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This charming café and restaurant in downtown Berkeley will have Francophiles longing for Paris. Every detail-from the soft-boiled eggs served in their shells to the baskets of freshly baked croissants and platters of French cheese-gives a warm, homespun feeling. La Note is mobbed for weekend brunch, when patrons wait hours for the orange-scented pain perdu (French toast) and merguez sausage. The restaurant recently started serving dinner three nights a week with a menu of bistro-style entrées such as bouillabaisse, ratatouille, and lavender-basted duck breast. Wash it all down with a citron pressé (the French version of lemonade) or a kir royale (champagne laced with black currant liqueur), and you'll start to experience la vie en rose. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Thurs.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun.
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