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Foodie in Fremont...HELP!

My good friend Steve, a personal chef, just moved to Fremont.

He's looking for good grocers, butchers, farmers markets, restaurants of note.....anything, anywhere that has GOOD food, within 5 miles anyway.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Gosh, nobody else has responded? Here's a start. Perry's Organic Farm at Ardenwood is great, I hear, as is the Farmers Market on Sundays at Newpark Mall in Newark. Salang Pass in Fremont seems to be a favorite on this board for Afghan cuisine.

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    Salang Pass
    37462 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536

    1. Similar question 4 years ago got quite a few responses. Lots of good Chinese food in Fremont-Newark-Union City.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/313946

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      1. re: Chandavkl

        Thanks for the link to that thread - I hadn't read through it before. As to be expected, I think it's a bit outdated and some of the places on there have since closed.

        Bombay Garden was mentioned - we went there a few months ago for their lunch buffet. Their selection was great, but we found everything to be overly salty. Their Santa Clara location is much better, I think.

        Other restaurants that we like to frequent:
        Ajisen Ramen in Fremont - I love their ramen and their karaage. I even like them more than Halu and Orenchi (I know - this assertion may be considered sacrilege to some).

        Pizza and Curry - great Indian-style pizza - not pizza on naan, but regular pizza dough with Indian-style toppings like Chicken Masala or Chicken Tikka Masala.

        Chaat Bhavan - we've tried a bunch of things on the menu, and the only miss we've found was the paneer pakora - we just weren't fans. Love their mixed pakora and the pani puri.

        Mayflower in Union City - we went there for dim sum on Christmas Eve and just weren't impressed. We were underwhelmed by their dim sum - I fully concede though, that this might have been a singular incident due to it being Christmas Eve. Perhaps their dim sum and their food is great on an everyday basis. But we just found the Mayflower on Barber in Milpitas to be superior, and since it's pretty close, we'd rather go there. Our favorite is still Koi Palace, however.

        There are some great ethnic supermarkets in the area. Mi Pueblo just opened a location in Newark, and they have great bakery and meat departments. They're new and shiny, and the staff is very courteous. Their bolillo rolls are great and so cheap - regularly 4/$1, but they just had a special for 6/$1! There are also many 99 Ranch locations in the area for Asian ingredients.

        Looking forward to any other suggestions that might come up in this thread.

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        Mayflower Seafood Restaurant
        34348 Alvarado Niles Rd, Union City, CA 94587

        Ajisen Ramen
        47890 Warm Springs Blvd, Fremont, CA

        Chaat Bhavan
        5355 Mowry Ave, Fremont, CA 94538

        Bombay Garden Restaurant
        5995 Mowry Ave, Newark, CA 94560

        Pizza and Curry
        42136 Blacow Rd, Fremont, CA 94538

        1. re: kcchan

          That Mayflower seems to be a cut below all of the other branches. However, there are some really good options in that same shopping center on the NE corner of Alvarado-Niles and Decoto. You've got the genuine Little Sheep, New China and Little Potato. Also noticed a newer place that I haven't tried, Little Shenyang. (What's with the "Little" in that center?) Also, a few blocks away on Mission Bl at Appian Way is House of Dumplings, which I really like.

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          New China
          1743 Decoto Rd, Union City, CA 94587

          Little Sheep
          34396 Alvarado Niles Rd, Union City, CA 94587

          Little Potato Restaurant
          1773 Decoto Rd, Union City, CA 94587

          House of Dumplings
          109 Appian Way, Union City, CA 94587

          1. re: Chandavkl

            We go to Little Shenyang pretty regularly - mostly because New China is always packed with a long wait and little Shenyang takes credit cards. They have great tofu dishes - I think they make all their tofu in-house. We also tried House of Dumplings - agreed that it's a great addition to the area. We only went once though, and it bears going back. (They were out of the xlb when we went, and I really need to try those.)

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            New China
            1743 Decoto Rd, Union City, CA 94587

            House of Dumplings
            109 Appian Way, Union City, CA 94587

            1. re: kcchan

              Realized that I had a mix-up - we usually go to New China; Little Shenyang is the one with the long lines and cash-only policy.

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              New China
              1743 Decoto Rd, Union City, CA 94587

          2. re: kcchan

            Thanks to Yelp's mobile app, I tried Chaat Bhavan last night. Very convenient from 880. When I entered, all of the other customers were Indian, so that seemed like a good sign. One non-Indian couple came in before I left. Table service, surprising for chaat.

            The description for Veg Mix Manchurian said "crunchy" so I was expecting raw or al dente vegetables. Of course they meant crunchy as in deep-fried, I'd call them pakoras. Came in a great, spicy tomato sauce with raw onions and good mango chutney on the side. Delicious.

            The chana sag was very nicely spiced.

            Parathas, apparently the house specialty, were first-rate.

            Everything came out very hot, unusual for this kind of food. Definitely worth a detour.

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            Chaat Bhavan
            5355 Mowry Ave, Fremont, CA 94538

        2. The Fremont Irvington District Farmers' Market is a pretty good market. Its held on Sunday mornings, year round at Chapel Way at Bay Street. In addition to the usual, and good, vendors, there's are very good Asian vegetable vendors, a man who sells frozen Chinese dumplings. The prices are lower there than the Hayward and SF Civic Center Farmers' Markets. The Ardenwood Market can have more attractive fruit and vegetable than the Irvington Farmer's Market, but its not better tasting, its naturally more limited in scope, and substantially more expensive.

          I also endorse House of Dumplings - try the fried tofu cubes dusted with cumin and other spices, Little Potato, Little Sheep, Mayflower (once was invited to a Macau Reunion banquet there that was excellent).

          I'd also suggest that the strip mall on Cedar Boulevard in Newark, just west of the Newpark Mall is worthwhile - Woodlands (south Indian), Marina Market, okay sushi, okay Indian Market, Vung Tau, Korean place (haven't been), more.

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          Little Sheep
          34396 Alvarado Niles Rd, Union City, CA 94587

          Little Potato Restaurant
          1773 Decoto Rd, Union City, CA 94587

          Vung Tau Restaurant
          6092 Mowry Ave, Newark, CA 94560

          Marina Market
          735 Escobar St, Martinez, CA

          House of Dumplings
          109 Appian Way, Union City, CA 94587

          1. They have a farmers market in Union City on Smith St. every Saturday, and at Newpark Mall on Sundays:
            http://www.union-city.ca.us/leisure/f...
            http://www.newparkmall.com/dining-ent...

            I've never been to this one but supposedly there is another Saturday farmers market at Fremont Blvd and Bonde Way:
            http://www.fremontfarmersmarket.com/i...

            Unfortunately, as far as gourmet supermarkets go, I've still had to cross the bay to go to Palo Alto/Mountain View, or go up north to Berkeley/Oakland. Still wish they would build a Whole Foods in Fremont!

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            1. re: arlenemae

              The farmers market in Union City has a predominance of Asian produce, I've found. (Though they have the usual staples of fruits and vegetables as well.) It's a year-round farmers market and is in a park with lots of shade, which is always nice.

              I hear they're building a Fresh and Easy market (owned by Tesco) in Hayward (at the Union City border), though it's a different animal from a Whole Foods.

            2. Chaat Patta Corner has the best pani puri... their other chaat are good too.