This takes the idea of meat on a stick to a whole new level. You go in, pick the meat (or tofu), pick the style, and the starch that it will be served on. There's a selection of beef, lamb, chicken, shrimp, tofu, and vegetables, which can be grilled with a variety of sauces and spices (including barbecue, teriyaki, and Thai). These kebabs will then be served over garlic mashed potatoes, couscous, rice, etc. Just about everything I've had is quite good.
They also make perfect root-beer floats.
This is probably the oldest gay and lesbian bar in the East Bay, and it's definitely the best. Relaxed, working-class atmosphere, pool tables, and gay men and lesbians inhabiting the same space. It's mellow and low-pressure, unlike the pretty-boy bars of San Francisco. There are at least a few people of all colors around, and the regulars are friendly without being creepy.
The Crepevine has a full menu of crepes, though you won't find any of the truly traditional ones here. Instead, there's one with feta and olives, one with curry, one with seared tuna...you get the idea. I recommend the "Bombay," myself. As far as the sweet crepes go, your enjoyment will be directly related to how much you like Nutella.
The iced drinks and juices are good here too.
Wow. I have never purchased a drink with more alcohol in it than the gin martini that I had from here. Somehow it was still flavorful, too--I wish I understood how that worked. Unfortunately, the combination of taste and potency means that an after-dinner session at Martuni's may easily lead to an embarrassing night! Reasonably priced with a slightly darkened atmosphere.
Anytime you feel the need for diner food, head over to the Claremont in Oakland. It's tiny, and it doesn't accept credit cards, but it does have an electric train running above the dining room and thick burgers. Because this is, after all, in Northern California, there are avocados everywhere, and even the house salads come with baby greens and kidney beans. Very good.
That's what this is. Several kinds of decent beer flow freely from its taps, and there are popcorn baskets for the tables and board games for your amusement. The clientele is made up of mostly graduate students and young professionals. It makes a great place to relax with your friends after a frustrating day of teaching, or to celebrate the completion of that giant paper. Not incredibly cruisy, although I suppose it would work for meeting people.
Wax museums creep me out. All of them. Which is why I can never resist going to one when it presents itself. What do you know, there's one right here at FIsherman's Wharf. The Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf has an entirely random collection of people meticulously recreated in wax. Admission prices are relatively high, so if this is not your idea of a good time (or a morbid fascination), you'll be perfectly fine with passing this one up.
If, however, you enjoy the wax museum idea, make sure to check out the Chamber of Horrors.
This restaurant is located in a heavily Ethiopian/Eritrean neighborhood rife with coffeeshops and Ethiopian restaurants. This one is pretty much the best of the bunch. The food is delicious, the prices are decent, and the Tig is about halfway between sweet and dry. Service is prompt, too, and there are plenty of selections for everyone in your party, including vegetarians and people who don't eat red meat. If you do eat red meat and are brave, however, try the kitfo. It's good. If you're not strong enough of heart to eat ground raw beef, I'd recommend the Doro Tibs (lamb with berebere). Spicing is on the mild side, but it's certainly not bland.
The Emeryville Trader Joe's is a perfectly decent example of the chain, although I must admit that I am used to a bit more selection in the alcohol department. I didn't find parking as much of a nightmare as the last reviewer, although that might be because I usually go there after getting into the giant Emeryville complex from the highway. There are, of course, far more intriguing examples of natural foods in the Bay Area, but one can't beat this for convenience.
Unlike the Santa Monica video rental store with the homophonic name, this Videots does not have absolutely everything under the sun. Its collection is relatively small, but surprisingly varied, with more than its share of unusual titles. The staff is knowledgeable, informative and dedicated.