Bette’s Diner, Michael Bauer and 135,000 others

Michael Bauer had breakfast at Bette’s Oceanview Diner on Berkeley’s Fourth Street on Sunday after Bette Kroening contacted him to tell him the perennially popular restaurant serves an astonishing 135,000 people ever year with just 45 tables. (But you probably knew that already if you’ve ever tried to get a table there — waits are practically mandatory, if very much worthwhile.)

The Chronicle’s restaurant critic enjoyed his ham and cheese omelet, “served kind of loose in the middle as it should be”, and the signature souffle pancake, “an over-sized souffle with strawberries embedded on top and maple syrup on the side”.

Read his full report here.