Okay I might be exaggerating, but it's definitely up there. Cheeseboard is unique because they only have one type of pizza every day. This might be bad news for people who like specific kinds of pizza. However this is usually not an issue because the pizza is almost always GREAT. They also give you a tiny sliver or two on top of the number of slices you order just as sort of a "thank you," which I find kind of nice.
The best thing about having only one thing on the menu (besides drinks)? The line moves reaaaally fast. The line may be out the door, but you will have your pizza in just a matter of minutes. They literally hand you your order right after you order it. And it's always fresh.
There's usually a little jazz group playing in the corner which gives the place an overall nice and homey feel.
Cheeseboard is definitely worth visiting.
The pizza here's pretty good (pretty much the only option on Northside) and the pasta is decent. I usually get pizza (by the slice) because the lunch deal is good ($3 for a slice and soda) and it comes out the fastest compared to the rest of the menu items. They usually have the pizzas ready and then throw them in the oven for a few minutes after you're ready. If you have a group, sharing a pizza's a good idea for a decent price and they usually make those from near-scratch (basically, they don't use the ones prepared earlier for the orders-by-the-slice).
There's big tv in the big room and a smaller tv in the smaller seating area that usually broadcast sports events if you're looking for a spot to watch the popular game and you don't want to make the trek down to Bear's Lair or Triple Rock.
There are a few things about La Note that may turn potential customers away. First off, there's usually a wait. Secondly, the menu's a bit intimidating when you do not understand French. Thirdly, it is a bit crowded in the restaurant which might put a slight damper on a romantic Sunday brunch.
That said, I believe La Note is certainly worth visiting for the most basic of reasons: because the food is good! It's definitely a brunch place and La Note best known for it. I personally am a huge fan of the Le Oufs Maison which is your stereotypical "hearty" breakfast of eggs, chicken apple sausage (extra), home fries (really good) and toast (sourdough!). Their pancakes are unique (lemon gingerbread) and certainly worth trying! The coffee is also good.
All in all, it's a good brunch experience as long as you're okay with:1) a wait (it ends up being bearable especially if you're a party of 2 because people give up on waiting and tables of 2 cycle really quickly) 2) slightly close proximity to neighboring brunch-goers.
I can't speak for the sandwiches / lunch menu but I hear it's good.
Before Top Dog, I was unaware that sausages actually had different varieties. There seems to be something for everyone here and it's always a bit interesting to see/hear what dogs people decide to order. They're $3 a dog which some find a bit steep (they aren't particularly big) but I find that it's worth it when you find the tastes that are right for you.
This location in particular's a bit of a lifesaver because it's one of the few stores in the area that is actually open past 8pm (up to 11pm most nights).
Two dogs, chips and a soda is around $8. It's not the best deal in town but certainly worth it when it's 10pm and you're stuck in downtown Berkeley.
It's hard to imagine that a little shack set up in the parking lot of a bike store would make some of the most delicious sandwiches one can find in the East Bay. That's partly what makes this place unique. That said, the true star of the show here is the Tri-Tip Sandwich with the works. It's simply amazing. I'm not sure what in the unlikely mix of beef, olives, pineapples and jalapeno peppers makes the experience so unreal, but it is. I'm guilty of only having had just this item on the menu (along with a mango smoothie...on a hot day: divine) but, really, that's all they need.
A little bit pricey but it's always worth it in the end!
Their coffee is quite good and gives Northside a good source for a decent cup of joe. The service is fairly quick given that it's a family business and the people there are always friendly. A drink and a bagel with cream cheese will go for under $5 which is a decent price to pay in my opinion. There's a huge smoothie selection which is unique to Brewed Awakening.
I don't typically study at coffee shops, so I cannot speak to how that experience is at Brewed Awakening.
In my experience and opinion, it's certainly worth visiting. And revisiting.