Food & Drink

SideTrack Bar + Grill — Best American Food Restaurant

SideTrack Bar + Grill — Best American Food Restaurant

Founded by longtime Pleasanton resident Todd Utikal and the late Skip Hinsley, SideTrack Bar + Grill continues its winning streak in this category. Prized for its sear-iously good food, SideTrack elevates the casual dining concept in downtown and serves as a preferred destination for family outings, happy hours or comfort hangouts.

Primrose Bakery — Best Bakery/Dessert

Specializing in wedding cakes and fresh morning pastries, Primrose Bakery is a well-loved staple in Pleasanton known for their top-tier desserts and warm customer service. Owned by Jessica Eiland, a classically trained European chef, Primrose bakes each of their cakes to be "traditional yet modern and exciting."

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue — Best BBQ

Craving the taste of Hawaii? At L&L Hawaiian Barbecue, Pleasanton residents can enjoy authentic Hawaiian comfort food suited for any celebration. Most popular among their wide selection of barbecue dishes are the BBQ chicken, BBQ beef bowl and BBQ cheeseburger.

SideTrack Bar + Grill — Best Burger

A winner for the second time this year, downtown's SideTrack bagged this year's Best Burger award for its handcrafted, artisan burgers. All made with certified American Wagyu beef and served upon Le Boulanger fresh-baked egg buns, SideTrack's juicy burgers have set local residents a-raving.

Andy & Yu's — Best Chinese Restaurant

Established in 2018, Andy & Yu's has become renowned for their fine cuisine and handcrafted cocktails, and were chosen by our readers as the Best Chinese Restaurant for the fourth consecutive year. Set in the bustling heart of downtown Pleasanton, Andy & Yu's authentic and varied offerings make for a delectable eating experience.

The Press Artisan Cafe — Best Deli/Sandwich

Long touted as Pleasanton's go-to casual joint, The Press takes home the Best Deli/Sandwich award for the fourth time in a row. Passionate in serving food to "nourish your body and mind," The Press is a quaint cafe that attracts fans with its fun and inventive menu of handcrafted paninis, toastinis, soups and baked goods.

Bob's Giant Burgers — Best French Fries

Bob's Giant Burgers — Best French Fries

While burgers remain its flagship meal, Bob's Giant Burgers is also wildly popular for its golden fries, winning Best French Fries for the second year in a row. Crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, Bob's fries come in generous serving portions — perfect to enjoy with friends and family.

India Garden — Best Indian Restaurant

The steady winner of Best Indian Restaurant since 2018, India Garden combines traditional North Indian cuisine with an eclectic mix of sweet, spicy and tangy flavors. Their specialities include tandoori chicken leg, goat curry, malai methi paneer and gobi manchurian.

De La Torre's Trattoria — Best Italian Restaurant

The neighborhood's Italian dining favorite, De La Torre's Trattoria secures its fifth straight win for Best Italian Restaurant. Offering a hallmark special menu with quintessential Italian dishes and quality ingredients, De La Torre's prides itself on being "your home away from home."

Oasis Grill — Best Mediterranean Restaurant

An ideal dining destination for Mediterranean cuisine with a modern flair, Oasis Grill claims Best Mediterranean Restaurant for not only its sizzling kabobs and exotic cocktails, but also its welcoming decor and warm ambience that have kept our readers coming back for more.

Casa Orozco — Best Mexican Restaurant

First opened in 1984 by the Orozco family, Casa Orozco wins our readers' hearts again as Best Mexican Restaurant for their rich menu of Mexican dishes, salsas, and sauces. A beloved local eatery, Casa Orozco brings their passion for family, food, and culture to the table.

Meadowlark Dairy — Best Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt

Meadowlark Dairy — Best Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt

Founded in the early 1900s, Meadowlark Dairy has long been our readers' pick for Best Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt and has returned to the regular contest after its appearance in the Hall of Fame. Known for iconic ice cream swirls and fast service, Meadowlark's sweet legacy remains a pride of Pleasanton.

Gay 90's Pizza & Pasta — Best Pizza

Taking the title for Best Pizza, Gay 90's Pizza and Pasta makes all their delectable pizzas from scratch. Started in 1959, Gay 90's is a local favorite, famous for their sourdough pizzas. Tempt your taste buds with their wide array specialty pizza choices and toppings.

Strizzi's — Best Seafood Restaurant

When it comes to fresh fish entrees and fine Italian pasta, Strizzi's continues to delight our readers the most, taking home Best Seafood Restaurant yet again. Operating on a philosophy of freshness, Strizzi's infuses everyday food with Italian aromas of fresh garlic, barbecued meats and roasted herb chicken.

Gene's Fine Foods — Best Specialty Food Store

Gene's Fine Foods — Best Specialty Food Store

Landing another Readers' Choice award for Best Specialty Food Store (fifth year running), Gene's Fine Foods has been supporting the Pleasanton community with fresh, organic produce since its founding in 1952. The local favorite supermarket, Gene's is "where quality and price come together" for the ultimate grocery shopping experience.

Lokanta — Best Mediterranean Restaurant

Taking the title of Best Mediterranean Restaurant for the fifth year in a row, Lokanta continues to be a downtown favorite with their California-style Mediterranean cuisine. Their combination of Turkish, Greek and Mediterranean dishes made with local organic produce aims to ensure a new and refreshing dining experience.

Rancho Grande Taqueria — Best Mexican Restaurant

Known for serving traditional Mexican favorites of tortas, enchiladas and burritos, Rancho Grande Taqueria is the newest winner of Best Mexican Restaurant. The family-owned restaurant focuses on bringing authentic Mexican food to the community and also caters for events.

Nonni's Bistro — Best Sunday Brunch

Opened in 2010 by chef Jon Magnusson, Nonni's Bistro brings a smorgasbord of European flavors to the table, which our readers declared the Best Sunday Brunch in Pleasanton. Each weekend, customers can look forward to enjoying their food alongside live-music performances that fill the bistro with joie de vivre.

Sozo Sushi — Best Sushi/Japanese Restaurant

Consistently recognized as Best Sushi/Japanese Restaurant since the category was introduced, Sozo Sushi on Hopyard Road sets the standard for Japanese cuisine with their fresh ingredients, tasty rolls and authentic Japanese indoor decor.

New Thai Bistro — Best Thai Restaurant

Dedicated to cooking Thai comfort street food with a modern presentation, New Thai Bistro holds onto their title of Best Thai Restaurant for the fifth year in a row. Among their variety of specials and favorites, New Thai's pad thai noodles proves the most popular among our readers.

Nonni's Bistro — Best Vegetarian Cuisine

Notching its second win of the year, Nonni's Bistro follows a philosophy that every customer is welcomed as "part of the family," so it's no wonder they have captured customers' hearts as Best Vegetarian Cuisine. Nonni's boasts a wide assortment of vegetarian meals that our readers hailed as both tasty and nutritious.