All About Bette's Oceanview Diner
It's 6:00 a.m. in Berkeley, California, and already people are gathering in front of Bette's Oceanview Diner. They've been lining up like this ever since we opened the place in 1982. You see professors and poets, pundits and punks, students and starving artists, builders, businessmen, neighborhood regulars, even tourists with maps, guidebooks and reviews in hand.
It's an eclectic crowd, but then this is Berkeley. The birthplace of free speech. The epicenter of eclecticism. With their love of good food, strong coffee and lively conversation, our customers give new meaning to the phrase "counter culture."
Settle into a plush red Naugahyde booth, or find a place at the counter, and you're likely to be waited on by a cartoonist, a performance artist, a Doctor of Theology or a rock musician. Drop a quarter into the jukebox and you can choose from country, to rock, to classical, to opera. Anything goes. This is no ordinary diner.
The food has never been ordinary either. We look at it this way: a BLT is a simple, wonderful thing. But imagine a BLT made with thick-cut pepper bacon, local lettuce, juicy slabs of fresh tomato and homemade mayo on toasted rye bread from the bakery down the block. It's still simple, but it's really wonderful.
Now imagine an entire diner menu. From farm-style breakfasts to soups, salads, sandwiches, blue-plate specials, pastries and pies, all our dishes are made from scratch with fresh, local ingredients.
Please come on by for a visit. We look forward to seeing you.
Bette and Manfred Kroening