1. T-Rex Barbecue

6.9
1300 10th St (at Gilman St), Berkeley, CA
BBQ Joint · 55 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: Smoked meats brings out a weird crowd. Food is pretty good though... Smoked beef brisket. Try the bottled sauce at the table (the one with no label)—very good.

2. South American Secrets

5 E Napa St (Broadway), Sonoma, CA
Gift Shop · 3 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: Great gift ideas. High quality fabrics and jewelry at good prices.

3. Rasputin Music

8.2
2401 Telegraph Ave (at Channing Way), Berkeley, CA
Record Shop · Southside · 23 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: Best Indy and DVD selection in Berkeley. Amoeba is good here, too, but Rasputin is better organized.

4. House Of Culinary Delights

Rodeo, CA
Mexican Restaurant · 4 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: Heartfelt fun times.

5. House Of Nerds, Geeks, and Queers

3001 Ellis St (Ashby Avenue), Berkeley, CA
Nightclub · Lorin District · 1 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: At first I was afraid, I was petrified...

6. The Mixing Bowl

7.3
4920 Telegraph Ave (btwn 49th & 51st), Oakland, CA
Café · Temescal · 18 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: Bacon fried rice for breakfast: very good! (before 2 p.m. for b'fast though).

7. Stella Nonna

7.8
1407 San Pablo Ave (btwn Cedar and Gilman St), Berkeley, CA
Italian Restaurant · Westbrae · 17 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: Minnesota fried chicken, pork chop, apricot/peach galette... This place really puts some great meals together!

8. Tokyo Fish Market

8.4
1220 San Pablo Ave (btwn Gilman St & Harrison St), Albany, CA
Fish Market · 20 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: This place has the best fresh fish selection, especially for sushi, grilling, and ceviche. Been coming here for years! Also some great ingredients and supplies for Japanese cooking.

Eureka! is one of José’s Tips.

9. Eureka!

8.5
2068 Center St, Berkeley, CA
Gastropub · Downtown Berkeley · 47 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: The burger choices are all top-notch. Highly recommend the rotating beers... Have yet to try their rye whiskey selection, but look forward to it. Casual place with multiple monitors to check out games

10. The Bone Room

7.5
1573 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA
Gift Shop · Thousand Oaks · 5 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: Amazing bones! Fossils and other cool stuff!

11. Sonoma Mountain Cemetery

First Street West, Sonoma, CA
Cemetery · 3 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: General Vallejo and his family are buried here. Climb up the winding paths and see a bit of Sonoma and California history. Many graves in decayed state, fascinating.

12. The Quarry Pit

California
Volcano · 1 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: A fascinating slice of Bay Area geologic history. There is a labyrinth here, nicer than the more well-known than the one north of here. Views of the Bay to the west and Mt. Diablo to the east.

13. The Mixing Bowl

7.3
4920 Telegraph Ave (btwn 49th & 51st), Oakland, CA
Café · Temescal · 18 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: Chilaquiles in the morning with black beans are great...

14. The Hof-Brau Sign

Oakland, CA
Historic Site · Central Oakland · 3 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: Throwback to the days when this space was the Hof-Brau, an Oakland institution.

15. Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve

9.1
6800 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA
Park · 12 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: Pick up a map and follow to marker no. 2 for a view of the remains of the crater of the volcano that once reigned lava here... also nice view of Mt. Diablo from that spot.

16. Endodontic Care Center

3017 Telegraph Ave (Ashby), Berkeley, CA
Dentist's Office · Claremont Elmwood · 1 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: Relieved! Tricky root canal completed. I recommend Dr. James Ho.

17. Sol Y Luna Taqueria

7.6
1926 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
Mexican Restaurant · Downtown Berkeley · 14 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: The owner of the restaurant that was here before (Chick o' Pea) changed the concept to fresh Mexican, and it works. Same commitment to excellent ingredients, good cooking, and value. Get the Huarache.

18. Ippuku

9.1
2130 Center St (btw Oxford & Shattuck), Berkeley, CA
Japanese Restaurant · Downtown Berkeley · 89 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: Robata grill, not robot grill! :) (damn spellchecker!)

19. 21st Amendment Brewery & Restaurant

9.1
563 2nd St (at De Boom St), San Francisco, CA
Brewery · South Beach · 342 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: Don't come here for the food as much as for the brews...

Albany Taproom is one of José’s Tips.

20. Albany Taproom

7.5
745 San Pablo Ave (at Washington Ave.), Albany, CA
Bar · 15 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: Impeccable brew list. Amazing burgers. What more?

21. Plearn Thai Restaurant

6.4
1923 University Ave (Martin Luther King Jr way), Berkeley, CA
Thai Restaurant · Downtown Berkeley · 7 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: Best chicken gai young in Berkeley! Lunchtime combo is great.

22. Wildcat Canyon Enchanted Tree

Nimitz Way, El Sobrante, CA
Other Great Outdoors · 1 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: The proud tree has fallen, after a recent storm.

23. Peace Grove Look-Out

Tilden Park (Wild Cat Peak), Richmond, CA
Scenic Lookout · 3 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: A rewarding view of the SF Bay to the west, Mount Diablo to the east, and a great hike in Tilden Park. Best late in the day or early morning.

Wildcat Peak Trail is one of José’s Tips.

24. Wildcat Peak Trail

Tilden Nature Area, California
Trail · 1 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: Take in the 360-degree view of Mt. Diablo to the east and SF Bay and Mt. Tamalpais to the west from here, at the junction with the Conlon trail.

25. Paris Baguette

6.8
2150 Shattuck Avenue (Center), Berkeley, CA
Bakery · Downtown Berkeley · 22 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: Coffee here is now updated to Ritual. No complaints here!

26. T-Rex Barbecue

6.9
1300 10th St (at Gilman St), Berkeley, CA
BBQ Joint · 55 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: Love the smoked brisket sandwich, BLT, and buttermilk-fried chicken... great for beers and sports on TV

Jupiter is one of José’s Tips.

27. Jupiter

9.2
2181 Shattuck Ave (at Allston Way), Berkeley, CA
Brewery · Downtown Berkeley · 174 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: A downtown Berkeley fixture since the 1990s. While their house beers are good, try the guest beers or "beers of interest" – and be rewarded.

28. PIQ Berkeley

7.7
91 Shattuck Sq (at Addison), Berkeley, CA
Bakery · Downtown Berkeley · 47 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: The wine and beer are flowing now at this popular café/true-Italian style pizza/panini joint.

29. Della Fattoria Café

8.5
141 Petaluma Blvd N (Putnam Plaza), Petaluma, CA
Café · 38 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: The flavors here are always so astounding: fresh, bread!, many influences, and leaving you with the feeling of being happy to be alive. Easily one of my top three places to eat in the SF Bay Area.

30. Paris Baguette

6.8
2150 Shattuck Avenue (Center), Berkeley, CA
Bakery · Downtown Berkeley · 22 tips and reviews

José R.José Rodríguez: Cronuts, Sightglass brewed coffee, guava turnovers..... what else??