Berkeley

Tennyson St BBQ

Crowd-pleasing barbecue favorites are served in abundance at this casual restaurant. The brisket sandwich (order it with jalapeño cream cheese) is a winner.

Ragin' Hog BBQ

Southern-style BBQ is the draw at this spot. Try the succulent smoked ribs or hot links with your choice of sweet, hot, Memphis, Carolina, or Georgia-style sauces. Daily specials frequently include Cajun and Creole dishes like gumbo and dirty rice.

Royal

This low-key burger bar from the owner of popular brunch spot Jelly offers fresh takes on American classics. Order a French onion burger and ginger curry chips, and wash it down with one of the boozy shakes. 

Block & Larder

This modern chophouse features roasted and braised entrees along with burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Try the bison short rib with a harissa barbecue sauce and sides of sweet corn and chickpea succotash.

Rocky Top Tavern

Enjoy daily drink specials, local brews, and creative pub food—like the peanut butter and bacon burger—at this casual bar and restaurant.

El Chingon

Serving traditional Mexican dishes, this bistro emphasizes fresh ingredients and house-made chiles.

Scratch Burrito

Slow food in a fast-casual dining environment? This burrito shop is a paradox worth biting into. Gourmet-to-go versions of one of America's favorite staples are made with ingredients like white bean hummus, arugula, bruschetta-pico, and pesto. 

BookBar

Endearingly coined "a book shop for wine lovers, a wine bar for book shoppers," this cozy nook of an eatery offers house-made hors d'oeuvres as well as a delicious Corvus Coffee hops-brewed beverage.

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