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The Best Under-the-Radar Places to Eat in Downtown Berkeley

Discerning picks from a local resident. 

Grilled food at Ippuku

Grilled food at Ippuku 


The expert: Joel Lamica, chef of Tigerlily

The picks:

“I love Japanese food, and I like the simplicity and design of this place. Between the yakitori, skewers, and being able to taste numerous dishes, it’s a fun way to eat.” 2130 Center St. (at Shattuck Ave.), 510-665-1969

Mission: Heirloom
“It’s a new paleo restaurant, and they do this Bulletproof-style coffee—the coffee with butter and oil in it—that’s really good. All of the food is tasty, too, and good for you.” 2085 Vine St. (at Shattuck Ave.), 510-900-1307

Local Butcher Shop
“It’s easily the best butcher shop in Berkeley. They sell all kinds of cool dry goods, like Rancho Gordo vaquero and cranberry beans.” 1600 Shattuck Ave. (at Cedar St.), 510-845-6328

East Bay Spice Company
“Really innovative drinks. They don’t even ask me what I want when I walk in—I get the Royal Charter, which is bourbon, cocchi americano, Becherovka, and coconut chai syrup.” 2134 Oxford St. (at Oxford Ln.), 510-845-4427


Originally published in the July issue of San Francisco

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