15 Ways to Celebrate the Bay's Best Season

Published On 09/16/2016 Published On 09/16/2016
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1. El Techo de Lolinda 2518 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

El Techo, the more casual version of the downstairs Argentinean steakhouse Lolinda, serves Latin American street food and pitchers of margaritas. You’re gonna want to get the chicharrones de carne, which come in half pound, one pound, or one and a half pound orders (in other words, you'll need to come with friends). These aren’t your basic sidewalk cracklin's -- these are massive fried chunks of roasted pork shoulder that you’ll devour with housemade tortillas, lime, salsa, and escabeche meant to be enjoyed alongside one of the best rooftop views San Francisco has to offer.

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2. The Lake Chalet 1520 Lakeside Dr, Oakland, CA 94612

Transforming Lake Merritt's formerly dilapidated municipal building, this waterfront, 425-seat seafood behemoth offers oysters, calamari, and other oceanic bites, with a stunning view of the lake. Depending on mood and weather, diners can choose between a fireplace setting inside the grand, white tableclothed dining room, or a dock patio open year-round, located just a few breezy steps from the water. And while fish is the central eat here, more accessible entrees like burgers, chicken sandwiches, and soups are also offered.

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3. Ici Ice Cream 2948 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

The line to this buzzy College Ave shop is often out the door -- partly because it's so tiny, but mostly because it's worth any wait for Ici's fresh, organic scoops of ice cream, sorbet, and sherbet in creative, daily-changing flavors that have included tangerine creamsicle and spicy Mexican chocolate-salted almond. Even the cones here are made in-house every day from organic ingredients and, better yet, have a chocolate-filled tip. No matter what flavor you choose, do not skip out on the heavenly homemade fudge sauce.