Peking duck, bagels and lox, and Top Dog.
October 20, 2023
Funky Elephant is a snug spot in a West Berkeley strip mall that's pumping bold, bright Thai comfort food. Get the party wings.
Boichik Bagels in Berkeley makes the best bagels in the Bay.
Standard Fare in West Berkeley is a breakfast/lunch spot that’s doing the whole hyper-seasonal California thing, and doing it very well.
Fava in Berkeley is a tiny lunch spot serving fantastic seasonal flatbreads and bowls.
Lemat is a casual spot in South Berkeley serving Ethiopian hits.
Fish & Bird is a modern Berkeley izakaya with great small plates.
Oceanview Diner (formerly Bette’s Oceanview Diner) is an excellent breakfast spot on Berkeley’s Fourth Street. Get the corned beef hash.
Cheese Board Pizza in Berkeley serves just one type of sourdough pizza every day. The line is worth the wait.
Saul’s is a long-standing Jewish deli in Berkeley with everything from bagels and reubens to matzo brei.
Top Dog is a kind-of-a-dive hot dog institution near the UC Berkeley campus. Most dogs are $4.50.
Vik’s Chaat does Indian street food in a converted West Berkeley warehouse. It also doubles as a market, so pick up rice, frozen paneer wraps, biscuits, or teas before heading out.
Bartavelle Coffee And Wine is a Berkeley spot that’s ideal for coffee dates and long lunches.
July 13, 2023
You want the Chez Panisse farm-to-table experience, without shelling out $175 per person? The upstairs cafe is the answer.
June 21, 2023
Chez Panisse is the farm-to-table legend that’s still holding it down. Dinner at the Berkeley institution is lovely, if predictable at times.
Pizzaria Da Laura is cranking out New York- and pan-style pizzas in a fun but casual space in downtown Berkeley.
June 2, 2023
Nom Nom Bánh Mì in Berkeley serves great Vietnamese sandwiches with several vegetarian options.
May 5, 2023
Come to Phosho Dough in Oakland for Vietnamese staples, like bánh mì, vermicelli bowls, and phở.
Bánh Mì & Rolls Factory is a Vietnamese spot in Berkeley with 15 kinds of bánh mì.
The second outpost of Boichik Bagels is a large factory and cafe in Berkeley—chewy, rotund bagels are the star.
April 20, 2023
Masa Ramen Bistro in Berkeley serves great Japanese and Hawaiian dishes, from tonkotsu ramen loaded with fresh parmesan to spam musubi and moco loco.
December 19, 2022
Come to this Japanese curry spot in Berkeley for quick chicken katsu curry lunches.
December 5, 2022
State Flour Pizza is serving excellent Neapolitan-style pies and wine-by-the-glass in Berkeley's Elmwood.
November 4, 2022
Delirama is a Berkeley deli specializing in pastrami sandwiches, bagels, and pizza.
October 10, 2022
Great China in Berkeley serves incredible Peking duck, plus other Northern Chinese dishes worth going out of your way for.