Berkeley's Best Lunch, Berkeley's Best Breakfast: Although it was founded as a private business, the Cheese Board philosophy has always been that of a collectively owned and operated enterprise. Each member owns an equal share of the business, contributes an equal number of hours, and has a position on the board of directors. Perhaps since everyone has so much of themselves invested, the shop and café have been amazingly popular and successful. Along with an astounding variety of artisan cheeses, the shop specializes in out of this world homemade breads and pastries. There are a few tables out front where you can enjoy a fresh cup of coffee or tea, along with a muffin, scone, or tasty sandwich.
Local Expert Tom Molanphy Says:
Berkeley's Best Lunch: "If you need a memorable take-home gift, consider the Board's extensive selection of cheeses, breads, baked goods and their beloved cookbook, "The Cheese Board Collective Works.""
Berkeley's Best Breakfast: "Try the Berkeley buns that come with "assorted mystery cheeses" if you like something savory for breakfast."
Best for Berkeley's Best Lunch Because: Not only does the Cheese Board have phenomenal lunch items, it is 100% worker owned since 1971, making it a true Berkeley institution.
Best for Berkeley's Best Breakfast Because: Although best-known for pizza, The Cheeseboard Collective's bakery is also a my breakfast option.
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