Hey SF Hounds! I'm a Bay Area expat returning from NYC for my annual Christmas pilgrimage. I usually stick with SF, but will be staying for a few days in the Albany-Berkeley area, and would welcome some recs for both sides of the bay.
First, burritos. I'm obsessed with them to the point that I've taken a detour to El Farolito on the way from the Oakland airport to my parents' house in SF. But that's a bit out of my way (folks live in the Marina) and I'd like to find someplace along my route (Bart to SF, then the 30 Stockton home). Any places readily accessible to Bart stops in the east bay (maybe fruitvale) or the route the 30 takes?
Second, korean-chinese. I grew up on this spicy, garlicky, deep-fried cuisine of kings. My favorite place in SF is San Tung, but I'm curious for more suggestions. For example, I've heard of an amazing place near the Shattuck Theater called Great Wall(??). Anyone have any info on this place or others?
Third, ethiopian. A while back, I had an amazing meal at Café Colucci. Are they still open and serving the same quality grub as before? Are there other places I should try instead? I'm particularly interested in those that take advantage of the abundance of cheap vegetables and produce.
Fourth, upscale but casual. One of my very favorite restaurants in SF is Delfina. I would love suggestions for restaurants on either side of the bay that replicate this experience of top notch food in a casual setting (i.e., no coat and tie). I'm aware of Chez Panisse upstairs, but would like to try someplace else.
Fifth, miscellanious. Is Neldam's Bakery still open? Genova Delicatessen?
That should just about do it. Thanks in advance, 'hounds!