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Berkeley Group Eats Around the Bay Part 2: Powderface

In by Amy, The Traveling Foodie, This is Why John's Fat. on February 13 at 6:17 pm

Alas, school + recruiting for summer internships have consumed most of my time lately, but I’m back!

Cindy and I had breakfast at Powderface on our second day of interviews. The shop is located in a shopping center right off the Fruitvale BART station, and looks like a fairly ordinary semi-modern cafe, with high tables and chairs, black furniture, free wi-fi, the like.

We originally intended to just grab a pastry to go. While the cafe’s menu seemed pretty standard, a quick look to the walls, adorned with pictures of people with powdered sugar smothered around their mouths, revealed the store’s true signature product: New Orleans-style beignets.

While I am Californian through and through, I have to admit there is something irresistible about a piece of fried dough covered in sugar.

I got one order (comes in a pack of 3), and about 5-8 minutes later, received…

Powderface's New Orleans-style beignets, served with powdered sugar on top.

This monstrosity.

The only other place I’ve had beignets at is Angeline’s Kitchen, a Foodie Friday favorite that, like Gregoire, Cheeseboard, and Wood Tavern, has yet to be blogged about.

Angeline’s beignets are pillow-like and almost always served with 2+ cups powdered sugar on top. In contrast, Powderface’s beignets are served with much less sugar. The beignets were more fresh and crunchy here than Angeline’s. I wasn’t used to the crunchiness, but the little time it took to consume these morsels attests to my approval.

I’ll have to have Angeline’s again to more directly compare, but Powderface was a pleasant surprise in a most unexpected place. I’ll have to look for some place to have lunch/dinner in Fruitvale to justify the amount of time it takes to get there, but this place is definitely worth checking out.

A warning: Cindy and I had some trouble eating these cleanly. Best to not attempt eating these in dark business clothes, like we did. We had to adopt some weird eating scheme where we had to eat with arms outstretched as far away as possible from our bodies.

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