|Revival's special bourbon/wine cocktail|
It's always fun to spend a few days in the Bay Area, where I usually stay with my sister in Berkeley. She's a great sport about taking me around to the hot newer places. Here's what we tried:
Revival Bar and Kitchen is a retro-themed farm-to-table restaurant and cocktail bar on Shattuck in downtown Berkeley. While that area's not usually where the best food is found, the situation seems to be improving with several new places just steps away from the Bart station. The cocktails were a bit hit and miss, but I enjoyed my special concoction of bourbon, egg white and red wine reduction.
|Ironing boards provide narrow lunching spots at Bakesale Betty|
Bakesale Betty is a bakery/sandwich shop with two Oakland locations that makes an astoundingly crispy, spicy, crunchy, greasy, filling fried chicken sandwich with jalapeno slaw. We both went home and passed out for an hour after managing to finish off one each.
|Bakesale Betty's fried chicken sandwich is an awesome beast|
Open only for lunch or breakfast and lunch depending on the location, Bakesale Betty does only a few things exceedingly well, even if you do have to eat on the sidewalk on festively painted ironing boards.
|Shochu on draft at Ippuku|
|Bacon-wrapped mochi proves that just about anything can, and should, be wrapped in bacon|
|sesame soft serve with red bean paste and tempura crunchies|
There's 50 kinds of shochu, including a dynamite soba one, and barley varieties that taste like watered-down scotch. For dessert, try Straus creamery soft-serve ice cream in sesame flavor with bean paste, or matcha affogato.
|Philz coffee brews each cup in a filter basket|
From ultra-customized coffee to sustainable izakaya, there's always something new in the Bay Area, and Berkeley as always merits an eating tour of its own.