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dalyter Jan 29, 2008 07:56 PM

February 1st would have been my Dad's 100th birthday. He was from Chicago, his father was brought over from Ireland as a teenager, basically as an indentured servant, to work in the Chicago stockyards and my father devoted a good bit of his considerable energy and talent to finding streak houses and chop houses wherever he went across the United States. My wife and I will be visiting my daughter and her husband in Livermore on February 1st and I would like to celebrate the old gentleman's memory by taking us out for some excellent beef or lamb.

Any suggestions?

  1. Melanie Wong Jan 29, 2008 08:34 PM

    Haven't been there, but Hap's is in Pleasanton.


    Hap's Original Steaks & Seafood
    122 W Neal St, Pleasanton, CA 94566

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    1. re: Melanie Wong
      ChinoWayne Jan 29, 2008 09:00 PM

      My one and only visit to Hap's: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/27479#113292

      1. re: Melanie Wong
        sheriff Jan 30, 2008 11:07 AM

        I visited Hap's a few years ago. Unfortunately I can't remember anything about my meal besides the fact that I had the ribeye and thought it was pretty good. Not outstanding, but good . I also remember that they had a decent wine list.

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        toofacetious Jan 30, 2008 04:27 AM

        McNamara's in Dublin (across the freeway from Pleasanton). I prefer both the food and atmosphere over Hap's. It has more of a Chop House feel to me.

        1. Ruth Lafler Jan 30, 2008 10:46 AM

          A little farther, but Forbes Mill in Danville might be a good choice for a really upscale steakhouse experience.

          Forbes Mill Steakhouse
          200 Sycamore Valley Rd W, Danville, CA 94526

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          1. re: Ruth Lafler
            baseballfan Jan 30, 2008 11:38 AM

            A few recent experiences at Forbes Mill have been less than satisfactory. The service in particular has been terrible the last 2 times that we have been there. It is also extremely expensive...more so than Haps or McNamaras. I loved it the first couple of times but after my last experience did not feel that the food or service warranted the high prices.

            1. re: baseballfan
              Ruth Lafler Jan 30, 2008 12:28 PM

              Good to know, but too bad!

              1. re: Ruth Lafler
                baseballfan Jan 30, 2008 03:43 PM

                I know....we were sorry as well. There are too few restaurants around here as it is. I don't mind spending the money but I want it to be worthwhile.

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