If you’re in the mood for diner food, but want more than just bacon and eggs, head to Hopscotch. This casual Uptown restaurant does an excellent brunch, lunch, and dinner in a cool, laid-back setting with retro red diner chairs and checkerboard floors. But what makes Hopscotch interesting is their menu - classic American dishes are influenced by Japanese flavors. They have tonkatsu and crispy chicken sandwiches, soba biscuits and sausage gravy, and kimchee fried rice. You also can’t go wrong with their buttermilk fried chicken.
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Xolo is an Uptown Oakland taqueria serving delicious tacos, burritos, and churros in a large space.
Blind Tiger is an underground restaurant and bar that serves shareable Asian fusion plates in a festive atmosphere that’s great for groups.
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Trick Dog is an awesome cocktail bar that is sometimes overwhelmed by the masses. Go on a quiet night and you’ll have an awesome time.
State Bird Provisions
You’ll want to book a table in advance for the dim sum-style small plates at State Bird Provisions in the Fillmore.
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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Getting a burger at Gott’s Roadside is one of the best reasons to go to the Ferry Building.
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