UC Berkeley Campus Center, next to Moffitt Library, 510-642-3773
The Ruby Room
132 14th St., Oakland, 510-444-7224
Are you looking for that perfect, brooding, emotionally unavailable intellectual? Search no further than the revered FSM, where, from morning 'til evening, unattached doctoral, law, and engineering students absently lick cappuccino foam from their lips, the bluish-white glow from computer screens highlighting their library-paled complexions. You just might meet the nerd of your dreams over free-trade coffee and locally sourced sandwiches and salads here — and for cheap; a nice meal will run you less than $10. The food is a celebration of Berkeley ideals from properly paid farm workers to pesticide-free tomatoes. And no need to fear wasting your time with a McCain supporter — only liberals dare step inside this historic monument to leftward thinking. Note: the hours match those of the attached Moffitt Library (generally 8-6), so you might be out of luck during school holidays. Wireless access will require either a friendly Cal student to type in a password for you or getting guest access for the day.