I'm brand new in the Bay Area, just moved into my apt in North Berkeley after having spent the last four years working in Cambridge, MA. I've been through a number of the "where do I eat" threads and was hoping to hear some slightly different input here. Understandably, I'll never find places which are exactly the same as my old haunts back in Mass, but for when I'm feeling homesick a close resemblance will do. So, that said, which local restaurants might best approximate the following:
Ten Tables: high value contemporary American, always a very nice meal, well prepared and presented, slightly dressed up but still casual atmosphere, great 3rd date spot.
Craigie St: that one special restaurant which will blow your socks off and eat your wallet.
Greet St: a bar which knows how to make a proper sazerac, which has 5 types of bitters, and whose bartenders can figure out what you might like after a few drinks. And a great bar menu.
Greek Corner: lamb gyros. That is all.
Brookline Lunch: dirt cheap greasy spoon diner/cafe serving breakfast all day.
Blue Room (lunch): summer grill pit, cash only, plastic plates, excellent food.
Mike's Pizza: family run, counter service pizzeria with a bar, and where they'll remember your name.
Anna's Taqueria: somewhere tasty where $5 will guarantee you'll be full till your next meal.
Blue Ribbon: vegans be damned, good southern barbecue
If anyone else has lived both places, any other comparisons would be welcome, I feel like I've eaten at most of Cambridge's restaurants.
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