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Crowds line up for Sophie's made-to-order crepes and sundaes...
The only ‘real’ restaurant in town, everyone jockeys for outdoor seats among the flowerboxes for fish and chips, barbecued oysters, or buttermilk pancakes with damn good coffee. Live music Thursday and Sunday nights.
You don't get gourmet, cornmeal-dusted, thin-crust slices like this every day. Pizza lovers brave uphill climbs for pizza piled with fresh toppings, a pint of Anchor Steam and a cozy bar setting – all for under $10.
Generous $8 pulled-pork sandwiches and $10 racks of ribs are slow-cooked in a smoker, and their baked beans, sweet-potato fries and coleslaw ‘roadsides’ are made fresh from scratch – diets are definitely roadkill here.
This organic grocery's deli is packed with housemade foods, including respectable sushi, roasted-eggplant-and-tomato salad, free-range herb-turkey sandwiches and organic gingerbread. On sunny days, grab a patio seat.
Don't let the name fool you. Yes, its many varieties of all-natural beef and turkey burgers are great, but Barney's also makes big, healthy salads and even serves organic tofu for vegetarians...
The Pine Cone serves big breakfasts and lunches inside a cute retro dining room and at shaded al fresco picnic tables. Try the buttermilk biscuits, the chorizo or tofu scramble, or the fried oyster sandwich.
In the former Olema Inn, a creaky 1876 building, hyper-local Sir & Star delights with Marin-sourced seasonal bounty like Tomales Bay oysters, Dungeness crab and duck 'faux' gras. Reservations recommended.
The best meal on wheels in SF. Burritos and quesadillas are generous to a fault, and the $2 tacos are an easy gourmet meal on the go – especially the al pastor (marinated roast pork) and lengua (beef tongue).
Wild Kitchen events gather adventurous eaters for communal summer meals made with locally foraged ingredients in unexpected Bay Area settings, ranging from a Mission rooftop garden to a Sausalito houseboat.
Bowls of steaming café au lait, poached eggs en croute (in pastry) and crunchy baguette sandwiches – if you’re looking for Paris in Oakland, you’ll find it at this deliciously unpretentious sidewalk cafe.
Open and unchanged since 1947 – with enough ephemera and animal heads on the walls to prove it – Tommy's is the classic for hof brau (cafeteria-style) meals of turkey, corned beef and buffalo stew.
This place specializes in rustic Italian cuisine made from locally sourced produce, including pizza and pasta dishes and Niman Ranch meats. For dessert, the water-buffalo-milk gelato is the way to go.
Generations of families come to this ramshackle harborside seafood shack with checked tablecloths, fresh-fish specials, fish and chips and a near-constant line out the door. Always good, never great.
Remarkable that a food truck could contain a wood-burning oven, but herein lies the secret to Carmel Pizza's remarkably good single-serving blistered-crust pizzas. Note the early closing time at dinner.
If you want to eat outside on a sunny day, grab a sandwich from Ratto’s, a vintage Oakland grocery (since 1897) with a deli counter (and a few sidewalk tables) that attracts a devoted lunch crowd.
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