Gather is the type of place that’s mocked on Portlandia: everything is from a local farm (and they make sure you know it), they use a lot of recycled materials, and the building is, according to them, the greenest in Berkeley. All that might make you expect some sort of bland health food, but that’s not what’s going on here at all. The main attraction is actually the pizza, which is more like flatbread topped with fresh vegetables and meats. The space is bright and welcoming, and has an upscale but unpretentious feel. Come for dinner with your parents.
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Bette’s Oceanview Diner
Bette’s in Berkeley is an upscale 1950s-style diner that does a boozy brunch worth the guaranteed 45-minute wait.
Mise En Place Kitchen
Mise En Place Kitchen in Downtown Berkeley is a cafe serving soups, salads, sandwiches, and incredible tartines.
La Mission is a small, festive restaurant in Berkeley that does comforting Mexican food in big portions.
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Straw serves carnival-inspired food (like a burger with donuts for buns) in Hayes Valley. We like the omelets and scrambles here,
Comstock Saloon is an old-school spot in North Beach serving great food and cocktails. Get the brussels sprouts.
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Blue Barn Gourmet
If you’re looking to be healthy - or at least feel like you’re being healthy - hit up Blue Barn.
Emilia’s is the best pizza in the Bay Area. Getting it is a huge pain in the ass. But it is 100% worth it.
The Plant Cafe Organic
The Embarcadero location of The Plant is a prime spot to grab a healthy lunch.
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