Where to eat in Walnut Creek?
I will be keeping a patient company for a few days at the Walnut Creek Kaiser hospital. At some time I will want to pop out for lunch, supper and fresh air. Kaiser is on Main Street near Broadway Mall in WC which I know only from MapQuest having never been in Walnut Creek, only through it. I did a Chowhounds search but found little help there. Nothing fancy or upscale required for this visit, just something good to eat for person dining alone. Thanks.
Havana on Bonanza street (between Main & N. California) is a favorite of mine. Cuban food with a full bar. It can get insane busy on the weekends. Their Ceviche and Chimichurri Skirt Steak are amazing. Tasty Mojitos as well, but stick with the traditional ones. The fancy ones are, in my opinion, not worth the extra.
Tomatinas on Main Street is also very good. Simple italian food, no pretenses. The garlic rolls are delicious. My wife and I always order the skirt steak piadine...a sandwhich thingy that is hard to describe but fan-freakin-tastic.
We also have a version of Oakland's Le Cheval on N. Broadway. Lots of people rave about this Vietnamese place but it never hit me right. I mention it because so many people love it, I wonder if it's just me.
For Dessert, take a stroll over to NAIA and get some delicious gelato. They are between Il Fornaio and Jamba Juice on N. Broadway. their gelato is so fresh and changes daily. I still dream of the plum gelato I had during the summer....
There is a tiny strip mall, and a larger shopping center right across the street from the Kaiser complex.
In the tiny strip mall, George's Giant Hamburgers and R&J Noodles get good reviews. Both are casual, and the latter is a Vietnamese-American place.
Across the street in the other direction (Newell and Main), there's a sushi place called Oishi Sushi that people say is very good.
A little farther down Newell, there's a Whole Foods Market... their hot deli is always good for something quick.
George's Giant Hamburger
1491 Newell Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
I don't think you can go wrong with Breads of India on N. Main Street. The vegetarian dishes tend to be especially good. Also, Cafe Delle Stelle for informal Italian food. They have a cheesy pasta potatoey thing called Rustica that is delicious but may require you to check yourself in to Kaiser. Both restaurants have roots in other Bay Area places. Walnut Creek Yacht Club is good for fresh seafood.
Breads of India
1358 N Main St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Turns out Walnut Creek hospital trip was one day only but a very looooong day. Had a chance to run out for some nourishment after many hours and only had time to run across street to R&J Noodles which I would never have seen had it not been for 3Ringcircus posting. Pho Gha was more like American Pho or Chicken Noodle Soup a la Vietnam but some nourishing broth and noodles was a lifesaver anyway. So thanks