Any cool places to eat in Walnut Creek?
I will be in Walnut Creek on Sunday and would appreciate any suggestions re: a cool place to have lunch.
Any tips re: exceptional pastry or dessert places would also be welcomed.
I am not familiar with the area, so complete addresses, cross streets, landmarks, etc. would be very helpful.
Il Fornaio, downtown, right opposite Nordstrom's, has a great lunch, and should be able to satisfy your sweet tooth also. For other dessert/pastry choices, walk a block or two down North Main (going North), and there's a pastry shop (almost a little hidden away), on the right hand side... looked good! Further down the street, on the same side, you have Prima's, a restaurant with great food and excellent wines. All these restaurants are fairly pricey though... one block east is Salvatore's, a great Italian restaurant with more reasonable prices.
I'd recommend Swarna (1690 Locust, on the north end of the downtown shopping district) for great Indian food.
They have a lunch buffet that has a really good selection (about twelve dishes? plus dal, chutneys, two kinds of rice).
But I go there mostly for the South Indian food. The rasam is great, as are the dosas (I prefer the andras masala dosa).
There's good dessert about a block south of there -- not sure of the name of the place, though. If you leave Swarna and go to the east, you hit some major street. Go south on it for about a block or two; it's on the right side of the street (west), kind of set back... with a large patio...
re: susan blair
I agree, Susan, Montecatini is great for traditional family style Italian. The Afghan restaurant is one of my favorites: Roya (owner's daughter's name)on North Main and Bonanza. My favorites: lamb, veal, pumpkin, spinach. Restaurant is tiny; kitchen a postage stamp; service good. Believe owner was cook at a great Afghan restaurant in a strip mall in San Carlos (can't remember the name!) We also like Amalfi for more upscale Italian.