Here organic, sustainable, and all things Berkeley reside harmoniously beneath one tasty roof. This vibrant, well-lit eatery boasts funky lighting fixtures, a variety of shiny wood furnishings, and banquettes made of recycled leather belts. Everything feels contemporary and local, especially the food. The vegan "charcuterie," made of root vegetables, put the restaurant on the national map; the stinging nettles pizza is refreshing, and the grilled chicken is oh so juicy.
This is a haven for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free eaters, but there's plenty for meat eaters to choose from, too. Desserts don't get much better than the chocolate semifreddo with Zinfandel-braised Mission figs and pine nuts.