I just matched to a residency position at California Pacific Medical Center yesterday, and am really excited about getting to leave LA (I'm at USC) and move back up to the Bay Area. I used to live in Berkeley and am in love with that city, but I'm wondering whether it's worth it to commute from Berkeley to Pacific Heights every day. Is there anywhere in San Francisco that can give me the same foodie environment as Berkeley and the gourmet ghetto? Some of my favorites are Cheeseboard (cheeses, scones, pizza!), Berkeley Bowl (produce and everything else), the little Brazilian place on University, La Farine Bakery (morning buns!), and Acme (bread). I'm open to living in a new area if I can find one that would be as awesome as Berkeley.
I would really appreciate recommendations for neighborhoods in San Francisco that have a bunch of great foodie places, are fun, safe, and relatively cheap (doable to rent with $75,000 income).
Thank you! I can't wait to move up there soon!