A Cote isn't necessarily a secret: It's been known as one of the best restaurants in the Bay Area for years,collecting accolades from Bon Appentit, Esquire, and The New York Times for its exquisite small plates. If the danger of visiting tapas restaurants is that your bill fills up long before your stomach, the secret is to visit A Cote for late drinks and order a couple of iteams a la carte, like the famous mussels or the pommes frites.
For great coffee a short walk from the MacArthur BART station, Cafe Dejena fits the bill. Prices are reasonable, there’s free wireless, and the decor is bright and welcoming. The menu is a mix of Eritrean, Italian, and standard American food.
Dinner: Mon.-Thu. 5:30-9 p.m.; Fri. 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Sat. 5-9:30 p.m.; Sun. 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Lunch: Tue.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.