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Berkeley Bowl

An independent, full-service supermarket located in Berkeley, California

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Like Whole Foods, but affordable!

  • Dec 18, 2008
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Where do all the freshest fruits and veggies go when they've escaped the price-inflating clutches of Whole Foods? They happily prance to the glorious sun-drenched hills of Berkeley — to Berkeley Bowl, of course!

Here, they'll be sold at dirt-cheap prices by students and families who can't always afford to unnecessarily pay premium dollar for good quality produce. They'll be surrounded by Asian Pears, Persimmons, heirloom tomatoes, Italian eggplants, kumquats, and anything else you can imagine — all for dirt cheap to reasonable costs. 50 cents for a pound of cherry tomatoes? Sure, why not? 

Many of the items here are organic, and others are not. They're clearly marked. Unlike most supermarkets, when produce items go on sale, they are not in that moldy stage yet. And yes, there are plenty of sales. 

In addition to their centerpiece produce section, Berkeley Bowl is a full-service supermarket. They have a fantastic dried goods section of dried fruits, trail mix, cous cous, granola, pasta, you name it! Also, their British foods section, while small, is decent for anything you'll get in Berkeley. 

Why do I love Berkeley Bowl? Because they make it possible to pursue a healthy eating lifestyle within budget. 

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August 20, 2009
Next time you come visit Berkeley, a brand spankin' new Berkeley Bowl West awaits you!  I went for the first time yesterday and it's HUGE, and there's even a decent sized cafe section with gelato and other desserts!
December 31, 2008
Berkeley Bowl is a family favorite. Whenever we're across the bridge, that's where we stop for lunch. I love their breakfast burritos, when I can get there and find parking in time!
December 18, 2008
I love this place! Though it can get really crazy during the weekends...
December 18, 2008
It is awesome! I'm sad they haven't branched out yet. Well, if you're ever in the area, try to go in the weekday mornings and evenings. During weekends and other times, it gets CRAZY!
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Quick Tip by . March 04, 2010
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Berkeley Bowl is the one-stop-shop destination. They have ample groceries, foods, and goodies selection you'll ever need!
Quick Tip by . March 04, 2010
Berkeley Bowl is the one-stop-shop destination. They have ample groceries, foods, and goodies selection you'll ever need!
Quick Tip by . August 20, 2009
Why are you so awesome? Went to the new location and it's huge with a garage and a cafe! Now that's love.
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