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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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.
Gregoire in Berkeley is a tiny, takeout-only spot where you can get perfect picnic food.
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Sorrel is an upscale California-Italian place in Pac Heights that’s designed to impress, even if they do everything a little too by the book.
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Despite the hit-or-miss menu, Little Gem is an amazingly pleasant place to eat in Hayes Valley.
Blue Barn Gourmet
If you’re looking to be healthy - or at least feel like you’re being healthy - hit up Blue Barn.
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