Eclectic is the name of the game. It also depends who's paying.
Baked goods, anyone? Cooperatively run, of course. Great politics, great eats. The Cheese Board. Yes, they have cheese. (You can get their book.)
Best cappuccino, hands down. Nefeli, Berkeley.
But the best local coffee beans are the ones already mentioned in the right-hand column of this blog. Blue Bottle Coffee. And they ship.
Speaking of good politics and good food -- of the sustainable-ecological kind with a Latin American twist: Café de la Paz.
Fresh squeezed citrus juices (orange, grapefruit). Also smoothies and coffee, but the coffee isn't my favorite. Good place to study or catch up with an old friend. Packed, but airy with high ceilings. Lovely owners. Brewed Awakening, Berkeley.
Eh. Dungeness crab cakes, but too greasy.
CHOCOLATE. Bittersweet, Rockridge district, Oakland. Serious chocolate. This one has been in the right hand column here since the blog started, but did you even notice? And they use Blue Bottle Coffee for their mochas.
The best sushi --which I didn't get to. Next time. Kirala. No reservations. Stand on line or get there very early.
Your nutritionist told you to get a good breakfast. At a neighborhood joint. Rockridge Café.
No one paid me to write about these. But some very nice friends did pay for lunch. Supper. Breakfast. And one stupendous cup of hot chocolate.