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Feb 1, 2007 10:20 PM

Eateries in Concord or Vallejo

My son is in the hospital in Concord, I live in Petaluma. Looking for some decent places to eat (not a chain) on the way there or back. It's a 60 mile drive each way- would be nice to get something to eat at a place that doesn't have a drive in:)

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  1. I'm so sorry to hear about your son.

    Two destinations in Vallejo are the House of Soul and Gumbah's. Here's a thread on House of Soul that recounts the pros and cons -
    I love the House of Soul - smothered pork chop, chicken fried steak, fried catfish on fridays, smothered fried chicken (order anything with gravy), cornbread dressing, mac and cheese, lima beans, greens, blackeyed peas, candied yams, peach cobbler, lemonade

    Gumbah's is lunch only -
    Would love to hear what a former Chicagoan thinks about this place.

    They're both as unchain-like as can be, dripping with character and individuality, and great food.

    1. Josquared clued me in on a new Thai/Lao restaurant in Vallejo on 907 Tennesse across from Jack in the box ... I use that reference because it is hard to find ... tiny divy looking place on the outside but a nice resturant inside with a gracious staff.

      There is not alot of Lao dishes on the menu, but it has a really intereting Thai menu ... killer red hot sauce on the table .. just great. Has a more interesting Thai menu than most Berkeley area restaurants ... Ruen Pair excepted.

      I'm going to wait till Josquared posts to add my comments because it is his find. I liked what I had. The restaurant in the short time open seems to have built up customers.

      Here's a mention in a local paper.
      Lunch: Mon-Fri 11 am - 3 pm
      Dinner mon-sat 5pm - 9 pm

      If you want to go across the bridge ... in Rodeo a new Cajun, creaole & Soul restaurant opened. I haven't even opened the menu yet, but the dishes on the tables had me drooling. Not only that but it is nice inside.

      354 Parker (across from Safeway, next to Peoples Market.

      m-f: 11 am - 9 pm
      s-s 11:30am - 9;pm

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      1. re: rworange

        Thanks for that initial post rw on the Lao/Thai place. There's not a lot of Thai (my BiL, who is Thai, generally goes out of town for his Thai food) and definitely no Laotian places in Vallejo, so when I saw this, I was pretty happy to hear it. I'll try to get out there myself within the next week or so.

        As far as the OP, first, I'm sorry to hear about your son. The suggestions up there are good; also, if you want to pick something up that you could take on the road with you, you can drop by The Mediterranean in Concord (in the Park-N-Shop on Willow Pass Drive) and pick up one of their shawermas or falafels.

      2. There is a rib place near by 37 in the strip mall near Sonoma Blvd in Vallejo- That isn't House of Soul- right?

        The place I am referring to had fried fish to die for, amazing cobbler.

        These resturant ideas are definitely NOT weight watchers core plan:). To hell with the diet for now. Just plan to do a lot of walking and exercise.

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        1. re: drmimi

          The place you're thinking of near 37 is probably Michael's. As I mentioned House of Soul fries in grease, and that pork love makes all the diff.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            That reminds me there is Gracie's. Never did get back up there to try the babyback ribs.

        2. Second La Mediterranean , and I enjoy Luna and A & Noi both in same buiding at 2118 Willow Pass in downtown, they are more on the scale of good eats you find in Berkeley or Oakland. They are close to Mt. Diablo hospital too.

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          1. re: frangelica

            I dropped into La Mediterranean right when it changed hands, and the new owner sampled me on all the dips/salads. Very good quality.

            Could you please tell us more about A&Noi? I remember seeing it and have wondered about it.

          2. Melanie,
            A friend and I tried A&Noi a couple of years ago...but I have never returned, altho I live a mile away. The osso buco special that nite was the oddest food I can remember in a long while-it had an incredibly intense annis flavor that wiped out the rest of our dinner all by itself. It was a special, of course, but when we complained, our server (not a very frequent or helpful chap!) explained the annis flavor was what the chef intended.
            I suppose I should give it another try...