Dec. 3rd, 2013

starlady: the cover from Shaun Tan's The Arrival, showing an aquanaut in suburbia (i'm a stranger here myself)
I was asked about

Most favorite spots in the Bay Area for:
1. Coffee
2. Brunch
3. Drinks
4. Fancy Night Out
5. Mexican Food

Hmm, this is tough! Or maybe not so tough.

For coffee, I like Ritual Coffee in the Mission best, with Blue Bottle a very close second. Philz Coffee also does really good brewed coffee (get the Turkish, Philz way, with mint), but a beautifully pulled espresso will always win over brewed coffee in my book. (I know, I sound like a hipster.) I'm still shocked there isn't more and better coffee in Berkeley; the best espresso in town is probably Babette, in the Berkeley Art Museum.

Brunch is easy - in the East Bay, I love La Note on Shattuck in Berkeley, and in the West Bay, I'm partial to Boogaloos in the Mission. La Note does Provençal food and it is so tasty. Boogaloos is just good veggie-ish breakfast food, darn tasty.

Drinks - hmm. I think Revival actually has some of the best drinks in the Bay Area, and I also really like the cocktails at Comal. Gather does good drinks too (I actually really enjoy the PB&J, among others). I'm not as up on places for drinks in San Francisco, though I was at a good place in the Mission, on Mission Street, a few times last summer that…seems to have disappeared, or at least, I can't find it now with Google-fu. ETA: It's Southpaw.

Fancy Night Out - Revival in Berkeley, hands down. (Gather is also very good.) I also like the Mission Beach Cafe and Luna Park in the Mission. I also really like Dosa, in the Mission and in Pac Heights.

Mexican Food - Yummmmm. Um. I really like Picante in Berkeley, and also Cancun, and Gordo's for a cheap delicious burrito. In the Mission, I like El Techo de Lolinda, which has good drinks and food and a rooftop patio, and also Tacolicious, because I like tacos. Speaking of tacos, Mijita in the Ferry Building has some great fish tacos, and so does the Salsalito Taco Shop in Sausalito. Mmm. Now I want tacos. Oh, and of course, Comal in Berkeley! Some day I will get to the tacos at Fruitvale Station…anyone want to take a BART ride?