101 Best Bites: Reader Picks
When it comes to food, we all have our favorites
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 below to let us know what your favorite East Bay comfort foods are, or tell us on facebook.
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
“Sautéed Scallops at Havana in Walnut Creek. They are always cooked perfectly! Lightly browned on the outside and moist and opaque on the inside.”
– Vivian Albano, San Ramon
“The tea leaf salad at Burma Superstar in Oakland, because it's unique, exotic, delicious and presumably healthy. The ropa vieja sandwich or the nut crusted halibut at Havana in Walnut Creek, because both dishes are full of flavor and not the usual fish or the ordinary sandwich, and both dishes are attractively presented and reasonably priced."
– Bea Pixa, Walnut Creek
“At Pasta's in Pleasanton - the Blackened Salmon Caesar Salad. Best salmon dish around and plenty of lettuce to keep it healthy. At Villa Cereja in San Leandro - the Kobe Burger with skinny French fries is amazing. Soft French bun & caramelized onions to go along with the Kobe meat. . . yum!! And you must try one of Jake's Raspberry Lemon Drops made with Hangar One Raspberry vodka; it's the best martini in the east bay! Last but not least, the ahi appetizer at Barones in Pleasanton. Full of flavor and crisp won ton chips to eat it with. If I'm having dinner, then I'll share it, but sometimes I'll have just that and I'm happy!”
– Diane McRae, Pleasanton
“Fried chicken wings at East Ocean Seafood Restaurant in Alameda - they use Chinese 5-spice salt on it. Delicious! Waldorf salad at Massimo's Ristorante in Walnut Creek. Fresh crisp apples, candied walnuts, blue cheese on butter lettuce. The best!”
– Barbara Uenaka, Walnut Creek
“The fried chicken at Hibiscus in Oakland is delectable. Not greasy at all, and delicately flavored with herbs. This is what fried chicken is supposed to be.”
– Marilyn Jackson, Martinez
“The Veggie Tiffen plates at Breads of India, because they are made with care and well balanced spices.”
– Kristen Dessange, Concord
“The braised short rib at Va de vi is one of the tastiest dishes, plus it is the perfect size and served with asparagus and potatoes”
– Leslie Milano, Pleasanton
“Without a second thought. It's the fried calamari at Scott's Restaurant in Walnut Creek. Think crispy on the outside and finished with a garlic butter sauce. It's the best by far of any other fried calamari dish. What's not to like?”
– Beverly Barnette, San Ramon
The Cobb Salad at Chow in Lafayette is my favorite salad by far - best organic chicken and dressing. Best dessert is the Banana Split at San Francisco Creamery in Walnut Creek. For breakfast, you must try the Whole Grain Yogurt Pancakes at Sunrise Bistro in Walnut Creek - so good!"
– Denise Caldwell, Walnut Creek
“The Monte Cristo sandwich at Crachon's in Walnut Creek. It's a great representation of a classic sandwich that no one makes anymore. Always satisfies the craving!!”
– Kurt King, Walnut Creek
“Hands down the lamb shank at The Peasant and the Pear. I can't remember the last time I've gone and not ordered it...oh yeah, I can... NEVER! I try to bring myself to order something else but I can't. In order to try something else on the menu I have to make my girlfriend order it so that I can pick off her plate while still enjoying the fall off the bone goodness of the lamb shank.”
– Ben Shelton, Danville
“Sasa's spicy ahi parfait because it is imaginatively conceived, beautiful, very fresh, delicate yet sumptuously flavorful.”
– James Jacobs, Berkeley
“The duck dinner at the Bay Wolf Restaurant in Oakland, because they prepare the most succulent duck breast I've eaten, always perfectly cooked and enhanced by delicious accompaniments.”
– Maria Lee, Orinda
“Filo wrapped chicken with Israeli couscous at ESIN. Several interesting textures, colors, tastes and aromas all intermingle to make an unforgettable (and highly addictive) entrée.”
– Robin Asher, Danville
“Salmon Piadine at Tomatina in Dublin, CA. It is so delicious and combines the best things about a salad and combines that with flatbread. Even better, you can choose to have white or wheat flatbread.”
– Jessica Lynch, San Leandro
“Risotto at Postino. Chef Beatty has many variations, but he has never let me down!”
– Adam Hoffert, Walnut Creek
“Nut Crusted Halibut from C-Blue in Walnut Creek! The crunchy coating keeps the fish moist. Yum!
– Melinda Corr, Walnut Creek
“The chicken salad sandwich (or the chicken salad) at the Rising Loafer restaurant in downtown Danville. It's always fresh and crisp as well as very tasty and filling. The clam chowder at the Boudin Bakery cafe in Walnut Creek. It's always steaming hot, tasty, thick and rich and perfect for the "not so nice" winter days. The lollipop lamb chops at "Table 24" in Orinda. They are really very tasty and darling to hold and look at. They smell wonderful too."
– Barbara Grossman, Danville