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Although it first opened as a bakery and cafe, Barkada is now a full-service sit-down restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including sandwiches (served on its house-made bread), salads, and more.

Although it started as a quaint boutique bakery-cafe — a collaboration between co-owners Christina Bondoc, a pastry chef, and Rick Yarussi, a coffee enthusiast — Barkada is now a full-service sit-down restaurant. Coffee and pastries (including some of the best chocolate croissants in town) are still a big draw, but it’s the cafe’s ambitious dinner and weekend brunch menus that set the place apart. The goal is to showcase the breads and other baked goods from the bakery side of the business, but Barkada offers food options that extend beyond just salads and sandwiches. The highlight of the dinner menu is a selection of excellent super-crisp, individual-portion pizzettes (several of which are priced at just $3 — an absurd bargain — during happy hour). For brunch, Bondoc’s decadent corned beef benedict — served, of course, atop house-made English muffin — is a must-order.

— Luke Tsai

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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