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Jan 11, 2007 05:48 AM

Any recs in Pittsburg?

I'm going to be working at Los Medanos and am in need of some good/decent eats. So far all I have seen around there is chain fast food which I am trying to avoid. Anything chow worthy within say, a 5-10 minute drive? Thanks.

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  1. Wow, I used to live out there, and chains are about it, unfortunately. Seriously, I can't think of one non-chain restaurant that was memorable. I recall a couple of mom-and-pop Mexican restos (like I said, nothing memorable, so I don't have a specific reccomendation); if you see one, that would probably be your best bet for non-chain.

    There's Popeye's and In-N-Out at least...

    1. You must go to The New Mecca (homestyle Mexican). It is not incredible food, but you have to eat there at least once. It is an absolute institution (they have catered many events for East Bay groups and companies for decades, including one of the mainstays for the A's, for a long time). The owners are incredibly involved in the community, and it is really the only local place people think of in Pittsburg. There is not much else of note that I am aware of...

      1. Try Mac's Old House in Antioch. 3100 E. 18th St. (at Wilson St.) Take the last Hwy 4 exit before crossing the bridge, turn left on 18th, go about 3-4 blocks, it's on the left. It's a funky old house but they have great food really cheap, and premuim drinks are $1.50. The menu only has about 5 items and probably hasn't changed in 30 years. The calimari steak is my favorite.

        I also like the Liberty Hotel in Pittsburg for their Sunday brunch buffet.

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        1. re: Sisiutl

          Yeah, I love Mac's Old House, too, nice cheap, basic family style food. I didn't reccomend it because it seemed like the threadstarter was looking for lunch break spots, and Mac's would be too far and take too long. Go there after work though!

        2. I have been going to The New Mecca for over 30 years. Try The Policeman's Special which is not on the menu. The owner, Bill, has catered many a feast and he always shows up after funereals with food. The Friday night soup is to die for. My mother always loved their refried beans. She said they were as smooth as pudding. I also recommend their Carne Asada and Pork Chilequillas (sp)

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          1. re: carolle217

            I did stop at New Mecca on Saturday night to get a to-go order before returning to SF. The Police Special is now listed on the menu. It's a plate with half rice and half refried beans on the bottom of the dish, then topped with the meat of your choice. I ordered the large, $9.95, with beef guisada. The beef was sauteed with fresh underripe tomatoes, onions and jalapeno peppers, and was quite overcooked and chewy. I ordered it "hot", and I'd say it was more like medium spicy. I did love the refried beans. They have a fluffy texture that I've never run across before, almost like they're whipped. While I waited for my order, I sat at the counter and munched on chips and salsa and the bean dip. The bean dip was refritos topped with some chile sauce that tasted like mild guajillo enchilada sauce and some cheese. Even though I wasn't hungry, I couldn't stop taking another bite of the bean dip and another.

            New Mecca
            324 Railroad Ave, Pittsburg, CA 94565

          2. Anyone been to New Mecca or Mac's Old House lately?

            Mac's Old House
            3100 E 18th St, Antioch, CA 94509

            New Mecca
            324 Railroad Ave, Pittsburg, CA 94565