The title says it all: what's your favorite place to open in 2006, and why?
My vote goes to 900 Grayson in West Berkeley. Unpretentious, comfort food featuring good ingredients and consistently stellar execution. The fair prices, generous portions, good beer on tap, and friendly staff keep me coming back again and again and again. I've brought about 30 friends to brunch here, and everyone has loved it. From the most sophisticated foodie, to the pickiest of eaters, from carnivore to vegan, 900 Grayson has universal appeal.
My favorite dishes are the fried chicken and waffles (get a side of maple syrup to bring it to the next level), the corned beef hash, the hash browns (truly, the perfect hash brown), the scrambled eggs with fresh herbs, the onion rings, and the hamburger. Order a side of market vegetables to round out your meal and don't forget a side of house made jam for your toast.
Open M-F for breakfast and lunch, Sat for brunch. Closed Sundays.