In the 1990s, married partners Barbara Mulas and Mark Drazek defined the sophisticated neighborhood eatery at Berkeleys ZAX Tavern, whose fans sank into deep depression when the place closed in 2007. Many of the menus faves have turned up at Sidebar, the duos mod California brasserie at the edge of Grand Lake. With its chill vibe, bar menu designed by Johnny Raglin of SFs Absinthe, and prices calibrated to the new Depression, Sidebar succeeds at defining the neighborhood restaurant for the post-Millennium. Not every dish works, but the kitchen has a talent for deeply satisfying comfort foods like gooey panini and crab-spiked deviled eggs.
Hours: Mon-Thu. 11:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; Fri. 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sat. 4 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun. closed
Payment Type: All Major Credit Cards, cash, ATM/Debit
ParkingChoice: Meters, Street