Recs needed for Fremont, CA
In February, I have to come to Berkeley for a meeting that happens to fall on my husband's birthday (and a Friday), so we decided to drive up Thursday night and spend the weekend.
I found an unbelievable deal on a fantastic hotel in Fremont, which is fine for Thursday night, but if we want to have a really special night out on Friday, are we fools for staying in Fremont? Should I just find a place in Berkeley or SF?
I don't have to be in Berkeley until 2:00 on Friday, so what would be a great brunch place in Fremont?
Are there any world-class restaurants near there for the birthday dinner, or should we stick with the original plan and go to Chez Panisse?
Any ideas for a really fun Saturday that wouldn't include driving into the city? What are the hidden gems in that area?
We are foodies, film/music buffs, I'm a big hiker, but he's not very active. Any thoughts on what to do?
All input and feedback is most welcome.
re: Robert Lauriston
Actually, the hubby and I just talked about it, and we're doing Zach's pizza for his birthday (turns out Chez Panisse was more me than him), and he'd love to find a great brunch place for Friday morning and the best dim sum place in the Fremont area for Saturday. Strip mall Chinese that's an amazing "find" would be right up our alley, and one of my favorite places in the city is Helmand, so if there's comparable Afghan in Fremont, we'd definitely try that out.
The one place I've been to in Fremont that might be the best in California at what they do (and is happily brunch-appropriate) is Chat Patta Corner. Very fresh eat-at-the-counter pani puri, prepared to your specifications. Terrific sweets as well. I think they open at 11, though a Google search suggests noon. Melanie Wong's research: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/46860
Is Yum's Bistro doing dim sum? If not, I can vouch for Asian Pearl.
Chat Patta Corner
34751 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont, CA 94555
Fremont Asian Pearl
43635 Boscell Rd, Fremont, CA 94538
4906 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont, CA 94555
Chat Patta Corner is tasty - I like getting the sev puri.. mmm!
Yum's doesn't do dim sum, but dinner is always dependable for me - high quality, fresh ingredients and generally well-executed dishes. This place is way underrated on yelp (and sadly many mediocre to even bad restaurants get better reviews on yelp).
For dim sum, Mayflower in Union City is reliable and pretty good, particularly their ja leung (fried chinese donut wrapped in rice noodle) if you're not on a diet.
For activities, you might go for a hike to Mission Peak or Coyota Hills for a more leisurely walk.