California

Restaurants in California

At Duende, chef Paul Canales channels his Basque heritage into pintxos and paellas in a whimsical setting (colorful murals; fence posts as floorboards). BART stop: 19th Street/Uptown Oakland

Santa Barbara's latest arrival is a casual breakfast-and-lunch spot whose home-style sandwiches are inspired by Ugandan street food. For breakfast, try the scrambled eggs, bacon, and smoked tomato on house-made flatbread.

The décor may be outdated, but one of the area’s best restaurants serves satisfying Italian classics such as eggplant parmigiana and Sicilian chicken.

This throwback ice cream shop and soda fountain offers both original Prohibition-era recipes and upgrades with old ingredients.

The French- and Mediterranean-kissed American fare at neighborhood fine-dining gem Josie is some of the most highly regarded on the Westside.

San Francisco’s hottest pizza joint has expanded with A16 Rockridge, which turns out chewy pies from a hand-built oven. We love the Montanara Rockridge—lightly fried dough, smoked tomato sauce, burrata, and basil. BART stop: Rockridge

A series of shipping containers offering Ritual Roasters’ coffee, Smitten ice cream, Avedano’s meat, and Suppenküche’s beer have turned this once desolate parking lot into a delightful place for people.

Bun Mee’s fusion Vietnamese sandwiches are light enough for lunch but filling enough for dinner. Don’t miss the Belly Bun, piled high with its braised kurobuta pork belly, salted radish relish, pickled carrot and daikon, and jalapeños.