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Aug 21, 2012 04:18 PM

El Cerrito/Richmond Recommendations

I couldn't find a good summary of places to eat in the El Cerrito/Richmond areas. The area seems to have plenty of Mexican/Latin American or Asian places but any place worth checking out for lunch or dinner?

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  1. Banh Mi Ba Le. Shorter menu but otherwise just as good as the big one in Oakland.

    Daimo in the 99 Ranch parking lot.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      The last couple times I tried the El Cerrito Ba Le the fillings were awfully skimpy. Felt too much like eating bread. I'll give it one more try.

    2. Elevation 66 is good. New Brewery in EC

      1. Asian Pearl Seafood Restaurant in the Pacific East Mall is an acceptable place for weekend dim sum. I don't know if anything has changed since then, but I'd eaten almost every other place in there by 2009, and other than Daimo, there's nothing I'd strongly recommend.

        I wasn't happy with my last visit (old oil?), and they're inconsistent anyway, but Andy's Donut Stop in Richmond is 24/7 and used to be my favorite doughnut place in the Bay Area

        Some recent CH reports have made me want to check out Happy Golden Bowl and Sushi Sho.

        Taqueria La Bamba is cheap and good and has pupusas.

        The Junket is a German Deli that's worth poking your head into.

        Do some searches on Point Richmond. I've had good spaetzle at The Baltic.

        1. L&L and Yuet Foo on San Pablo and Saigon Seafood Harbor next to the Ranch 99 complex all have great Cantonese seafood. L&L and Saigon also have dim sum.

          For Mexican, try the tack truck in the Hotsy-Totsy Club parking lot, every day except Tuesday.

          Pikanha is a Brazilian churrasco in Point Richmond, haven't been there yet but I've heard good things about it.

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          1. re: ernie in berkeley

            Pikanha is good for what it is - cheap. The people are nice, and the fruit drinks (especially the cashew juice) are terrific. But the meats are heavily salted on the outside, like most of the Brazilian places, and most of the offerings are forgettable, with only a few meats standing out. The food on the steam table buffet carts is awful. Filler food only.

            We prefer the dim sum at Daimo to L&L and Asian Pearl, but all of them pale in comparison to Lee Garden Seafood in Pleasanton (formerly Tri-Valley Seafood). LGS comes pretty close to rivaling Yank Sing at half the price.

            Outside of the beef la lot and tofu salad at Nong Thon in El Cerrito, we don't think too much of the restaurants there that we've tried. My family all lives on that side so we are often over there (like 2x/week for the last 20 yrs), but in the main all of us prefer eating in Berkeley, Albany, and Oakland.

            1. re: ernie in berkeley

              Am interested in other reviews of Saigon Seafood, I've been there once in the past 3 mo. They have the cleanest fish tanks I've ever seen. The geoduck clams reaching toward the surface look like a work of art. Servers smile and serve happily (unlike some other places). Big and airy. Am hopeful this is where we can go for good Chinese food.

              1. re: LuckyMei

                Their salt and pepper scallops are (or used to be) fantastic. The house made tofu that is in one dish is really really good.

            2. Botto Bistro is located in a little strip mall on Meeker Ave, just off the Marina Bay Parkway exit. The chefs are from Tuscany and they serve old world dishes and thin crust pizza. Some time ago, I ate dinner there with a group of 8 or 9 and they served everything family style for us so we could share. They offer a daily/nightly meat dish, seafood pasta specials, and they do a nice risotto as well. I also tried their cannoli and it was delicious..

              They don't really have wait service, you order at the counter and they bring the food to your table. I've heard from some that their attitude may at times need adjustment, but I didn't have that experience. I would love to eat there more often, but pasta and cannoli does not look good on my hips.

              Dining room is pretty small, atmosphere is casual. Open for lunch and dinner.

              Botto Bistro
              2171 Meeker Ave
              Richmond, CA 94804
              (510) 232-3100

              M-F: 11a - 8p
              S/S: 4p - 8p