With its heavily Californian bill of fare, repurposed décor and Berkeley clientele, Gather is a must for hordes of wholesome foodies of all ages. The aptly named hit serves busy professors during the bustling lunch hour before welcoming a more relaxed evening crowd, who come to sip at the bar and sup en plein air on the patio. Pescatarians will delight in thick-cut toast spread with albacore tuna rillettes and topped with pan-fried broccoli di cicco, pickled radishes and potatoes, while vegetarians will find it hard to resist a hefty portion of arugula salad tossed with goat cheese, almonds, pomegranate and balsamic dressing. Be sure to try some dessert-specifically the luscious lime curd tart and its thick dollop of meringue. You won't be sorry.
- MICHELIN guide inspectors