Fremont Newark area help needed
- PolarBear Oct 20, 2007 05:37 PM
A dear friend will be spending three days in Fremont the first part of November and is in dire need of recos for lunch and dinner. I've researched the posts over the past year and listed some possibilities below.
He doesn't wish to travel too far from the immediate area so the farthest places I've included are in Milpitas. For dinner, fine dining to casual are fine, good wine lists a definite plus. A good fish place would be nice as would Mexican, Italian, German, Mediterranean, Thai, or Chinese. Probably not into Indian or Vietnamese so much. Same cuisines for lunch plus anywhere that does chicken well.
I get the feeling that SE Asian and Indian are the strong suits for the area.
Comments and strengths for the following or better alternatives most appreciated.
Munchner Haus Rita's German Deli
Kinder's Meat Deli BBQ
Strizzi’s - Italian (many seafood entrees?)
Ristorante Il Porcino
Cafe Buona Sera
La Casita – homestyle Mex
China Chili's or North China Restaurant
New York Pizza
La Cocina Mexicana -
Beck's Steakhouse & Seafood
A Touch of Aloha
Banana Leaf for Malaysian
Spice Route - inventive Pan-Asian, seafood
Barrio Fiesta - Filipino food
A few more gleaned from sources other than Chowhound in Fremont are:
East Bay Thai
Fremont Market Broiler - seafood
Carmen and Family Bar-B-Q
Gaters - Mediterranean
and in Newark:
La Cabaña for seafood
Many thanks to you Bay Area hounds.
lots of good eats Fremont.
My favorites: QQ Noodle, my post here:
Lizhou Seafood Restaurant, Fremont - Cantonese food, 3 dishes for $16.50.
Lee's Tofu, Newark - Korean, good soon tofu, good for lunch & dinner
Mr. Kebab, Union City
Thai Kitchen, Union City - pretty good for thai
New China, Union City - 3 dishes for $17 or so. lots of posts here.
LA Sokongdong Soon Tofu, Union City. side dish of jab chae (glass noodles) & fried fish are awesome w/ soon tofu!
I posted all on chowhounds & yelp.
I lived in Fremont for a while - my thoughts on your list are:
Il Porcino - my fav. Italian place in Fremont, cozy & good
China Chili's - never understood why this place is so popular. Not bad, but not great
North China - better than China Chili's IMHO, but not wonderful either
Papillon - overpriced, so-so French/Continental food
East Bay Thai - very tasty
Market Broiler - OK but I wouldn't send someone from out of town there
My Thai - also very tasty. If your friend likes SPICY, they will make unbelievably hot food if asked
La Cabana - great little family-run joint, mexican seafood dishes are particularly good
Regarding the other replies:
Lee's Tofu - agree - very good tofu hot pots, especially the kimchee
Salang Pass - second-best Afghan food I've had (first goes to Kabul in Sunnyvale/San Carlos) & nice atmosphere. Definitely recommend, since there are few afghan places around
Erik's Deli - good deli fare
I would add:
Banyan Tree (Union City) - SE Asian, I always enjoyed my meals there
Too bad your friend wouldn't be into Vietnamese or Indian, as Vung Tao (Vietnamese) in Newark is very good, and good Indian food abounds in the area.
I would remove Carmen and family. I thought it was really bad. If BBQ is a must, I would either travel north 10 minutes to Everett and Jones in Hayward or south 10 Minutes to BCC enterprises in San Jose.
I'm not a fan of Gator's either. Haven't been in a while, but the couple of times I did go I found it bland.
Tirupathi Bhimas in Milpitas serves great S. Indian Veg.
I highly recommend Spice Route, it's definetly more Indian than Pan-Asian (a few indo-chinese creations).
I just had Banana Leaf for lunch today and loved it. As good as ever!
Thanks for all the input from the Bayhounds. My pal ended up hitting the places within walking distance of the Marriot and Washington Medical Center.
Made three visits to Strizzi's where he found an excellent Dungeness Crab and Seafood Cobb salad and a great fish dish for his wife on their first visit. He was also most grateful for the Munchner Haus Rita's Deli reco for the sausages and well executed flavorful rendition of warm potato salad with bacon. Noted that they actually give you too much food. He also mentioned some good carnitas at a little place across Mowry from Strizzi's, but couldn't recall the name, thought it was either La or Las something. I did a little googling but only came up with Chipotle Grill which appears to be next door, so pretty sure that wasn't it.
I was asked to pass along an alert.... avoid the Marriot food at all costs, it was the single bad experience of his 3 days in Fremont.
Thanks so much for reporting back! Tell your friend he's "paying it forward" to future visitors. Marriot is my favorite hotel chain, but I generally avoid their restaurants as mediocre at best, which is really too bad, because sometimes when you're travelling you really don't want to have to go out and hunt for every meal.