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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Angeline’s Louisiana Kitchen
Angeline’s in Berkeley is an upscale neighborhood spot serving solid New Orleans-style food.
Berkeley’s Chez Panisse is famous for starting the whole "farm-to-table" movement, and it's still doing an incredible prix fixe menu.
Ippuku is a small, casual yakitori spot in Berkeley that might leave you smelling like smoke for days, but the food is worth it.
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The Showdown is a bar in North Beach with good food, a pool table, and an indoor stoop for hanging out on.
At Bon Voyage in the Mission, you can get cocktails and dumplings in a space that feels like you’re on a cartoon safari.
Berkeley’s Top Dog is an institution: an anarchist hole-in-the-wall that serves incredible hot dogs late into the night.
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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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