Tomate Cafe is first and foremost a neighborhood spot, so it isn’t a place you’re likely to just stumble upon. It’s in a part of West Berkeley that’s half houses and half warehouses, so if you’re here, you came on purpose. Which you should, because it does one of the best breakfasts in town. Order at the counter (get the Harvest Breakfast, which comes with fried apples and delicious zucchini potato cakes), then sit out on the patio if it’s warm enough, or grab a table inside. You’ll probably end up next to a family and an old guy doing the crossword, which makes for the perfect laid-back breakfast situation.
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Gather in Berkeley does great pizzas in a space that feels relaxed (if aggressively rustic).
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.
Jupiter in Berkeley is known for its amazing patio and live music situation. It has a ton of beers on tap and serves decent pizza.
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One of the better lunch options in the Financial District, get Heyday into your midday rotation.
Sir and Star at The Olema
Sir and Star is one of the best dining experiences in Northern California. Get your ass out to the hunting lodge in Olema.
The plates at Al's Place in the Mission look like art, and taste pretty great too. "Best New Restaurant in the US 2015" ain't a bad calling card either.
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Rose’s Cafe in Cow Hollow has great granola, pastries and an excellent breakfast pizza. Hit it in the morning for an outdoor breakfast.
Duboce Park Cafe
Duboce Park Cafe is a laidback and dog-friendly spot in the Castro for breakfast or lunch.
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