Cafe Strada has been a staple of the Berkeley campus for quite some time now. You will often find UC Berkeley student studying here or just meeting up with friends as the campus is just right across the street.
It has both indoor and outdoor seating (with heat lamps if it gets cold). and it is open seven days a week from 6:30am to midnight. I recommend the White Mocha (mocha bianca). It's the best white mocha I've tasted in a cafe. And it's especially good when it's cold outside.
The service there is swift and they also have pastry items too. Their prices arte quite reasonable and the coffee itself is rather highly rated for the price, and highly rated in general. give it a try if you want to see what all the fuss is about. Most people who got to UC Berkeley will know of Cafe Strada.
PROS: Good coffee, good prices, good pastries. Open late.
Yes, there is such a hamburger there called Are you Kidding Me. It it is hamburger with everthing and a fried egg. Makes you just want to go out and get one, doesn't it?
This place has a bar and many tv's for watching any kind of game that is on. There are even personal booth tv's available when you get one of their many booths. It's a friendly bar and the staff is usually quick with the service.
There is a varied selection of burgers here and your usual pub food (beer, fries, and some salads.) This place is popular with the locals as most people seem to know each other. Since it's in San Carlos, most people probably have not heard of this place. So if you are in the neighborhood, go check it out. It's worth a visit. Especially to say that you had the Are You Kidding Me burger.
PROS: great burgers, lots of tv's, and quick service.
This place specializes in hamburgers and salads. they have an extensive menu and their burger are cooked to order. Now you say, what's so great about a "gourmet" burger? Try one and you'll find your answer.
Barney's has several locations in the Bay Area and a couple Southern California area. Check out their menu online. They even have a kid's menu and great salads to choose from. Take out orders are also available here. Prices are affordable for the large protions you get.
Afterwards you can head on over to Fentons (see my review) for some great ice cream. It's only a couple blocks away.
PROS: great burgers and salads for the whole family
I haven't been to this store in a while, but when I was there they have soem really nice designs and the price seem affordable for the quality you are getting. They have a few stores located mostly in Northern California.
The designs of the furniture items at this store might seem like something you'd see at an Ikea, but the quality here is 10 times better. They have furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom, and office. If you ever pass by one of these stores, it worth a look - if not to buy, but to just get design ideas. They seem to be expanding their store locations, so check the website to see if one is near you. Also, you can order a catalog of their furniture online.
PROS: Affordable and high quality furniture.
Pep boys is a national automotive chain superstore. They have a service bay at this one, and at most Pep Boys - if not all Pep Boys, where you can get your car serviced or repaired. They also have OEM parts that you can pick up if you are trying to fix your car yourself. And to fix your car yourself, they have instruction repair manuals for most popular cars.
Let's not leave out the air fresheners. they have a large selection of those. here. If you haven't noticed yet, they pretty much have everything you need for your car here. Light bulbs? check. new engines? check. Snacks for the road? check.
Oh, and this is a good place to pick up windshield wipers as they have a computer that you punch in your car info and it'll spit out the wiper blades you need.
PROS: Everything for your auto can be found here.
Now I have been to many a Pho noodle shops. And Pho Thanh Long is the best place for Pho noodles. Their broth, I feel, is better than any other Pho place. The broth is rich, but not overly seasoned. It's always hot and the noodles are just right.
The staff there is friendly and will probably remember what you like to order if you've been there a few times. I'd get the Pho here and if you like that then try something else the next time. Cause after you have the Pho here, there will be a next time. Believe it.
Pho Thanh Long is located on the corner of El Camino Real and San Thomas Expressway. It's easy to find. And it is located in a small plaza.
PROS: Best Pho Noodle place in the Bay Area period.
So you've probably never heard of this place. It's situated right off of 280 and Saratoga Avenue. It's in a small plaza and you'd probably pass it buy if you were not loking for it.
The ramen broth used here is very rich and flavorful. It's not your usual flat tasting, non-oil, water-downed ramen broth. There is usually not a wait at this place since it seems to be an undiscovered gem by many. Maybe after this review, there will be waits outside the door.
The place is not very big, but the service is excellent. Halu is a style of Ramen that I have not had anywhere else. you can read about Halu Ramen when you take a look at their menu there. If you love ramen, you should give this place a try.
PROS: Best Ramen in Bay Area period.
OSH, as it is known my many people is not as big or corporate as Home Depot, but it is still a great store, if not alternative to Home Depot. The staff here is friendly and they seem to know their stuff. The prices are good and the aisles are not stacked up high waiting for an accident to happen like in most home depot stores. Overall OSH stores tend to have more of a country like hardware atmosphere.
Just so you know, they also sell snacks here in case you have the munchies while shopping for paint, lumber, tools, etc. They usually have sales at OSH by way of flyer advertisements that come in the mail or are in the newspapers.
PROS: safe aisles and good selection.
This is a very unique establishment. There are a few locations through out the Bay Area. I like the Berkeley location the best. You can pretty much find any type of music at this Amoeba store. There is a huge selection of used records/cd/tapes too. And you can sell your used music here.
Next time you are in Berkeley, stroll down Telegraph Ave. and check this place out. Trust me, you will find your music here. There are hard to find artists, world music, old music, new music, and one hit wonder artists too. It's not your average (inserts chain-like music store here). The staff is knowlegable and they always have music playing over the loudspeaker for your enjoyment.
PROS: If you want music, look for it here.
This is a huge mall, there is not doubt about it. I'd say there are close to 100 stores here. And Dave and Busters is here. Also there is a movie theater here. If you are into malls and like to walk, then this mall is for you. When you go to this mall, you basically end up walking around in a gigantic circle. Even if you don't like shopping, this is a good place to get exercise as you will lose track of where you started walking and will just keep on walking for a long long time.
This mall can get crowded because it has so many stores. The food court is not that great, but you go there for the shopping and maybe the exercise, not the food.
PROS: Huge mall, can get your exercise here while you shop.