Plate, The Front Porch, Liberty Cafe, Vega (and its sister wine bar Vino Rosso where I can sit all night and drink Prosecco) and the newly opened SandBox bakery.

With all of the added calories that Bernal now has to offer, I am making even more use of my membership at Fit Bernal Fit.  Lift some weights, run some intervals and I get to sink my teeth into flaky empanadas and incredible vegan cookies without feeling (too) guilty.

Enjoy the Bernal Heights lifestyle, Hybrid Car-optional.

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