La Bedaine is a new arrival on Solano Avenue and we are hearing very good things (hat-tip: Sylvia Paull whose nose is always to the ground in Berkeley and beyond).

We can vouch for the store’s tarte tatin, which we have tasted and is absolutely scrumptious — but we have yet to visit the actual shop which is like a traditional French traiteur and serves all sorts of treats, both sweet and savory.

Reports from readers would be welcome.

Note, too, the fabulous name, La Bedaine, which translates as ” the paunch” (as seen lately, and so endearingly, on Alec Baldwin in It’s Complicated.

Tracey Taylor

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...

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  1. On any day of the week, La Bedaine has wonderful specialities you won’t find anywhere else within driving distance. Alain is an artist who cares about every ingredient. If that weren’t enough, he recently put together enough cake to feed my large gathering on very short notice. The verdict: my noisy family and friends became silent as they ate. Trust me, the quality did not suffer for the quantitiy – truly Sublime! Now I’d better stop talking or the word will get out!

  2. Great place! Crab sandwiches are super! Had most everything in the store: rabbit terrine, onion soup, coq au vin, smoked salmon trout and sausage, croissants, financiers, tart tatine, you name it. All is fresh! You can take many of the savory dishes home as they are vacuum packed. Just drop them in boiling water and voila! Yum!