Which neighborhood do you think has the best to offer in terms of restaurants, access to groceries/farmers' markets or just overall "foodie" vibe? Does this correspond to being a great neighborhood to live in (money being no object)? This is open to the entire Bay area.
I'm trying to determine if I missed any hidden neighborhood gems during my last visit as I'm heading back out for a longer visit due to work. So I want to stay in an area with excellent food options on my doorstep but is also a nice place to be live in since I will be there for 4-6 weeks. I will be hiring a car so will have no problems getting around the Bay area.
I'm really interested to know if I am missing anything amazing outside of SF city center. I have not been to any of the suburbs except the few streets right next to UC Berkeley and that was very unimpressive. I expected to see a virbant student community with numerous cheap, good restaurants. Instead, saw loads of bums and/or aging hippies strung out on drugs.