ML tagged me to do this meme, and it’s taken me awhile to get to it…so many restaurants to think about…but I’m finally ready, so here we go:
1. Add a direct link to your post below the name of the person who tagged you. Include the state and country youâ€™re in.
Nicole (Sydney, Australia)
velverse (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
LB (San Giovanni in Marignano, Italy)
Selba (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Olivia (London, England)
ML (Utah, USA)
J (California, USA)
2. List out your top 5 favorite places to eat at your location (locally).
I had trouble with this part…when I started my blog, it was supposed to be restaurant reviews, so really, I’ve already written about most of the yummy, favorite places that we’ve been in the last year and a half. I don’t want to bore the heck out of you by talking about the same restaurants over again, but to talk about restaurants that aren’t my favorites seems wrong, too. So…what to do. I’m going to link to my five favorite places that I’ve already written about, and then I’ll share five other places that I love around here. How’s that? 1. Cafe Esin, San Ramon. 2. Va de Vi, Walnut Creek. 3. Zax Tavern, Berkeley. 4. Foreign Cinema, San Francisco. 5. Thanh Long, San Francisco.
OK, 5 places I HAVEN’T written about before:
Rivoli– Berkeley. We honeymooned on the Rue de Rivoli in Paris, as did the husband and wife who opened this restaurant, so we have celebrated a couple of anniversaries here. The room is beautiful, with one whole wall devoted to seeing the garden in the back (above). The food is always VERY good, and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a romantic dinner, or a nice celebration type meal.
La Folie – San Francisco. We’ve been here a couple of times (not since they redecorated, above) on special occasions. La Folie serves wonderful French food, and what could be better than that? The wine list is pretty top notch, the food is superb, and the prices pretty much show it. Yummy, but tres’ pricey, so save up and go!
Mudd’s – San Ramon. This local gem is located adjacent to the community gardens. You can take a walk around the gardens if you would like, and weather permitting (hey, this is California, it’s OFTEN permitting) you can eat outside. The food is tasty, the atmosphere and service are great, and the prices, while not LOW, aren’t insane, either. We celebrated an anniversary here, and Maya was with us. They brought us a complimentary glass of champagne to celebrate, and they brought Maya a complimentary glass of sparkling cidar. That’s a really nice touch, I think, to not exclude the child.
Namaste or Saroor Indian Restaurants – Concord and Walnut Creek. (Neither of these restaurants have web pages of their own, and I couldn’t find pictures for them, so I found one of ‘Indian Buffet” from Naweb Restaurant, in Virginia.) Both Namaste and Saroor have buffets at lunchtime, and full menu dining for dinner. We love the lamb curry at either place, so we often get that, but almost anything on the menu is a winner when you’re in the mood for Indian food. 🙂
Heavenly Cafe – Walnut Creek. Maya told me I really should include this restaurant, even though it’s not fancy at all, or even a place that we get in the car and go looking for…it’s just our little neighborhood cafe, where you’ll find us for breakfast pretty consistently on a Saturday or a Sunday morning. They don’t have a picture anywhere online, probably because it’s in a strip mall, next to a 7-11 and a Subway Sandwich joint, so sorry, no pics. The omelettes are pretty darned good, the pancakes are yummy, and their BLT is the best I’ve had so far, anywhere. When it opened, we feared it wouldn’t last very long, but it seems to get pretty busy on weekend mornings, and I suspect sometimes for lunch as well. If you’re ever in our neighborhood, this is the best breakfast that you can walk to. 🙂
V-Grrl – Because she’s in Belgium, and that would be cool to hear about.
Curiosity Killer – She’s in Hong Kong. Also, very cool and far away and all.
Ms. Mamma – Out there in the wilds of Wisconsin, what’s good to eat near you?
Tracy and Gina – They’re in California, but it’s SoCal, so different than here. I tagged them both, wondering if they would come up with any of the same places (unlikely in a region so huge), but only counted it as one tag, because it’s So Cal.
Michelle – She’s anchored down in Anchorage, and heck, Alaska sometimes SEEMS like another country. It’s certainly big enough!
Anyone else interested? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll come check you out!