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Starbucks Coffee
11861 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530
This is one of two Starbucks locations in El Cerrito. While the Starbucks in the El Cerrito Plaza is constantly busyMore with a stream of people shopping, this location is usually pretty quiet. It is located out on the farther reaches of El Cerrito, near the Home Depot hardware store. There is a drive-thru option here, as well as, outdoor tables, in both the sun and the shade. There is also ample seating inside to chat or to study. Like all Starbucks stores worldwide, there is also a wide-array of customizable coffee options from frappachinos to lattes, as well as, a variety of take-out snacks such as sandwiches and cookies.
McDonald's
11821 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530
This McDonald's is a newer building located in a rapidly growing section of San Pablo, right next to Starbucks. TheMore building is spacious and clean. The inside is decorated in warm earthy tones with plenty of seating and ample room to move around. There is a separate fountain soda and coffee counter for your drinks. The bathrooms are clean and available for free to customers. This location serves the traditional McDonald's fare such as Big Mac, fries and a coke with a fried apple pie.
Starbucks Coffee
3090 El Cerrito Plz, El Cerrito, CA 94530
This coffee shop near the central El Cerrito BART station is a hub, bursting with activity at all hours when people comeMore to study, work, grab a bite or take a break from shopping in the El Cerrito Plaza strip mall. There are a number of decadent sweets as well, such as brownies and rice krispies as well as sandwiches and salads for take-out. There is seating inside and out, with some comfortable chairs located here and there.
Safeway
11450 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530
This "Lifestyle" Safeway at Hill Street and San Pablo Avenue next to the del Norte BART station held its More href="http://patch.com/A-lb4y">grand opening on Aug. 11, 2011 in a renovated building that once housed a Target store. Considerably larger than the Safeway that the grocery chain closed at Moeser Lane and San Pablo at the same time, the new 65,209-square-foot store offers a wider variety of items and includes a Starbucks cafe area with weather-buffered outdoor seating. It also includes deli, bakery, pharmacy, bank, sushi, flowers and meat and fish counter in addition to an array of fresh produce as well as canned and packaged goods. 
Yusan Sushi
11866 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530

Located near The Red Onion, and right across the street from Starbuck's, this sushi restaurant has been in businessMore for two decades. When Yusan himself passed away two years ago, Chef Osamu Watanabe took over the restaurant.

Inside, you will find two traditional tables with pillows to kneel on. There are a couple of regular seats in here, as well as a counter. A lot of regulars order the Chef's special of the day when they come in. The special rolls of the day are written on the white board above the sushi counter such as, the Dragon Roll or the Tiger Roll.

Peet's Coffee & Tea
9895 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530

Like many Peet's outlets, the El Cerrito Peet's attracts a steady stream of customers, and the employees provideMore fast, friendly service. It offers the standard range of Peet's coffee and espresso drinks and pastries made with high-quality ingredients. It also sells a wide variety of specialty coffee beans and teas in bulk as well as the various implements used to prepare and serve them.

The El Cerrito Peet's, located across San Pablo Ave. from El Cerrito Plaza, sits just 2.2 miles from the original Peet's in North Berkeley, regarded almost as the mother church by devotees of the company's strong, dark-roast coffees.

The first Peet's, at Vine and Walnut, opened April 1, 1966, founded by Dutch-born Alfred Peet, who had been appalled at the poor quality of coffee consumed in America. His store and roasting mastery helped revolutionize America's coffee-drinking habits. When Starbucks started in Seattle, its founders came to Berkeley and studied with Peet to learn roasting and bought their roasted beans from Peet's for the first 18 months of the business.

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