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Need Restaurants near Walnut Creek

My daughter recently moved from Boulder to the Walnut Creek area. She has been disappointed with all she's tried so far. Does anyone have suggestions for any type of cusine? All responses would be greatly appreciated. I'm headed out next week! Thanks!!

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  1. This has been addressed from time to time; try the search function. What has she tried that she didn't like? Narrowing it down to a few types of cuisine or $ level would help us help you.

    1. Chopin Cafe for excellent homestyle Polish food.

      Some positive reports recently about Chef Jon Lee's Asian Fusion Cuisine, but I haven't been, so can't confirm.

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      Chopin Cafe
      1574 Palos Verdes Mall, Walnut Creek, CA 94597

      Chef Jon Lee
      1250 Newell Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

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      1. re: abstractpoet

        I went to Chef Jon Lee. It sucks. The same positive reports are on every food website on the web. Nice people so I'm being kind by not posting a report. However, the next positive report I see here, I'll have plenty of detail.

        For good Asian food go to Lily's in nearby Lafayette.
        http://www.chow.com/restaurants/11156...

        Lafayette actually has some good restaurants such as Kopitiam, Pizza Antica, Bo's BBQ, El Jarro (mixed opinions), Chow, Chevalier (Michelan mention, I think),
        http://search.chow.com/search?query=&...

        Concord has Namaste,

        It would help if you post what restaurants she didn't like.

        1. re: rworange

          Thanks for the update about Chef Jon Lee. I guess that earlier thread got removed as a potential shill? It's no longer there.

          Like I said at the time, the menu looked extremely unappealing to me, but since a couple different people had good things to say, I figured I'd reserve judgment.

          1. re: rworange

            I also went to Chef Jon Lee after seeing the potential shill thread here...first time it was closed despite coming during a peak lunch hour. I gave it another shot at lunch time. Tried their special crunchy sticky chicken, which I actually kind of liked. The sauce was gooey and tangy - but I'd consider the dish as a whole a step above Panda Express. I wasn't expecting much more, so it was in line with what I was looking for. The soup, which the very kind waitress/owner described as freshly made chicken dumpling, was overly salty and pretty disgusting.

            Menu was all over the place, which explains the "confusion" part of their name, I suppose. There's nothing else I would want to try there, so I probably wouldn't go out of my way to come back.

            1. re: alina555

              Yeah, two more five star reviews showed up on Yelp in the last few days. I thought the two star reveiw describing the chiken like TJ's orange chicken was funny ... though probably unkind to TJ. Panda Express is a good analagy. For heaven's sake ... never get the scampi ... seriously.

              You know ... sometimes a new place gets ... enthusiastic. There were a few things I read about the place which are on the Chow restaurant record that interested me. So I figure I'd give them a try. If they are good and interesting, then win-win-win ... I have a good meal ... Chowhounds get clued in on a good new place ... the restaurant gets some business.

              I'm looking around for a good scampi for a friend of my husband who thinks Cheescake Factory has the ultimate version. Let me say right now ... Cheesecake Factory won ... big time.

              Again, I'll hold off on the gory details which I wrote up. But any neon-glowing reports on the dishes I tried and I am more than willing to go into gory detail.

              1. re: rworange

                I have not eaten at Chef Jon Lee, only spoken to him and at the time before the thread was removed on Chow, I commented on the promise of the new restaurant. Since then I, too, have read all the 5-star reviews on Yelp and noticed the similar writing style and content which led me to think that something was amiss. This is highly unfortunate for food bloggers and reviewers. I hope the food websites will be left to reviews by real diners for real opinion and not to overzealous restaurant owners and investors. Thanks, rw, for your update and input.

        2. I had a great lunch last week at a Cuban restaurant called Havana. It's on Bonanza St. in downtown Walnut Creek. Check out the website for the menu. I had a shrimp tamale that had a really nice garlic sauce on it. It was listed as an appetizer or small plate, not a full meal, but it was fine with a shared order of rice and black beans.
          They highlight their mojitos, but there is a full bar and wine.

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          Havana
          1516 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

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          1. re: pcdarnell

            they make pitchers of mojitos there which are hard to resist:-)

          2. My friend who grew up in Walnut Creek likes the tapas bar Va De Vi, although concedes that it can be spendy.

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            1. re: vulber

              I'd say that Va Da Vi is probably the best restaurant in Walnut Creek.

            2. Il Fornaio isn't bad.

              Not Great but not bad.

              Lark Creek hits more often than misses.

              Some folks swear they love PF Chang's but it is not my style, so can't really endorse it misself.

              It has been years since I ate at Prima but I remember we enjoyed it. Maybe its still there.

              I typically just go to Pyramid for a Beer and a salad. Tho' it seems the food is better at Berkeley Pyramid.

              MeatBoy says good luck

              1. There was an ad in today's Contra Costa Times for a restaurant that opens on Monday called The Door. Sounded pan-asian and run by someone who previously worked at Betelnut and Red Lantern. The website isn't working yet.

                1. Oakland is 20 minutes away going against traffic, i.e., coming from WC into Oakland. In particular, Piedmont Ave, Rockridge, etc are not far off the freeway. There's many great options there.

                  Commis
                  Wood Tavern
                  Cesar
                  Luka's
                  Pizzaiolo
                  Dopo
                  Pican

                  Here's a little bit about a boom of sorts: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

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                  1. re: ML8000

                    Kopitiam is worth the trip in the opposite direction.

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                    Kopitiam Restaurant
                    3647 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549

                  2. I tend to go more for casual dining (I've got kids), but here are my recommendations anyway.

                    If your daughter wants decent Mexican food, tell her to skip Walnut Creek entirely and head to Concord. There are a lot of great taquerias along Monument Blvd and in/near Todos Santos Plaza.

                    There is a good Vietnamese place in downtown Walnut Creek called Da Lat. I want to say it's on Locust, but can't remember for certain. I don't go downtown very often anymore. These days when I want Vietnamese, I head to Pleasant Hill or Concord. There are two pho places in the Park and Shop in Concord, Pho Huynh Hiep and Saigon Bistro. Both are pretty good, the former is slightly cheaper and has better smoothies and Thai Iced Tea, but the latter has a little more variety in noodles and also has Vietnamese sandwiches.

                    There's a good little Japanese restaurant on the corner of North Main and Sunnyvale (across from BevMo) called Nama Sushi. Finding parking is a pain there though, and it's often crowded. I'm told that Oishi Sushi is pretty good too (off of Newell and California), but have never actually been there. Generally I head to Suwa in Concord for my Japanese fix.

                    For sandwiches, my favorite places are Kinders and A Sweet Affair, which are both in the Ygnacio Plaza shopping center on Ygnacio Valley Rd (nearest cross st. is San Carlos, right across from Heather Farm Park). The latter place is a bakery, and they have good soups and cookies (although skip their Chili). There's also a burger place in there called Gordos that has great french fries, and a BLT that is to die for. The Chinese restaurant in the same shopping center is also quite good, but for the life of me I can't remember the name of it. Oh, and skip the cream puffs at A Sweet Affair... they're soggy and dense.

                    There is a decent Chinese restaurant (New Chinatown Cafe), a decent Italian deli (Genova), a greasy spoon kind of place (Black Bear Diner) and a decent Italian restaurant (Sorrentos) in the Countrywood shopping center (corner of Treat and Bancroft).

                    Both Skippolinis and Roccos have pretty good pizza, if you don't mind your typical pizzeria style pies. Skips is downtown on Giammona Dr between Main and Locust, and Roccos is on Ygnacio right off of Oak Grove Rd.

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                      1. re: sydthekyd

                        You're welcome. I wish I could have been more help with the places downtown, but I really dislike the traffic/parking situation there these days. It used to not be quite so bad.

                    1. For ladies who lunch, the soup, salad and i/2 sandwich at Bing Crosby's was fine with a more than 1/2 reuben.
                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5650...

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                      1. re: wolfe

                        Sounds like a winner. Thank you!

                      2. Walnut Creek Yacht Club for seafood. Imperial Restaurant in Concord for great Dim Sum and the best pork buns ever. Joe's Sushi in Pleasant Hill is a wonderful place. Saigon Cafe in Concord for Bahn Mi. Massimo's in Walnut Creek for a little more upscale Italian/med meal.