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Where to eat in Walnut Creek?

chocolatetartguy Oct 31, 2012 12:42 PM

Near So. Main St. I'll be out there a couple of weekends from now. My very acceptable backup plan is to go to Bo's BBQ in Lafayette.

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: chocolatetartguy Oct 31, 2012 12:48 PM


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      goldangl95 RE: chocolatetartguy Oct 31, 2012 03:18 PM

      For Sichuan Chinese (boiled fish, manchurian chicken etc.) there is:

      Sichuan Fortune House in Pleasant Hill or Sichuan House in Walnut Creek. *These are the only choices that are truly competitive with anywhere else in the Bay Area everything else is good for the area*

      For a decent, but compared to SF and Oakland, somewhat mediocre restaurant with really great atmosphere + good cocktail list try Corners Tavern.

      Artisan Bistro in Lafayette for French.

      Eleve is pretty good as Robert notes.

      There's kind of a dirth of awesome restaurants in the area - which will hopefully change over time. I was not impressed with Ottavio despite the good reviews.

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        Lindarita RE: chocolatetartguy Oct 31, 2012 06:31 PM

        Va de Vi is good if you like wine (lots of flights and small pours available) and small plates to share.

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          goldangl95 RE: Lindarita Oct 31, 2012 06:37 PM

          I have to dispute this on one point. I think it's a great concept and atmosphere. But they do not store their wine properly, the wine is often very noticeably oxidized or heat damaged. I want to support them because the wine flights is a super great idea, and my friends who are getting into wine like doing them - they are very educational and you can do them blind and guess. BUT the improper storage does put a damper on it all.

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          jaiko RE: chocolatetartguy Oct 31, 2012 07:06 PM

          We love Artisan/Lafayette with a passion, but it's more Cal-French.

          Duck Club@Lafayette Park Hotel makes a Kobe burger that is literally to die for. An amazing, delicious, massive hunk of a burger on a great bun.

          We have been meaning to try Cypress forever, more classic French food and service. Bauer of the SFChron gave it 2-1/2 stars in Dec 2011. Address is 1388 Locust St. (near Cypress Street), Walnut Creek, ph (925) 891-4197.

          We haven't liked, for various reasons: Ottavio, Fleming's, Ruth's Chris (but a nice quiet DR with excellent service), Va de Vi, Chevalier (Lafayette).

          We keep chanting to ourselves, "Fourth bore coming. Fourth bore coming. Fourth bore...."

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            chocolatetartguy RE: chocolatetartguy Nov 13, 2012 03:07 PM

            Anyone else want to chime in? Looking for quick, simple dinner on Saturday or Sunday. Right now, looking like Bo's BBQ which is alright with me.

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              wolfe RE: chocolatetartguy Nov 13, 2012 04:31 PM

              Please report back. My wife's enchantment with Bo's brisket took a huge beating the last time I brought it home.

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                chocolatetartguy RE: wolfe Nov 13, 2012 08:00 PM

                I had the brisket the first time I went there and I thought it was on the dry side. I have the pork ribs 2-3 times a year and there are my favorite, although not so good that I want to drive to Lafayette all the time. I was thinking of trying the beef ribs too if they have them. In town I have been going to KC for 30 years.

                It better be good this time because my friend Dr. Kayo just returned from Texas and is raving about the Q at Smitty's Market in Lockwood. No plates there, they just serve the meat on wrapping paper!

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                j mather RE: chocolatetartguy Nov 13, 2012 04:40 PM

                If you're willing to go to Lafayette, I'd recommend El Jarro Mexican, 3563 Mount Diablo Boulevard. I like Bo's too, but it has been a bit inconsistent in my recent visits.

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