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Bette’s Oceanview Diner  1807 Fourth St./Hearst Ave.  It’s fun to sit on a counter stool (a purse hook is provided underneath) and watch the cooks hustle in this casual, noisy diner featuring a 1950s truck-stop decor and a menu of traditional American food.  A jukebox provides more entertainment with an eclectic mix of everything from ‘50s classics to reggae.  Breakfast is served all day beginning at 6:30 a.m., and choices include spicy scrambled eggs, steak and eggs, omelettes, griddle cakes with real maple syrup, delicious French toast, and some combination plates--The New York (smoked salmon, bagel, cream cheese, red onion, and tomato) and The Philadelphia (scrapple, poached eggs, toast, and grilled tomato).  Blintzes are sometimes also available.  Lunch is a satisfying assortment of well-prepared classic sandwiches (the Reuben and meatloaf are particularly good), housemade soups, and homey items such as grilled bockwurst and potato pancakes.  Thick old-fashioned milkshakes are on the menu, too, but oddly no hamburger or fries.  A Very Berkely Touch has tips being shared by all employees.  By the way, about that ocean view.  There is none.  Oceanview is the name of the neighborhood in which the restaurant is located.

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Next door, Bette’s To Go dispenses take-out pastries, sandwiches, salads, pizza by the slice, and other goodies.

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