If you show up early for your reservation at Chez Panisse or want to get a little drunk before you join the line at Cheese Board Pizza, Tigerlily is a good place to camp out for a bit. This Indian restaurant also has a bright, open bar that’s fun to hang out at if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like going to places that are difficult to get into. The drinks are good, the bartenders are nice, and they also have TVs to watch sports on while you kill time.
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Ippuku is a small, casual yakitori spot in Berkeley that might leave you smelling like smoke for days, but the food is worth it.
Comal Next Door
Comal Next Door in Berkeley is a casual counter service spot with things like tacos and burritos done to perfection.
The West Berkeley takeout window serves incredible burgers, sandwiches, and other comfort food dishes.
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Elda is a cocktail bar in the Mission that you should go to with a small group of friends to eat great Caribbean food.
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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.
Cheese Board Pizza
Cheese Board Pizza in Berkeley does only one type of pizza every day. It tends to be kind of unusual, but it’s always worth the long wait.
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