I admit a bias to restaurants in the East Bay. Don’t get me wrong. I like San Francisco’s food, too.
These days, meaning now that I'm probably more provincial and less tolerant, I just want to have a pleasant lunch after samba class on the weekend. Sometimes my friends and I will contemplate some wine and sinfully fatty food and look for a place to eat that’s near the dance studio. And yes, it would seemingly negate our hard earned fitness progress by seeking out such fare, but I digress.
The only place nearby after dance class that provides good food, reasonable prices and a place to park, is . We could, in theory, buy our tasty treats and head toward a park for a picnic. Usually though, we leave Berkeley and head toward Oakland. There’s more parking (even if one pays ), there’s a good variety of cuisine, and the prices do not pack a wallop to your pocketbook or wallet. Most importantly, there seem to be more places to eat where the sad state of the economy and social equity are less apparent when we’re consuming a meal.
I realize that this may just be my prejudice, so I will endeavor to find more Berkeley restaurants or eating places that are easily gotten to and enjoyed. And that means, not just BART and bus friendly. That means I can pack four friends in my compact car and find a parking spot on Berkeley’s streets.