I'm a pastry chef heading down in two weeks for a little treat after my hell that is Seattle Restaurant Week (started yesterday, shoot me now). I lived in Berkeley several years years ago but am out of touch with what is good these days.
I'm thinking SPQR for Monday dinner and Zuni Cafe for Tuesday lunch, but am looking for a nice lunch on Monday, ideally somewhere between the SFMOMA (always a must) and the Embarcadero (lodging). Cost is not an issue, looking for deliciousness of any kind, the more unusual or innovative the better.
Also, are there any local artisan chocolatiers worth checking out, besides Recchiutti? Or star patissiers? I'll have to stop at Tartine; do they have a rival? And can anyone report on the TCHO tour? We have Theo, so I doubt I would learn anything new, but could be fun if there are enough free samples :)
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