I've been on a desperate search to an alternative to Yelp and amateur reviews. Then I came across Oakland Magazine's Best of Oakland and East Bay.
Here are my favorites from their selections.
All tagged Berkeley
Burmese cuisine is like eating the best parts of Chinese, Thai, and Indian cuisine- how can you refuse?
San Francisco's Purple Kow has been recommended to me time and time again. Purple Kow's gimmick is having weird souplike boba cups and outrageous portion sizes.
I was skeptical because I prefer quality over excessive quantity when it comes to boba. I was pleasantly surprised.
Usually when someone mentions soul food, it generally refers to grits, chicken & waffles, and heavy carb foods with gravies. My definition of soul food is something hearty, filling, and flavorful. Imagine noodles stir fried in a unique sauce that you can neither classify as Indian or Chinese.
Off Solano Ave, Berkeley's "Nomad Tibetan Restaurant" is my definition of soul food. The first time I went here, I was concerned because there were very few reviews on Yelp (this was back when I trusted Yelp). I ate all the things.