Today's SF Chronicle Food Page reviews an Afghan cafe in the Emery Bay Public Market food court. Bargain Bite: Pamir Afghan Cuisine.
The food court itself is a wonder - no chain fast food at all, but every ethnic food you can imagine, including a German hofbrau with roasted meats, as well as Asian, Middle Eastern and South American foods. During the 90s all the high tech guys ate lunch there, including my fiance, later husband.
Check out the Google map showing the direct bus from my neighborhood to the Public Market. We usually drive to Emeryville but the bus gets you there, too!
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If you were so lucky as to land a job at Pixar Studios, you could also ride the 57 bus to work.
Emeryville is a former steel and manufacturing town, controlled by a small cadre of corporations; it decided to remake itself in the 70s, brought in artists to colonize the empty warehouses and put up sculptures; the town then expanded into high tech, "big box" stores, bio-tech and now Pixar. The artists were like the cover crop, providing early hipster nutrients to the former factories and working-class homes.
People sneer at Emeryville for being too development and business-oriented, but we all end up shopping there: Ikea, Williams-Sonoma, discount carpet stores, Home Depot. I bought my first wig at Beauty Pie on San Pablo...Emeryville has also built vast numbers of "loft" condos and apartments, turning gritty stretches of boulevard into yuppie havens. They haven't filled all their office space or sold all their residential real estate, but they have created a new world out of a funky, post-industrial mess. It's not perfect but it's prosperous and somewhat interesting. Arizmendi, the workers' bakery co-operative and offshoot of Berkeley's Cheese Board, has a branch right behind Pixar. Yummy bread and pizza, fresh coffee, and of course wi-fi. You can't open a barber shop in Emeryville without providing wi-fi.