101 Best Bites Guide

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This is it. The list. The 101 best things to eat and drink in the East Bay. From the amuse-bouche at Commis to the baklava at Esin, these are our not-to-be missed flavor sensations. We asked food experts, top chefs, and you, our food-loving readers, for suggestions.

Then, we went tasting. And tasting. So, in no particular order—but organized into geographic areas—we present The List. Which have you tried? Do you agree?  In the meantime, grab a fork.

We gave you our 101 Best Bites, but what about you? Our readers know what's good. We asked them to tell us about their favorite dishes and here is a sampling of the mouthwatering responses we got. Comment on our 101 Best Bites feature page to let us know what your favorite East Bay comfort foods are, or tell us on facebook.

Some Top Picks From Our Readers
  • The Peasant and the Pear's lamb shank dish in Danville. 
  • Sasa's spicy ahi parfait in Walnut creek.
  • Tower Grille's salads (The Caprese + The chopped salad with chicken) in Danville.
  • Jack's Restaurant and Bar's wedge salad + Mama Eleni's meatloaf in Pleasant Hill.
  • Bay Wolf's Duck dinner in Oakland.
  • Esin's pot roast + coconut cream pie in Danville.

“Vitello Alla Parmigiana at Montecatini in Walnut Creek. This dish of veal Parmesan is pure delectable heaven with the veal so tender it tastes like butter covered by a rich and creamy tomato sauce. I love to pair it with a nice robust wine. Montecatini has a fabulous wine list as well and incredibly affordable too!”

David Ottow, Walnut Creek

“Burgers, good meaty luscious burgers. Even veggie burgers. I like them because they're easy to eat...just pick it up...nibble on the fries, yum. The best ones are at the Duck Club in the Park Hotel in Lafayette. I had my very first burger there after being vegetarian for 48 years. Long story.”

Jane Powell, Alamo

Click here to see the rest of our readers' favorites and to offer your own.

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