El Farolito is one of the Mission's most beloved dive taquerias. The lighting is alright, the decor is bargain-basement, but the burritos are huge and the filling is a delicious, slow-cooked Carne Asada, tender chicken, spicy pork, or veggies and guacamole. You will also find tacos and enchiladas. It is a popular place with locals and people looking for a quick meal, especially late at night when most other spots have closed down. The service is quick and efficient. Only cash accepted.
Sometimes you want a Louisiana link that sends your tongue on a one-way trip to New Orleans, or a decent kosher frank. That is what the owner wanted when he opened up this small stand: a taste of New York's famous ethnic sausages from its German, Italian and Polish neighborhoods. And they ship bulk orders around the world, too! Not surprisingly, this joint is a hit with local students grabbing a quick bite between classes or a satisfying break during a late-night study session. Place your order at the front and hang out while waiting for your link. Lemon Chicken, Kielbasa and the turkey "Bird Dog" are among the several appetizing selections.
Welcome to a cafe that is synonymous with Berkeley itself. Located directly across the street from the University, and open late, this is the perfect place to study, relax, rev up or just congregate. There is a large front patio outside, making this the perfect spot for sipping delicious coffee drinks al fresco. There is no telling how many famous novels, poems and quantum mechanic theories have been formulated, hammered out and perfected right here. Find a strong and inexpensive assortment of coffee and espresso drinks. There are pastries, including muffins, scones, croissants and the ubiquitous macaroons.
For decades, this large coffeehouse on the corner of Ashby and College has been a veritable institution in Berkeley, like the University itself. A place for students to study over excellent espresso, and artists and writers to create while munching on a croissant. The floor is Tuscan tiled, the ceiling vaulted. Order at the coffee counter and seat yourself at a table, at the small circular bar, or at one of a handful of tables outside with the view of the College/Ashby foot traffic. Try the large, stuffed calzones filled with cheese, meat, veggies and fresh sauce.
Pappys Bar & Grill, located at the Telegraph Avenue, is a great place for larger groups and even families to spend an evening together. The place is equipped with a large projector screen and several small televisions, hence watching a game at Pappys Bar & Grill is always fun. A good game is well complemented with their scrumptious bar snacks, which are very easy on your pocket. They serve a variety of drinks and have over ten beers on tap. They also house a dance floor at the basement.
With a cult like following and lines wrapping around the block, Bi-Rite is a San Francisco staple. Offering a wide range of flavors, the Bi-Rite Creamery and Bake shop's menu uses only organic and local goods. Along with the staples like chocolate, vanilla and mint chip, Bi-Rite offers an eclectic mix of seasonal scoops like honey lavender, salted caramel, and tangerine. Whether seated at the wooden bar inside the tiny shop or lounging below the palm trees outside, this is a great place to taste a variety of sweets.
In the same Art Deco building that houses the Twitter headquarters, this Californian staple is spread over an area of 500 square feet (152.4 square meters). The Blue Bottle Coffee house serves steaming cups of their drip coffees and potent espressos to yuppies in and around the bustling Market Square area. Along with a host of coffees, there is also a lovely breakfast menu of pastries and other quick-grab bites. Enjoy one of their special brews in the amply-spaced courtyard and kick-start your day.
Otoro Sushi enjoys unwavering loyalty, and stands out as the neighborhood's favorite sushi place. Enjoy the finest sushi in a friendly environment coupled with exceptional service. The variety of sushi alone is staggering, with favorites like spicy scallops, unagi, kampachi and the house specialty O-Toro (fatty tuna). The menu is driven by Japanese specialties like noodles, vegetarian rolls and sashimi, each prepared using locally-sourced and freshest ingredients with hints of familiar flavors. The eatery in itself is very cozy and inviting, with a separate bar area serving cocktails, wines and sake.
This up-scale coffee shops serves up their special blends to office goers looking for their morning dose of coffee or a pick-me up. A good place to chill or get some work done, as they offer free Wifi as well. Serving up freshly roasted coffee blends since 1993, the cafe has it's loyal customers. Try their nice selection from the Mocha Java to the Dark Sumatra for a distinctive cup that'll wake you right up. They also serve light snacks and pastries if you want to grab a bite to eat.
This chrome and cream eatery does a south-of-France take on typical cafe fare with flair. The Bacon-Cheese Sandwich is sparked with crispy pear slices and mustard, with just a hint of horse-radish. The salads favor fava beans and salty, pungent cornichons. If you want to eat on the premises, there is a counter where you stand while digging in. A better choice is the garden patio in the back that takes advantage of the micro-climate's sunny days. The counter is staffed by good-natured twenty-somethings who know their way around an espresso and their upwardly mobile clientèle.
Mercury Cafe is a bright and cheerful place that offers diners a place to sit and relax with one of their individually brewed cups of coffee. The cafe prides itself for sourcing most of it's ingredients from local producers. Their coffee is purchased from the city's own De La Paz micro roaster which supplies fresh, roasted coffee on a weekly basis. The cafe also offers a selection of house-made soups, made-to-order sandwiches, and baked treats that are prepared in small batches. Organic ingredients are used wherever possible, and every cup is served with a genuine smile. A selection of whole beans, blends and single-origin coffees are available for purchase in case you would like to enjoy the cafe's delicious coffee in the comfort of your home.
Peach ginger, spicy mango, vanilla rose and banana chocolate chunk; these are just a few among the plethora of delectable flavors which you can sample at Smitten Ice Cream. This small little parlor hidden in a corner satisfies San Franciscans everyday with their unique concoctions. Fresh ingredients, natural flavors and seasonal fruits are their specialty. If you have your creation in mind, let them know and they will create it for you; and what's more you can sample the first scoop! Do visit them for an experience of a lifetime.