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Hey Hounds. I am staying in this city through the 4th of October. Restaurant suggestions in the area?

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  1. My brother and his wife really like Postino. Uncle Yu's Szechwan is good (particularly the walnut prawns) and for breakfast you might want to try the Cafe Barbara. Am reading good things about a new Chinese restaurant called Yans, but cannot vouch for it yet.

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      jenniferfishwilson

      I live in Lafayette. My best advice for good eats is fuhgeddabowt Lafayette. You're very close to Oakland and Berkeley and even SF. Don't limit yourself to Lafayette. I will second Postino's recommendation(one of our chowhound regulars works there!) Uncle Yu's is very popular--I have no idea why--guess I'll have to try the walnut prawns. Kaffee Barbara's is ok--charming setting(only open Mon-Sat for lunch and breakfast). I'll add La Finestra for decent Italian dinner, Johnny's Doughnuts for great doughnuts if you get there early in the day and Blue Gingko for good Japanese. Otherwise--get out of town.

      1. re: jenniferfishwilson

        I realize Lafayette is not a food destination. Was just responding to a question about what was available there. We also do most of our eating in Berkeley and Oakland for all the reasons there are. However, since we are on the subject of Central Contra Costa - I have to say another YUM YUM on behalf of the Casa Orinda!

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          jenniferfishwilson

          Thank you, Susan! I've been raving about Casa Orinda for awhile. I've never had anything but the fried chicken and Manhattans. What do you recommend? Think we should organize a Chowhound dinner there?

          1. re: jenniferfishwilson

            Yes, the bar at the Casa Orinda is a special place. I can imagine they make a mean manhattan. Once I discovered the chicken cutlet with mashed potatoes I stopped ordering anything else. Have distant memories of a tasty cannelloni and my husband vouches for the prime rib. We are not going out for a while due to a strict diet. Husband is trying to lose 50 lbs.

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              jenniferfwilson

              I'm still not sure how but I ate at Casa Orinda last week and stayed on Weight Watchers--had a green salad with 1 fried chicken wing and green beans from my son's plate. (BTW the best WW instructor in the country is in Concord and Pleasanton if your husband is interested--SF Chronicle did a 3 page spread on her in August.) Wish your husband luck for me--it's awful being a dieting Chowhounder. I dream of the days I didn't weigh enough to donate blood.

              1. re: jenniferfwilson

                He is on the Medifast diet and is under a doctor's care while on it. Thanks for the tips on WW though. He hopes to be down to his ideal weight right about Thanksgiving - Good planning, I say. What's the scoop on and location of Finestra?

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                  Jenniferfwilson

                  La Finestra: 100 Lafayette Circle (off Mt. Diablo); Suite 101; 925-284-5282. Great neighborhood restaurant. Nice out of the way odd setting: in a small office complex surrounded by huge redwoods. I worry about their future bec I've never seen the restaurant full. Eat inside or out. Owner from Sicily. Decent food. Great service. Good wine list--mainly Italian. Definitely worth a try.

    2. If you like BBQ - there is a pretty good place called Bo's BBQ 3422 Mt. Diablo @ Brown Ave. (925) 283-7133
      Very tasty ribs and sausage. Have heard the brisket is tops. They use Niman and Fulton Valley meats (hormone free). Friendly atmosphere. Wine by the glass. Vintage blues & R&B play in the background.