Although the overall number of restaurants in Hayward is respectable by the standards of most cities in the United States, the choices are disappointing compared to
that in nearby gourmet powerhouses Berkeley and Oakland. The advantages here: plentiful parking, lower prices, shorter waits. However, most of the Mexican restaurants, especially the taquerias, are excellent inexpensive places to chow down on authentic, if nongourmet, traditional dishes. If you choose to find a place to eat in Hayward, the city center is normally the best place to go, though many eateries can be found all around Hayward. You can also find food on Mission, Jackson, and Foothill Blvds.
*'''Val's Burgers''' 2115 Kelly Street. For 1950's style burgers, shakes and fries. World-renowned and visited by many celebrities.