SF Bay Area Guide







I was doing some spring cleaning on my many hundreds of bookmarks in Google Maps, removing less interesting pins from places that I’m unlikely to live in again (ie California). Irrational as it is, I was sad to see the closure of old haunts. Spasso Cafe and Octopus Literary Salon – nodes of futurist discussions in the East Bay – shut down. Mission Heirloom, a paleo/keto place that did Bulletproof Coffee, gone. Mandarin Garden (second best Chinese Berkeley restaurant after Great China) – gone. Biriyani House. Thalassa, where you could play pool with cheap booze (though tbf I think it closed down shortly before I left anyway). And of course a whole bunch of cafes. Still, a good majority of the best places survive.