There are many meaty sandwich options at Moishe's.
I'm not a huge fan of the polish sausage though. Perhaps it's the Chicago way, but if you like your dogs grilled or buns toasted, look elsewhere.
The owner is really friendly and the prices are fair.
The menu is pretty Californian and seasonal. Service was great. Decent wine and beer selection.
They even had a live pianist at lunch to create some ambiance. The building's corner location and floor-to-ceiling windows make the space bright, airy, and enjoyable.
Overall a very pleasant dining experience.
Top Dog's are a staple in the Berkeley diet. The people who work there are always a bit odd, but friendly. Top dog is way better than any street hot dog, period. It must be the grilling.
It's always fun to read all the faded weird libertarian propaganda and bumper stickers on the wall while you wait.
It's uber-tiny in there, so when it's crowded you really have to fight your way to the counter.
Mmmmm Chicken Apple Sausage.
I've taken my car here a few times. I've never really had to wait and it's always been pretty quick.
They pretty much deliver what they promise. There was one time where they didn't top off *all* the fluids like they should but it wasn't a big deal.
There always seems to be something illegal going on at this Walgreens. I go here all the time, and at least one crazy thing happens each time I go.
That said, it's your standard Walgreens.
UPDATE: The King has recently remodeled its dining room! They've painted, expanded it back like 15 feet, and replaced all of the furniture. It's a much bigger and nicer establishment now. The menu did not change however. The meats are still 100% Halal if you're into that.
Sure it's not glamorous. Sure it's not that exciting. But you can always count on 'the king' for a cheapish and edible gyro near the civic center.
I always get the #23 Chicken Gyro. It's $6.35. Pretty tasty and reliable.
A lot of gyro places are sketchy, but I trust the king.
I absolutely love this place. I go there as often as I can afford. It's worth every penny though.
They have two sections: Upstairs and the cafe. All the hot food from the cafe is prepared in the brick oven next to the bar and is a bit cheaper but still awesome. It's first come first serve.
Upstairs is the main event. The dining room is beautiful. The dishes are all very close to authentic country Italian food. This isn't spaghetti and meatballs. Think more salted pork belly with arugula. The menu changes constantly.
Desert is always fantastic.
Their wine list is superb, extensive, and reasonably priced (it's about a straight double.)
I love this place.
Some have called this place the "High Fidelity of Wine Shops" simply because the staff can be a bit 'above it'.
This isn't a place for the wine novice. Their prices aren't bad, but they aren't great. They have a decent selection, but it's a small space and some regions are lacking. Their refrigerated section is uber-tiny so don't think you can get a great last minute chilled white or sparkling wine.
I see this place as a sort of secondary or last resort. It's better than Vino or *gasp* Trader Joe's but not a full service wine shop.
It could also be the lobster tanks from the meat market that's off putting...
Worth checking out if you're in the Rockridge Market Hall, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.
These guys serve up premium drip coffee made to order and other coffee bar fare.
The drip coffee is where it's at. It's strong, full flavored, and really really fresh. They have a world-wide selection. Many of these are organic.
The pastries are from Nabolom so they're just OK.
It's a really cool corner to hang out. Be warned, weekends are hellish.
Update: be warned, today was the second time someone jacked my coffee from the drip area. You've gotta really watch it.
If you're leery of African food, don't be. Lagosia is a really nice, brand new restaurant and does very well. The wait staff was helpful and did a great job. The restaurant was designed very well and has a comfortable atmosphere.
Their plantain appetizer is awesome. I really enjoyed the spice in all the dishes (the food actually had a little heat!) Everything was done well and had nice modern presentation. The food is by nature kind of heavy and starchy but that was actually played down a bit in a good way.
It's location isn't that great for foot traffic from restaurant goers which is a shame!
More people should definitely check this place out.