As a graduate student at Cal, I don't have that much spare cash to go around. So, the Public Market is perfect for good food at low cost. The food court has an excellent variety of cuisines to choose from: French (crepes), Chinese, East Indian, Italian, American, Afghanastani, and so on. There is a movie theater, pool hall, and Borders w/in the same complex, so its a great place to go w/ friends.
Pros: inexpensive, great value, excellent variety