People watch and indulge in the fabulous dining at this San Francisco favorite. Known equally well for its affluent clientele and its oven-roasted chicken, this hot spot is worth the wait. Dinner entrees are nominally priced, though specials will cost you a bit more. If you are not enamored with the dinner scene, try visiting late mornings or early afternoons when you can sip on a latte (or scarf a Gorgonzola-topped burger) and watch the fog lift.
Blue Bottle Coffee takes its name from the first coffee house ever opened in Central Europe: The Blue Bottle. Like its name, the company practices old world coffee-making; you won't find any grande soy pumpkin spice lattes at this establishment, which prides itself on brewing coffee for people who actually want to taste their freshly roasted coffee. The establishment has now been operating for over ten years and has several cafes on the west coast. This Oakland shop on Webster Street was opened in 2009 in a beautiful brick warehouse that was build in 1923. Coffee-lovers can stop into the bright and cheerful space to indulge in some freshly pulled espressi or brewed coffee and snack on the gourmet pastries also on offer.
Fenton's has been an Oakland institution for over 100 years, serving up homemade ice cream and deluxe toppings, along with all your classic American diner favorites. You can always get a juicy burger with fries, or cranberry turkey sandwich, but the real draw are the sweets. Fenton's serves up everything from your basic flavored ice cream cone to a super-deluxe sundae or an incredible milkshake. Besides high quality ice cream, the toppings are a huge favorite here, especially the marshmallow sauce.
A world renowned name in the culinary industry, Chez Panisse is known for their innovations in tastes and flavors.Started by Alice Walkers in 1971, it was named after the movie character Honore Panisse. Prepared with fresh, local produce, the restaurant is a spectacular specimen of fine dining. The menu changes daily and is curated keeping the seasonality of ingredients. Through the week, delicacies like Striped bass carpaccio with cardoons and Titone olio nuovo and Huckleberry and Meyer lemon ice creams meringata are served, to name a few. The wine list is extensive, featuring dozens of wines from across the world. With contributions like California style pizza to the ever changing culinary world, the Chez Panisse is no less than a legend.
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.
Rustic and romantic, Freehouse is a haunt for the beer lover in you. The interior of this beer garden is made to look like a cozy living room; it is furnished with intimate seating spaces and the fireplace keeps patrons warm on colder evenings. Yellow lights and timber-clad walls give this place an old-school look. The outdoor seating in the spacious courtyard lets larger groups dine under the bright California sun. At Freehouse, the menu is ever changing but classics like Beer Poached Mussels, the house salad and Chicken Pot Pie never go out of style. Limited but potent cocktails are on offer along with beers sourced from eminent breweries.
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.
Have you ever been to a place where the food tastes as good as it is presented ?, then fear not cause 160 Bar and Kitchen is a place where you need to head. The dinner menu consists of dishes like Mulligatawny Soup, Crispy Okra and Lamb with pork meatballs. Complement your meals with beverages like beer and wine. Taste their traditional dessert options like curd and treacle with banana or Ceylon Tea semifreddo with almond streusel. Guests are usually dazzled by the artistic presentation of the dishes.
A Mano refers to 'By Hand' in Italian and true to its name, this restaurant specializes particularly in handcrafted Italian cuisine. Owned by the restaurateur Adriano Paganini, A Mano offers delectable delicacies at affordable prices. The interiors are modern and stylish and the space is always buzzing with locals and pasta lovers wanting to savor a bite. The Paccheri and Spaghettini pasta are rich with a creamy texture and melt in your mouth on the first bite. Even though the core concept focuses on the preparation of pasta, their pizzas and salads are equally delicious. They also serve Italian, flavorful cocktails that complement the food well.
Little Gem is prefect for a lazy brunch with your friends or a casual dinner with the family. Serving classic flavors with a contemporary twist, this spacious eatery on Grove Street has a clean and modern look. With neat presentation, the focus here is on the food. The expansive menu features gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free options. With each dish cooked to perfection, you will be spoiled for choice here. Begin with the creamy tomato soup and relish the Korean Style Grilled Beef or the Bibimbap. Indulge in the tender and well-seasoned Tuscan Pork and round up your meal with the delectable Sweet Toast & Coconut Cream. The eatery has a decent wine and beer list along with a variety of coffees and iced teas.
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.