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Marc 49: A User’s Guide Wine Bar | Seasonal, Farm-Fresh Cuisine | Sophisticated Cocktails | Sunday Brunch | Heated Patio Sample Menu Appetizer: bacon deviled eggs with herbed crumbs and cornichons Entree: lamb moussaka with a parmesan-potato crust Cocktail: the French Imperialist with Hendrick's gin, Lillet Blanc, grapefruit-rose liqueur, hibiscus syrup, and rose water Where to Sit: The back patio is popular thanks to ample heaters that help keep the space cozy. The decor is nothing to scoff at either, with modern wood tables and chairs echoing the wood-paneled walls, some of which are decorated with colorful murals. When to Go: Try Marc 49 during happy hour (weekdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close) for discounted sangria, wine, cocktails, beer, and upscale bar bites. Inside Tips Come thirsty for Sunday brunch (11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.), which features bacon-garnished bloody marys and bottomless mimosas. Oysters are a buck apiece every Wednesday and Sunday. Vocab Lesson Moussaka: a Greek casserole that’s typically layered with lamb and eggplant and topped with béchamel sauce. While You’re in the Neighborhood: Pick up an all-natural remedy for a common cold or a severe case of mortality at Homestead Apothecary (486 49th Street), a boutique herb shop specializing in tinctures, teas, and essential oils.
4915 Telegraph Ave
Oakland,
CA
US
Enjoy delicious Italian food and romantic mood lighting at Bellanico. None of the fare at Bellanico is low-fat, so you'll have to put the diet aside for a visit here. A fine selection of wines to complement any dish is also on hand. Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at Bellanico. Sit outside at Bellanico and soak up the sun on those nice summer days. Weeknights are busy for Bellanico, so call ahead and make a reservation if you can. No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Bellanico is ultra casual. For those in a hurry, the bar lets you take your meal or snack to go. Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Bellanico also offers catering. Street parking is easy to find near the bar. Or, if you don't want to circle the block, valet parking is also available. It will typically cost you about $30 to enjoy a meal at Bellanico. The bar serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
4238 Park Blvd
Oakland,
CA
US
Boasting a bacchanal of wallet-friendly selections from local and international wineries (most bottles are under $25), Vintage Berkeley promotes an atmosphere of grape-loving camaraderie. Pick up a limited-edition bottle of 2007 Tayerle pinot noir ($15), culled from old-vine fruit in the Rio San Lucas vineyard in California, or a vivacious and slightly fizzy 2009 Muralhas vinho verde ($15) from Monco, Portugal. To lubricate a languid backyard barbecue or a daunting brick of cafeteria meatloaf, pick up a bottle of 2007 Chateau l’Estagnol ($10) from the Rhone Valley—with solid tannins and rich notes of blackberry and cherry, it has a meaty finish to tame even the heartiest of rib eyes. Celebrate an end-of-summer LAN party with a bottle of 2009 Preston sauvignon blanc from Dry Creek Valley in California, made from organic grapes and featuring flavors of lime, chive, and fig ($16).
1580 Solano Ave
Berkeley,
CA
US
Ottimista Enoteca'cafe is the perfect place to grab a low-key breakfast. The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit. Anyone can unwind in the bar bar, where televisions cater to the sports enthusiast and fine wines beckon the grape fanatic. Tots and tykes will be right at home at Ottimista Enoteca'cafe with its kid-approved food and ambience. Sized just right for big groups, the private room at Ottimista Enoteca'cafe would be an ideal pick for your next birthday party or family gathering. Complimentary wifi is available as well. During the summer months, don't miss out on Ottimista Enoteca'cafe's outdoor patio seating. Crowds tend to pack the place on weekends, so call ahead to reserve a table. Ottimista Enoteca'cafe's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level. Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead. Catering is also available if you'd like serve Ottimista Enoteca'cafe's tasty dishes at your next party. Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Ottimista Enoteca'cafe. Your tab at Ottimista Enoteca'cafe will generally run you about $30 per person. All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the bar, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
1838 Union St
San Francisco,
CA
US
Noeteca‘s owners spent their lives looking forward to running their own restaurant, so it’s no surprise that the French-inspired tapas spot feels comfortable in its own skin from early morning meals until late into the night. During the day, Noeteca seems like a cafe, where patrons sip on international coffees from local roasters brewed by the cup or for personal-sized French presses. At brunch menu, familiar dishes share space with ambitious French-inspired offerings—the croque monsieur becomes a croque Napoleon with slices of bread pudding layered with black forest ham and emmantaler. When the weather is nice, guests can wander out to a patio colored by a flower and herb garden to learn the sun’s secret handshake. As evening falls, candlelight fills the dining room and guests switch their focus to wine. The award-winning list includes more than 30 varieties, each available by the glass or half-glass. For dinner, patrons can build their own cheese plates or share a tarte flambèe, Alsatian flatbreads the San Francisco Bay Guardian said have “a lovely thin, blistered crust that was a bit softer and more luxurious than a typical pizza crust”.
1551 Dolores St
San Francisco,
CA
US
Food Inc. Trattoria seeks its inspiration from near and far. Beginning with as many locally sourced ingredients as possible, the eatery's chefs prepare seasonally rotating selections of pan-Mediterranean bistro cuisine. Menu Buzzwords Organic: A toasted baguette cradles organic mixed greens, spicy lamb sausage, and roasted-pepper aioli. Seasonal: Whenever they are available, fresh figs appear in a salad of mixed greens with sweet Italian gorgonzola and walnuts. Vegan: Creamy hummus and avocado, crisp cucumbers, asparagus, and tomato are sandwiched between slices of seeded whole-wheat bread, creating a vegan-friendly dish. Homemade: Chefs hand make each piece of ricotta gnocchi before cooking the dumplings and adding prosciutto, peas, and cream sauce. The Wine Cellar Rather than stick with just the basics, Food Inc. Trattoria's wine buyer hopes to introduce diners to lesser known varietals and winemaking regions. Greek moschofilero, French picpoul de pinet, and a ros? of Californian carignan represent a few choices from the everchanging list. The staff eagerly recommends bottles to share with a group of friends or newly discovered spirit animals.
2800 California St
San Francisco,
CA
US
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