The Bay Area is full of really great restaurants but until you have the opportunity to explore on your own, here are some favorite options for our students.
Places to get Lunch:
Cheeseboard - Just down the street from DSPT! Pizza for $2.50/slice. They only make one type of pizza per day, and it's typically really, really good. On a sunny day, you can (but probably shouldn't) sit on the median and enjoy the weather while listening to a band play either jazz or swing.
Gregoire - On Cedar, 1/2 block east of Shattuck, Gregoire is gourment food on the go. There is often a line outside the small establishment, but it is well worth the wait. They also have dinner offerings, but their lunch menu is better priced for those on a budget.
The Juice Bar Collective - Very close to DSPT on Vine Street, the Juice Bar Collective offers smoothies and fresh juices as well as sandwiches, quiche, polenta and spinach lasagna.
Saul's - Heaven for meat-eaters on Shattuck near DSPT, Saul's is a New York style delicatessen which offers a variety of breakfast items and sandwiches. Their deli hash is a favorite staple in many DSPT students' and staff members diets.
Epicurious Garden - Across the street from the Cheeseboard, the Epicurious Garden is home to a variety of eateries offering artisan soups, quality Mexican food, gelato, dim sum, sushi and more.
La Val's & La Burrita - La Val's and La Burrita are a pizzeria and a taqueria located adjacent to each other on Euclid Ave. Their prices are good, and they're located conveniently at the heart of Holy Hill, next to Cal's North Gate. If you take any classes elsewhere in the GTU or at Cal, these places will often be a great opportunity for a quick, delicious lunch or supper.
Top Dog - The famous Bay Area hot dog joint, offering great food and liberal 'propergander' since 1966. Whether you agree with their philosophies or not, you're sure to love the great variety of delicious dogs.
Places to get coffee:
Peet's - Located all over the bay area, the first Peet's is just down the road from DSPT at Walnut & Vine. Always a good choice for coffee or pastries.
Brewed Awakening - Near the rest of the GTU on Euclid. Their cappuccino is really good. If you go here, you'll probably run into other GTU students, which can be a good or bad thing, depending on your perspective.
Nefeli Caffe - Also on Euclid, Nefeli a small, homey cafe with quality coffee and food offerings.
Places to get dinner:
Chez Panisse - Super expensive, but worth it. You'll have to make reservations well ahead of time. You need to eat here at least once during your time in Berkeley. This restaurant revolutionized cooking in America. It cannot be recommended enough.
Dara - On the corner of Cedar and Shattuck, Dara offers a variety of Thai and Lao specialty dishes. They are reasonably priced, offer great service, and have a beautiful large patio for outside dining.
Cha'am - A treehouse-like building on Shattuck next door to Dara, Cha'am is a favorite Thai restaurant of many Berkeley residents.
Crepevine - On Shattuck and Cedar, Crepevine offers savory and sweet stuffed crepes and has a great happy hour pint special.
Barney's - Also on Shattuck and Cedar (and on College near St. Albert Priory) Barney's makes hamburgers of almost every variety and great milkshakes.
Zachary's Pizza - With one location near St. Albert's, and another on Solano Ave. near St. Jerome's, you have no excuse not to go here. They serve delicious deep-dish pizza.
Fonda - Tapas restaurant on Solano Ave. Delicious food, good drink prices, fun atmosphere.