Gourmet Ghetto The iconic Alice Waters opened Chez Panisse in 1971, and has been queen of California cuisine ever since. This is the birthplace of the slow food movement -- the sustainable, local, organic bounty that defines your Saturday morning farmers market ritual. Get wise to the reservation policy
if you’d like to one day revel in the tasting menu here. If you’re footing the bill, eat upstairs at the Cafe (but don’t think it means you can skip the reservation).
Gourmet Ghetto Vegetable-laden rice bowls, beautiful tempura sushi rolls, and a delightful Kinoko Miso (mushroom-packed) soup are just a handful of the vegan-friendly treats on offer here. The interior is no-frills, but you’ll be too focused on your plate to even notice. Protip: It’s generally packed around lunch and dinner, and since there are no reservations, you’ll want to avoid primetime to dodge the line. Oh, and make sure to hit the ATM beforehand -- no cash, no soba salad for you.