Babette is a near-anomaly in its genre: a museum cafe that’s not mediocre. Tucked inside the Berkeley Art Museum, this hip little spot is a marvel of chic-meets-homey, perfect for the gallery-weary savant who needs a place to nosh and revive. The food is a rotating menu of farm-to-table done well, a suitable complement for the institution that hosted Chez Panisse’s 40th anniversary bash. The final irony of this winning museum cafe is that most of its customers wander in off the street, completely unaware that it’s connected to BAM.
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
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