Where to Eat: New Vegan, Macrobiotic Cafe Opens in Berkeley



It’s too soon to give a detailed review, but I know all of you who live in or visit the Bay Area will want to know about the Green Earth Cafe and Bakery in Berkeley.  Open just a few weeks, proprietors Barbara Johnston-Brown  and Ciren Zhuoga and their staff offer a welcoming menu of organic, vegan, macrobiotic dishes. I tried the Green Earth special plate of the day (pictured above), which also comes in a smaller version in a bowl. It included a veggie stir fry with seitan (or was that tofu?), baked sweet potato and apple, fried polenta sticks, rice with kamut, and pickles. Everything on the plate was prepared with a delicate hand, and completely delicious.  Even though I live twenty miles away,  I hope to pop in frequently to check on progress. I worked ten years in the restaurant business and know very well how tough and competitive it is.  So, to Barbara and Ciren I say: I wish you well, you’ve got a good start and I hope you can take it the rest of the way to long-term success.

Details: Green Earth Cafe and Bakery, 2124 Center Street Berkeley, CA 94704 (one block from downtown Berkeley BART). 510-981-8404 /Hours: Light breakfast 8:30-11 a.m. / Lunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. / Dinner: 5:30-9:30 p.m. / Saturday Brunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed Sunday (as with most new businesses, it’s good to call ahead, as hours can change).


Barbara Johnston-Brown (pictured) and Ciren Zhuoga are proprietors of the new Green Earth Cafe and Bakery in Berkeley (more photos after the jump).


Daily Sushi Plate

Bob Griffin, Miklane Janner, James Holloway and Susanne Jensen dining at Green Earth Cafe and Bakery, Chuck Collison (not pictured) also joined us.

Apple pie, cookies, scones, banana nut bread, chocolate cake and other vegan baked goods.

Green Earth Cafe and Bakery is located in the Center St. restaurant row, one block from the BART station in downtown Berkeley.


One response

  1. I belive that Macobiotics is really starting to take off and I give thanks to you for opeeing a place where people can see that the foods is beautifull in taste and looks

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