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Oct 31, 2012 12:42 PM

Where to eat in Walnut Creek?

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. 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.

      1. 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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        1. re: Lindarita

          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.

        2. 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...."

          1. 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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            1. re: chocolatetartguy

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

              1. re: wolfe

                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!

              2. re: chocolatetartguy

                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.