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Downtown Pleasanton, what's good.

Just moved to this area. Did a drive along downtown. Seems a pretty vibrant restaurant scene. Anyone knows of any specifically good places in this area?

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  1. Haven't been there yet, but I've heard that the bakery, Bibiane, is worth trying. Maybe you can let us know how it is.

    349 Main St, Pleasanton, CA 94566

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Thanks. Yes I did see that, will try it this weekend.

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        I tried Bibiane today and was blown away by how good the cream puff was (to be fair, that's the only thing I tried). They use a good deal of butter and you can taste it, which seems to be lacking in most suburban bakeries (like the nearby Sweet & Savory).

        Sweet & Savory
        5685 Gibraltar Dr, Pleasanton, CA 94588

        349 Main St, Pleasanton, CA 94566

      2. My downtown Pleasanton favorties are Oasis Grille for Afghan food, and Agora Bistro for Greek & Turkish fare. Neither place excels in atmosphere & service, but the high quality, interesting food more than makes up for it.

        Oasis Grille
        780 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566

        Agora Bistro
        443 Main St, Pleasanton, CA 94566

        1. I work in Pleasanton and don't go downtown much but I like Blue Agave for Mexican food. It's a little pricey but the food and margs are both quite nice and they have a lovely outdoor dining are out front.

          Here are a few of my favorite spots for lunch. Little Home for fabulous Thai and Old Tme Cafe for Laotian Singapore food. Koi Garden is also great for dim sum. For Indian, my favorite buffet is Sannidi and Dosa Place for various dosas. I can add a few more lunch spots if you are interested.

          Koi Garden
          4288 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568

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          1. re: Cheesy Oysters

            I consider Sannidi to be awful, I hear nearby Chef India is better. Granted, I work near BART and not in downtown, but the options are pretty limited, the best place I've found so far is The Cheeesesteak Shop, but they have locations in SF too.

            Faz is also decent especially for ambience.

            Faz Restaurant & Bar
            5121 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, CA 94588

            1. re: vulber

              Vulber, not walking distance to Bart but not too far from you if you work on the same side of the freeway as Chef India is Ume Sushi on Hopyard. Their lunch specials offer good value and you can often find a 10% off Valupak coupon on-line which is good for lunch or dinner. Best to go early (definitely before 11:45) or late. I've been there when every table in the restaurant is completely full. There's a Kinder's BBQ in the same strip shopping center.

              Chef India's lunch buffet isn't too bad, but I think it's kinda pricey for the quality and varienty of their offerings. I like the salads at Faz and the atmosphere is very conducive to business lunches. Tofu House on Santa Rita (the one in front of the pink motel) is okay, but not as good as the Korean restaurants in Oakland.

              1. re: vulber

                I ike Chef India but prefer Sannidi. The think they have more variety and the food is seasoned more to my liking.

            2. About a mile out of downtown on Santa Rita is a chinese restaurant called Blessing. Its set back from the road in a shopping center. Their chow fun win black bean sauce combo is amazing.

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              1. re: Ian F

                Here's the website for Blessing.

                Blessing Restaurant
                1989 Santa Rita Rd, Pleasanton, CA 94566

                1. Not sure about downtown Pleasanton, but here are the ones I like in the surrounding area:

                  Pho Saigon for their Cambodian Noodle Soup (on Alcosta, in the general area of the now defunct Le Asia Supermarket)
                  Just Koi for their small side dishes, like Chinese-Style Pancetta
                  Royal Tofu House for the soon dubu
                  Bangkok 101 for the Spicy Noodles and Yellow Curry
                  Old Towne for the Hainan Chicken (a little inconsistent)
                  Nordstrom Cafe for the French Dip
                  Cafe Tazza for Indian snacks
                  Cheese Steak Shop for general delicious greasiness

                  Just Koi
                  4288 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568

                  Pho Saigon
                  2280 Westborough Blvd, South San Francisco, CA 94080

                  Royal Tofu House
                  2025 Santa Rita Rd, Pleasanton, CA 94566

                  34893 Newark Blvd, Newark, CA 94560

                  Cafe Tazza
                  2213 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050