My splendid bride and I will return to the bay area (SF - lower Haight) for Thanksgiving reunion with her college crowd. Every year, we assemble wherever to celebrate together. Coming from a college house where food was explorational, they range wildly. One year, an appetizer was road-kill fox, which, they say, tasted like rabbit.
We do not insist on macho strange-meat, to be sure, but we are not squeamish. In Seattle, we enjoy drip coffee (Cafe Vita, Victrola, Cherry Street [Marion, mostly]), fun happy-hours (Perche No, High-Life, Alibi Room, Spur, Taste, BOKA, Licorous, Lola, Ponti, Quinn's...), pub-grub (Pacific Inn, Ivar's, Bad Albert's, Jolly Roger, Ray's Cafe [beware trendy ingredient OD]...), and just good meals (Salumi, Paseo, Chez Shea, Mawadda, Lark, Bizzarro, Tilth).
Ten days in the bay area will give us opportunity, and we hope you can help us use it memorably.
For starters, a few years ago, on our last trip to Berkeley, we were stunned that the closest thing we could find, after extensive searching (for days!!???), to decent drip coffee, was Starbucks. Tacubaya cafe de olla saved that trip, for us, and the morning cafe of Pizzaiolo, in Oakland.
We'll be traveling in a mob, likely on foot and transit, and hope you can point toward some good experiences. We'll be looking for coffee (good, Seattle-style drip, no goddam charcoal Starbuck's/Peets...), interesting ethnic, tasting menu's, incredible local deliciosities (did I mention Paseo?), and other things we should not miss. Thank you.
5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
1788 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710
408 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019