BERKELEY ●Restaurants●Picnic Pick-Ups
Sheng Kee Bakery 2307 Telegraph Ave./Bancroft Way, (510) 848-8200; . Daily 7am-11pm; $. This bright, spacious bakery is part of a Bay Area chain. It will suck you in when you see the mouth-watering array of pastries both sweet and savory. I chose several to take home for dinner, among them a ham-and-cheese croissant (yummy) and a chocolate-frosted cream-stuffed bun (not as tasty as it was beautiful). Next time I’ll try the Purple Romance, consisting of soft taro bread stuffed with creamy taro. The system is self-serve, so pick up a tray and tongs and select what you like. Baked goods are kept in heated compartments behind glass. Sandwiches, refined pastries, and boba milk tea are also available. No seating is provided.
In case you want even more sweets, a branch of Santa Cruz’s Pacific Cookie Company is next door. You can’t go wrong with the white chocolate-macademia nut or the oatmeal-raisin. pacificcookie.com