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frk040 Apr 26, 2011 01:34 PM

Will be staying at the Four Points on Hopyard Rd in a few weeks. Only problem is that I'm not renting a car and will have to walk in the general vicinity of the hotel. Checking out Google maps, the closest places are Eddie Papa's, Chili's (don't think that's the chain) and Kinders, any of which is perfectly acceptable providing food is about a 5 or above on a scale of 1-10. Thanks for any suggestions besides take a cab.

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: frk040 Apr 26, 2011 01:54 PM

    Faz is right there. I haven't been to that one, but his other restaurants have always been good.

    That's just a 10- or 15-minute walk to the Dublin-Pleasanton BART station, which could get you to a lot of places with great food.

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

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      chocolatetartguy RE: Robert Lauriston Apr 26, 2011 04:23 PM

      Same owners as the restaurant that used be between Chinatown and the Financial District in SF?

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        Robert Lauriston RE: chocolatetartguy Apr 26, 2011 04:32 PM

        Faz Poursohi has owned restaurants all over the Bay Area, most of them called Faz.

        http://www.fazrestaurants.com

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

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      baseballfan RE: frk040 Apr 26, 2011 02:07 PM

      As Robert said, Faz is probably your best bet for a nicer restaurant within walking distance. There is an Indian restaurant across the street from Faz but I have never tried it. Also a Denny's and an In & Out that you can walk to. Unfortunately, the Chilis that you saw listed is in fact the chain. Eddie Papa's is a family style restaurant...think burgers, sandwiches and a lot of kids running around.

      It is a short cab ride to downtown Pleasanton which offers a lot more choices. The short walk to Bart is well worth the effort as the choices become endless depending on which stop you get off at.

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

      1. KatoK RE: frk040 Apr 26, 2011 04:40 PM

        Another option since a cab is in the equation is to go one exit East on 580 and go to the Ulferts Plaza at Hacienda. Ramen, pho, Ethopian, Chinese are all represented there.

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          Robert Lauriston RE: KatoK Apr 26, 2011 04:44 PM

          The request specifically excludes taking a cab.

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            KatoK RE: Robert Lauriston Apr 26, 2011 04:50 PM

            Oops, you are right, I didn't read the OP closely enough and baseballfan's post got me on the idea of a short cab ride.

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            shanghaikid RE: KatoK Apr 26, 2011 09:08 PM

            going to ulferts would be a waste of taxi money and time. most food is subpar there. only koi may be worthwhile but the service is questionable. the singapore? place may be worthwhile but i haven't tried it nor the ethiopian one yet.

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            Cheesy Oysters RE: frk040 Apr 26, 2011 05:55 PM

            Faz can be nice for dinner. Not super fancy but better than most places close by and they put out nibbles at happy hour. I've been to Eddie Papa's a couple times for lunches while out at work. Pretty good with a varied menu. I think the Chili's is a chain or it seemed like one. I have gone to the Indian place across the street a couple times and it is very good but I think I heard that it changed hands. There is also a Mexican restaurant on the way to the freeway with a bar. I think it's El Balazo. They got shut down for their hiring practices but I think it has reopened. Again nothing fancy but you can have a decent burrito or salad and beer or a margarita. I'm pretty sure there is also a Japanese restaurant in the mall that houses Eddie Papa's and Chili's. I've only been there for lunch but it was tasty. Again none of these places are outstanding but you can eat just fine close by.

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

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              Crunchyapple RE: frk040 Apr 27, 2011 11:05 AM

              Nothing fancy, but there's a good cheesesteak shop in the same plaza as chili's. I'd suggest the 'king of philly' option.

              1. KatoK RE: frk040 Apr 27, 2011 11:17 AM

                If walking another block past Chilis is an option, the next block has a sandwich/chicken/rib/salad place called Red Smoke Grill. My favorite menu item is the Tri Tip sandwich with carmelized onion and bleu cheese. Good fries also.

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                Red Smoke Grill
                4501 Hopyard Rd, Pleasanton, CA 94588

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                  frk040 RE: KatoK Apr 30, 2011 03:06 PM

                  Great - Faz and Red Smoke sound like very good choices. Maybe I'll take a cab on the 3rd night
                  and do some exploring. THANKS AGAIN.

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

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