Nosh on the town: Bleecker Bistro in Berkeley

The "two eggs special" with home fries and a side of bacon at Bleecker Bistro ($7). Photo: Emilie Raguso

The Bleecker Bistro “two eggs special” with home fries and a side of bacon was perfectly cooked, from the well-seasoned home fries with their satisfying crust to the savory crisp bacon ($6.90). Photo: Emilie Raguso

Come along with Nosh as we explore the East Bay food scene in photographs. This week we focus on The Bleecker Street Bistro on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley. Owner Jason Kwon, who bought the restaurant (formerly Ann’s Kitchen) at 2498 Telegraph, offers simple food done right at affordable prices he says he hopes will bring regulars in to dine on a frequent basis.

The airy, sunny space is a pleasant place to watch the street life on Telegraph, and the menu includes many items that will be a hit for diners on a budget. Many of the breakfast items, which include egg dishes, pancakes and breakfast bagels, cost less than $8. Lunch offerings include burgers, sandwiches, burritos and quesadillas, and are in the same price range.

The restaurant opened under Kwon’s management in November, and Nosh was invited for a complimentary meal for two to try it out. Kwon also owns Joshu-ya Brasserie, right around the corner.

If you’ve tried the spots we feature, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. (Photographs by Emilie Raguso.)

There's plenty of room for groups, and the interior is sunny and clean at The Bleecker Bistro. Photo: Emilie Raguso

There’s plenty of room for groups, and the interior is sunny and clean at The Bleecker Bistro on Telegraph Avenue.

The Philly cheesesteak, with sirloin steak, onions, peppers, cheese and tomato ($6.95) is one of many sandwiches and burgers on the lunch menu.

The pineapple mango smoothie was a hit, sweetly satisfying and refreshingly icy. Photo: Emilie Raguso

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Nosh on the town: Homestead on Piedmont Avenue (09.24.13)
Nosh on the town: Dishcrawl in Jack London Square (08.28.13)
Nosh on the town: Miss Ollies in Old Oakland (04.01.13)

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  • Charles_Siegel

    (formerly Ann’s Kitchen)

    And it was originally named John’s Soup Kitchen before the name was changed to Ann’s Kitchen.

  • http://workitberk.blogspot.com/ Brittany

    I didn’t know the owner also owns Joshu-ya. Now I must try it!

  • Chris J

    I remember going there when I worked on Telegraph in the 90s. Not particularly inspired but reasonably priced and good for college munchy crowd,

  • Joe Scanlon

    What is this, Berkeleyside, just an announcement? Where’s your review?

  • emraguso

    This is a photo series we’ve been doing for a bit more than a year, not a review (http://www.berkeleyside.com/tag/nosh-on-the-town/). But we do hope the photographs give a sense of what to expect.

  • disqus_S1ql48Vi9i

    why is that shredded cheese just sitting on top of the spuds?