Arlequin is a world wine store and has an excellent selection from nearly every important wine region. The staff is very knowledgeable and passionate about wine. They have yet to steer me wrong.
Most of their wines come from small producers who use traditional production methods which ultimately (I think) results in a higher quality, more hand-crafted experience.
The prices are competitive and they definitely have some great values.
Their weekly tasting events are very cool and are a great way to get into wine or expand your wine knowledge.
It's my favorite wine shop by far!
This place reminds me of similar old book stores in Paris and London. It just has a cool vibe. They buy books at a fair price and you can definitely pickup good paperbacks for cheap. It's a great place to get cool coffee table books. Going to Moe's is a quintessential Berkeley experience.
They have really nice authentic Parisian cafe tables and chairs facing College Avenue. It's connected to the rest of the Market Hall and is directly adjacent to the bakery in there.
They also offer bulk coffee in addition to standard cafe drinks.
Good for people watching.
I could have just been caught up in the new semester rush, but I went in and at least 15 people were working but no one was available to help at all.
They charge $2.00 a page for printing! Their internet prices are also lame as they have a 10 minute minimum. Don't come here to print stuff. Faxing is also expensive.
On the upside, they do offer a wide variety of services and they're really conveniently located if you live on the South side.
It's quite difficult to be seated here pretty much any night of the week. Prepare to wait 30 minutes to an hour.
Other than that, they have good food and sushi. They also have a great sake selection. They serve a couple of flights which are great intros to sake tasting.
Entrees run about $15.
This bakery serves up more than just pastries. they have a whole bunch of baked goods (mostly breads, I don't think they do cakes).
I'm a big fan of the scones. They don't look or taste like most scones, but they're awesome. They're soft in the middle, but crispy and cookie-like on the outside. It's strange but it works! They currently have a coffee and scone/muffin/roll special for $3.00.
The staff is friendly and it's close to BART for those early morning breakfast runs.
Bobby G's is a really cool around-the-corner type place. It has a relaxed atmosphere and is a great place to just hang out, grab a slice, and drink some beer. The on-tap beer selection is very respectable.
They're great for take-out too.
Tip: The small is pretty small and the large is pretty large. They only offer two sizes. Since the slices are pretty thin, it's not a stretch that the large would satisfy 2 or 3 hungry people.
Decent burgers. It's good for a greasy-spoon type experience. The patio is nice. I do like to see that they include a "salad" with the mound-o-fries served with every burger.
Considering the high caliber of Berkeley cuisine, Lalimes seems to either be resting on its reputation or simply not trying.
The menu was a bit unimaginative for its price. It was executed well, but the protein portions were TINY and everything lacked depth.
The bottle wine menu was decent but the by-the-glass menu was lacking.
The service was perfunctory. The building itself is cool (it's an old house). The parking is difficult as it's in a funky old neighborhood with outdated street plans (really narrow 'two-way' streets)
For the money I would rather go to Rivoli or Chez Panisse Cafe.
They make awesome burgers. The place itself is a sort of kitschy 50's-style diner/burger hut but it's not overly themed. Great fries and other plates.