Got a craving for some authentic deep dish pizza? This hip, fresh joint has food of tantalizing tastes to satisfy even the most jaded pizza enthusiast. Try the Mediterranean chicken pizza, or try the vegetarian pizza, which will have you converted in no time. Little Star also offers thin crusts, which are, honestly, just as good as the incredibly taste-infused deep dishes for which they are famous. With minimalist decor and a blaring jukebox to boot, Little Star will have you hooked.
You've never had grilled cheese like this! With different types of cheese and fancy combinations, the American Grilled Cheese Kitchen in San Francisco puts a fun and gourmet twist on this classic dish. They also serve soups, salads, delightful baked goods, and offer daily specials that will satisfy your stomach! Situated near the ballpark, the kitchen stays open until 7p during nighttime baseball games.
Shan Dong Restaurant located in Oakland's Chinatown specializes in Mandarin cuisine. Especially popular are the fresh, homemade dumplings, pancakes and rolls, as well as their tasty hand-made noodle dishes. The decor, however, is minimal and showcases the traditional Chinese culture. Try the special Shan Dong dumplings or the always delicious sesame noodles. Shan Dong also offers an extremely affordable lunch special, all lunch entrees served with rice. If you live nearby, they offer free delivery for dinner within one and a half miles.
Located in the heart of Uptown Oakland, Hopscotch bills itself as an upscale diner. The light-filled dining room with little tables and bright red chairs is an inviting affair. Checkerboard floor and wood-paneling adds a touch of vintage. The menu offers American specialties with Japanese influences adding a surprise element for adventurous eaters. Mains include the famous buttermilk fried chicken, Tonkatsu sandwich and First Base Burger. The drink list offers a choice of inspired cocktails as well as a selection of sake. There's a selection of tea, coffee and juices as well.
A16 Rockridge brings the taste of Campania to Oakland. This industrial decor has a rustic touch to it with exposed bricks, an open kitchen, wooden beams and artworks. Taking pride in their authentically rustic menu, you can enjoy wood-fired pizzas, homemade pastas, house cured meats and fine Southern Italian wines at this establishment. Don't miss their happy hours where you can sip on their wine varietal by the glass or half-a-bottle carafe. Reservations are recommended.
The facade resembles a circus ticket booth more than a fine eating establishment, so it's no surprise that a mere visit to Brazil Fresh Squeeze Cafe will send your tongue on a satisfying roller coaster of flavor. The tri-tip sandwhich topped with a garlic-cilantro sauce is almost everyone's favorite, but also check out their tuna and vegetarian sandwiches & plates. Also, no meal is complete without a mango smoothie. Though a traditional sit-down location exists around the corner at 1983 Shattuck Avenue, the original Fresh Squeeze Cafe provides the most unique and truly Berkeley experience with it's street-side lawn chair seating and kitschy decor.
Kagawa-Ya Udon is a sleek Japanese bistro dishing out Japanese and Hawaiian specialties. Fans of Japanese cuisines can relish Udon, Onigiri, Tempura, a variety of curries and much more. They are popular for their Udon dish, which is prepared by aging it for 19 hours, it is then pressed, rolled and sliced to perfection. Foodies can come in and enjoy a bowl of delicious Udon. Besides regular drinks they also serve Hawaiian beverages like Hawaiian sodas, coffee and tea.
The food at Azalina's is steeped in deep culinary roots of Malaysian cuisine and spices. Helmed by owner Azalina Eusope, this revolutionary restaurant was her dream after years of being a food vendor who made delicious home-cooked meals before word got out about her delicious food. Offering creative Malaysian fare, Azalina's is located in South Market. Sample interesting options such as tea leaf salads and then go on to try the more fulfilling sambal beef lunch infused with Asian spices. If this catches your attention, maybe you should know that Azalina has catered for President Obama in the past.
Lively, bright and quick; Proposition Chicken as the name suggests, features a nice, but limited selection of customizable chicken dishes. You can have your dish either fried or roasted as either a sandwich, salad or a main dish depending on how hungry you are and what you're in the mood for. Great for a quick lunch time meal or mid-day snack, you can also choose from their selection of beers and wine. Vegetarians can try their Tofu option, served the same way.
Chantal Guillon serves up a delectable selection of macarons that are crisp, light and delicate with just the right amount of chew. This charming little bakery offers a selection of creative and unique macaron flavors like jasmine green tea, earl grey, lavender & blackcurrant and persian rose, alongside classics like coffee and dark chocolate. Each macaron is made by hand and prepared using only natural ingredients. These delicious little baked gems can be purchased individually or in boxes of six, twelve and twenty-four that are perfect for gifting. Beautifully crafted and elegantly presented made-to-order macaron towers are also available for events and parties.
If your enjoy carnivals then you'll definitely like this restaurant. Straw is a carnival themed restaurant which ensures you'll have a fun experience from the time you enter till you leave and will make you want to come back soon. Everything here follows a theme, the food is typical carnival food, the decor is colorful with an actual Tilt-a-Whirl car which is converted to a booth. Though it only has the capacity of 30, you can be assured to have a fantastic time here.
Opened in 2008, Double Decker has been slowly and steadily climbing the popularity charts of the locals. This burger and chicken wings joint can easily be missed as it shares space with the adjoining Days Inn. The brainchild of John Situ, its fame is purely through word-of-mouth of happy customers. Patrons vouch for their delish burgers and yummy wings. Not to forget the cheap prices as well. Savor their Double Decker Burger, Western Burger, Buffalo Burger, Buffalo Dozen, Inferno Wings and Fresh Cut French Fries. Complement your meal with a beer on tap.