10 Places to Eat at Now

I'm hangry!
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    20th Century Cafe - As someone who loves dressing in vintage clothes, sitting on vintage furnishings, and eating off of vintage plates, the time capsule that is 20th Century Cafe speaks to me on many levels. Chef-owner Michelle Polzine gained many fans while making...

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    A16 Rockridge - As A16 approaches its 10th birthday in San Francisco (on February 14th), I think about the numerous meals (and stellar Southern Italian wines!) I’ve had there over the years. But one thing I’ve never been able to enjoy there is...

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    Betelnut - Man, that poor Betelnut has had a tumultuous year, like it wants to get on the cover of the Enquirer or something. After 18 years in business—12 of them with the very talented chef Alex Ong at the helm—the restaurant...

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    Campton Place Restaurant - With tablecloths rapidly disappearing (kind of like good manners) and people trying to wear jeans everywhere, fine dining continues to become an endangered species. But I say thank God we have plenty of special occasions to celebrate in our lives...

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    Fusebox - My friends had just returned from their Hawaiian vacation and wanted somewhere easygoing to dine at: “Marcia, we can’t handle anything too crazy or chaotic.” In order to maintain their mahalo vibe, it seemed dinner at Fusebox would be the...

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    Juhu Beach Club - One of the best things I have ever eaten in my life is the vada pav I had on my trip to Mumbai a few years ago. It’s a vegetarian slider of sorts, with a crisp-and-creamy-and-crazy-seasoned potato patty tucked into...

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    Merigan Sub Shop - Sandwiches. I live for them. And when they’re bonkers good, if I get one in my mind, I will literally drive or ride my bike across town to get it. The sandwiches at Merigan Sub Shop are like that—they haunt...

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    Ramen Shop - I find myself thinking a lot about the fried rice ($11) at Ramen Shop in Rockridge. There’s fried rice, and then there’s this one. One night, the bowl of dark, dusky, just-crisp-enough rice came packed with plump oysters, squid, and...

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    Tosca Cafe - Isn’t it nice when things turn out right, nay, better than you hoped? The takeover and saving of Tosca Cafe by Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield (known best for New York’s The Spotted Pig) has turned into a rather happy...

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    Verbena - When word spread that the team from Berkeley’s Gather was opening a restaurant in Russian Hill, I wondered what exactly they had in mind for us city folk. They did a bang-up job transforming the former Rex Café/Marbella into an...