Berkeley

January 18, 2013
Some of my favorite dinner excursions begin with a friend who knows food, telling me, “Hey, I’ve heard about this place that’s really good in X. Have you been? Wanna check it out?” And so that’s how I was off...
I admit that as a San Franciscan I can get a bit landlocked with my restaurant choices—Bay Bridge traffic can suck up a couple of hours I don’t have to spare. Fortunately Comal in Berkeley is literally a block from...
I love when you walk into a restaurant and the smell is the first thing you notice (well, in a good way), swiftly followed by a pang of hunger. Ajanta, with its lightly spiced aromas coming from the kitchen, is...
Like Chapeau! and Garçon! in the city, here’s another French restaurant with an exclamation point in its name, Zut! on Fourth, although this one is located in Berkeley, in the former Eccolo space. As for the name, it’s part of...
I know, it sounds like such a Berkeley restaurant name, Gather. And this place (it’s part of the eco-minded David Brower Center) is definitely greener-than-green, from its architecture to its hyper-local/sustainable menu (there’s even a “Source Book” you can request)...
You wanna know what’s cool? A gleaming shelf of 24 upside-down (full) bottles of shochu over a bar, poised and ready to get poured into a glass for you—that’s cool. Taking BART into Berkeley and having the restaurant only a...