Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Eat in Berkeley: The Cheese Board Collective

Pizza with corn, chile pasilla, onions, French feta cheese, mozzarella, cilantro, key limes, and garlic olive oil

If you live in Berkeley and like pizza even a tiny bit, you’ve at least heard of The Cheese Board Collective. A part of North Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto, Cheese Board is an owner-operated business known for using fresh, organic ingredients and always having a line out the door. Their pizzas are made with high-quality cheeses like mozzarella, French feta, and goat cheese, which are sold at their cheese store and bakery next door. While you eat, you can listen to the live music that plays daily. 

Suggested dishes: Although they only offer one kind of pizza per day, I highly recommend any pizza with corn or potatoes. These ones are usually very tasty. In reality, you can’t go wrong with any pizza they’re selling. 

Things to note:

  • Eat on the median: Although there are a couple of signs that say otherwise, it’s a tradition to share a Cheese Board pizza with a couple of friends on the median in the middle of the street. 
  • Try the pesto sauce: Sometimes they have this creamy pesto sauce in a squeeze bottle that you can put on your pizza. If you see, use it. It adds another dimension to the pizza’s already dynamic flavor.
  • Get extra napkins: Although their pizza is vegetarian and made with local, organic ingredients, it certainly is greasy. Grab more napkins than you think you’ll need to wipe up the grease. 
  • Know their hours: They are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Don’t make the mistake of wondering what flavor’s available only to find out that they’re not even open. I’ve done this too many times.

The Cheese Board Collective
Website | Facebook | Twitter (unofficial) | Yelp
1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709
Open: Tuesday - Saturday, Lunch 11:30 - 3, Dinner 4:30 - 8

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