The first time I went to Cafe 15 in Oakland, I was blown away by the quality of the food, and couldn't believe there was nothing like it in San Francisco. Then I discovered there is, in the form of Outerlands.
Regardless, despite a plethora of formal sit-down restaurants serving California/Cal-Med cuisine in the Bay Area, there really seems to be a lack of places like the above that serve California cuisine made with top-notch ingredients and cooking, where you order at the counter and nearly everything is under $10.
Thoughts? Or am I way off base and just don't know about other ones? (I do realize that Outerlands is slightly more refined than Cafe 15, but I still consider them similar)
597 15th St, Oakland, CA 94612