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Dining Out Dining Out (July 09, 2004)

American

Chicago's Metropolitan Deli Chicago's Metropolitan Deli (July 09, 2004)

6003 W. Las Positas Blvd. & Hopyard, Pleasanton, (925) 462-1678. A new Rockin' Restaurant that features: Italian Beef, Chi-Dogs, Gyros, and more. We have over 50 menu items that are hot, juicy, fun and flavorful. Recently remodeled to create a festive atmosphere with a new bar, beers on tap and three sport TVs. We are family friendly with a nice Kids Menu, soft serve ice cream, shakes and sundaes. Come check out the flavors of Chicago right in Pleasanton's back yard!

Dean's Cafe Dean's Cafe (July 09, 2004)

620 Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 846-4222. A downtown fixture since the '50s. Rightly famous for its omelettes (over 265 of them). Homestyle cooking at its very best. Breakfast items are now served all day due to popular demand. Kids always welcome. Open daily for breakfast and lunch, 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Pleasanton Hotel Pleasanton Hotel (July 09, 2004)

855 Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 846-8106. This restored Victorian "hotel" combines the ambiance of the past with the exciting contemporary cooking of Chef Neil Marquis. Also offering Mystery Dinner Theater and Winemaker Dinners, live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, some Sundays. Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday Champagne Buffet Brunch, patio dining, banquets and weddings to 200.

Red Smoke Grill Red Smoke Grill (July 09, 2004)

4501 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, (925) 734-0307. The place to go for great tri-tip, rotisserie chicken and baby back ribs. The wonderful staff serves up sandwiches, salads and family dinner meals. So come by for a glass of wine and a great meal. Crossroads Shopping Center on Hopyard just one block south of Stoneridge.

Regional Street Bistro Regional Street Bistro (July 09, 2004)

6680 Regional St., Dublin, (925) 828-7750, Ext. 6164. A new restaurant serving bistro-style cuisine. The garlic fries are made from fresh potatoes. Live music on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. Saturday is prime rib for $14.95. Open Tuesday-Thursday, 5-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 5-10 p.m.

Swensen's Swensen's (July 09, 2004)

1991-A Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton, (925) 426-1266. Swensen's Ice Cream has called the Bay Area its home since 1948. Known for its delicious ice cream, smoothies, burgers, sandwiches and more served in an old-fashioned diner setting. Looking forward to serving you! Open daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Vic's All Star Kitchen Vic's All Star Kitchen (July 09, 2004)

201 Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 484-0789. Located in the heart of downtown Pleasanton on Main Street, Vic's delivers a starry mix of American food, fast service and a bustling, cheery atmosphere. Owner Vic Malatesta has teamed his love of sports with his passion for good food to create a solid dining experience with a local sports theme. Open daily 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Evening banquets/daytime catering.
Asian Island

Bamboo Island Restaurant and Bar Bamboo Island Restaurant and Bar (July 09, 2004)

4889 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, (925) 469-6266. All new restaurant serving the area's finest Pacific Rim and Asian Island inspired cuisine. Fresh fish flown in from Hawaii, as well as house-smoked meats and poultry. Delightful bamboo bar and dining room transport guests to the tropics, where they can enjoy fresh-squeezed Mai Tai's and Lava Flows. Live music and Luau Menu every Sunday. "Island time" happy hour 4-7 p.m. daily. Open for lunch 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; dinner from 5 p.m., seven days a week.
Bakeries

The Blue Cupcake Bakery & Cafˇ The Blue Cupcake Bakery & Cafˇ (July 09, 2004)

7083 Village Parkway just north of Dublin Boulevard, Dublin, (925) 556-4380. Come experience the personal friendly service where all bakery items are handmade from scratch. Special occasion cakes include children's character and photo cakes, cookies, cupcakes, coffee and espresso. Sandy (owner) offers Kreative Kid's Klasses. Call for details. Open 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Primrose Bakery Primrose Bakery (July 09, 2004)

350 Main at West Angela, Pleasanton, (925) 249-1261. Specializes in cakes for all occasions, including delectable and creative wedding cakes. Primrose Bakery also features tarts, cookies and a delightful assortment of pastries artistically created in classic and colorful old-European style. The bakery uses only the best and finest French and Belgian chocolates, and no preservatives or shortening. The quaint storefront is open Tuesday-Sunday. Email: orders@primrosebakery.com. Primrose Bakery has been in operation in Castro Valley for over eight years.
Brewpub/alehouse

Main St. Brewery Main St. Brewery (July 09, 2004)

830 Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 462-8218. Enjoy freshly brewed ales and a large selection of sandwiches and salads. Four TVs with sports all day and evening. Live music every Friday and Saturday until midnight. Visit our web site for more info at: www.mainstbrewery.com

The Hop Yard American Alehouse and Grill The Hop Yard American Alehouse and Grill (July 09, 2004)

3015H Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, (925) 426-9600. Voted Best Watering Hole in Pleasanton, the Hop Yard offers 30 beers on tap and a variety of great food, everything from finger food to full blown meals. Ask about new banquet menu.
Chinese

Blessings Chinese Cuisine Blessings Chinese Cuisine (July 09, 2004)

1807 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton, (925) 846-6745. A deliciously healthy menu. Only the freshest and finest ingredients. Vegetables are steamed and meats are double trimmed. All meals cooked to order using only vegetable oils. Rated 3.5 in Tri-Valley Herald. Family owned for 19 years.

Chinese Szechuan Chinese Szechuan (July 09, 2004)

3059 Hopyard Road #G, Pleasanton, (925) 846-5251. Pleasanton's best-loved Chinese restaurant. Family owned and run since 1987. Friendly service, delicious food, great prices. Lunch specials from only $5.25.

Panda Mandarin Cuisine Panda Mandarin Cuisine (July 09, 2004)

30 W. Angela, Pleasanton, (925) 484-4880. A downtown favorite for more than 16 years. Family owned and operated. Every dish freshly made and perfectly seasoned. Lemon chicken a specialty. Twenty daily lunch specials. Take-out menu. Open for lunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday; dinner 5-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5-10 p.m. Saturday.
Continental

Barone's Barone's (July 09, 2004)

475 St. John St., Pleasanton, (925) 426-0987. Pleasanton's most romantic continental cuisine restaurant. Innovative pasta, seafood and meat entrees. Outdoor dining. Open for dinner seven nights, lunch Monday-Friday. Live music Friday and Saturday evenings. Full bar. Banquet facilities, rehearsal dinners, special events.
Delicatessens

Pleasanton Grocery Co. Pleasanton Grocery Co. (July 09, 2004)

Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 600-9380. This upscale deli serves sandwiches, soups and salads, and offers international cheeses, Boar's Head Meats, olives, olive oils, fresh breads, sauces and a variety of desserts. It offers catering customized to fit any occasion, featuring sandwiches, cheeses, and pre-cooked, ready-to-heat hors d'oeuvres. Baskets and other unique gift ideas. Open 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
English Tea Rooms

B.J. Gardner English Tea Room and British Groceries B.J. Gardner English Tea Room and British Groceries (July 09, 2004)

531 Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 484-5456. An authentic English tea time experience in the heart of Pleasanton. Enjoy scones, preserves, clotted cream (truly decadent for the uninitiated), tea sandwiches (small and savory), pastries and biscuits (cookies) and of course delicious English tea. A huge selection of British groceries and gifts as well. Dining is Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. British groceries open Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ice Cream

Coldstone Creamery Coldstone Creamery (July 09, 2004)

349 Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 600-9177. Voted Best Ice Cream Store in Pleasanton. Come and choose your favorite ice cream and mix-in, and we will create for you a delicious creation on the stone. Imagine biting into a Banana Caramel Crunch Love It, in a chocolate-dipped waffle bowl. Pick an ice cream cake or pie to take home for the family. Our pints, quarts & buckets are great for birthdays, anniversaries or any occasion or party. Open Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Indian

Janta Indian Restaurant Janta Indian Restaurant (July 09, 2004)

5100 Hopyard, Pleasanton, (925) 463-8773. Janta has had its grand opening and is now open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. With a seating capacity for more than 200 and a banquet hall, Janta is ideal for receptions and parties. Janta serves food from the Northern part of India with a focus on tandooris, biryanis and curries, and a good selection of breads.

Sansar Sansar (July 09, 2004)

824 Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 600-0202. Popular Livermore restaurant has opened a second location in downtown Pleasanton, presenting delicious North Indian food, seasoned to your taste: mild, medium or hot. Fresh menu daily. Parking in rear. Patio dining. Open for lunch 11 a.m-2:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Dinner seven days a week, 5-10 p.m.
Italian

Fontina Ristorante Fontina Ristorante (July 09, 2004)

349 Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 462-9299. This popular downtown restaurant gets rave reviews from both locals and visitors. Offering a changing, seasonal menu and daily specials, including homemade soups, pastas, seafood, chicken and veal served in a comfortably elegant atmosphere. Indoor or outdoor seating. Saturday and Sunday champagne brunch.

Frankie, Johnnie & Luigi Too! Frankie, Johnnie & Luigi Too! (July 09, 2004)

11891 Dublin Blvd., Dublin, (925) 828-9380. Lively chatter and the aroma of garlic are the first things you notice in this warm and friendly classically "Italian" restaurant, complete with red checked tablecloths. It has an open kitchen where patrons can watch the cooks "hand toss" the dough for this pizza mecca of the Tri-Valley. It is perfect for romantic couples as well as the entire family, and the authentic Southern Italian cooking includes traditional dishes such as Veal Scaloppini and Lasagna as well as Lamb Osso Bucco and Scampi.

Garlic di Pasta Garlic di Pasta (July 09, 2004)

3037-G Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, (925) 485-4500. Rated "A" by the Contra Costa Times restaurant critic. Voted the best Italian restaurant in the year 2000 by the readers of the Tri-Valley Herald. Located off the beaten path of downtown Pleasanton in the Hopyard Village Shopping Center.

Pastas Trattoria Pastas Trattoria (July 09, 2004)

405 Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 417-2222. Join us at Pleasanton's most loved downtown Italian Restaurant. Our elegant atmosphere complemented by our one-of-a-kind menu items will offer a little something for everyone. We feature great steaks, seafood and our famous pasta dishes. Our full-service bar offers a superb selection of spirits and fine wines, and the sounds of live music will jazz up your Friday and Saturday evenings. We have banquet facilities available with wireless Internet for large parties, up to 70 guests. The place to meet your friends!

The Great Impasta The Great Impasta (July 09, 2004)

680 Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 462-0880. This award-winning cafˇ is now open in Downtown Pleasanton near Spring Street. Dedicated to serving the freshest pastas, soups and salads in a friendly environment. Tired of Italian cuisine you can't pronounce? Then this is for you. Serving eight different pastas, 15-plus sauces and many specialty plates, there's something for everyone. Also offering takeout and catering. Indoor and outdoor seating available.

Vinny's 2 Go Vinny's 2 Go (July 09, 2004)

4001-S Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton, (925) 463-0280. Vinny's 2 Go is the Rose Pavilion's newest authentic Italian restaurant. Lunchtime favorites include New York pizza slices, meatball sandwiches and the popular Mona Lisa panini. Savory Meals 2 Go and killer Tiramisu are available for fast pick up. Order your party trays for special occasions and office luncheons. Visit Vinny's 2 Go for quality, freshness and great taste!
Japanese

Sato Sato (July 09, 2004)

3015-K Hopyard Road, Hopyard Village Shopping Center, Pleasanton, (925) 462-3131. Locally owned and operated for 18 years with authentic Japanese cuisine by Makoto Sato. Serving a large selection of sushi with a variety of fresh seafood. Also serving tempura and teriyaki dishes. Open Tuesday-Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday.

Senro Japanese Bar & Grill Senro Japanese Bar & Grill (July 09, 2004)

30 W. Neal St., #110, Pleasanton, (925) 600-8040. This innovative restaurant with its relaxed atmosphere offers a range of Japanese style from traditional to new fusion. It creatively features over 60 specialty rolls, as well as daily three-item Bento box lunches and dinner specials. It also offer a children's menu and catering. On Monday nights, enjoy the 52-inch screen TV and buy one beer, get one free. Indoor and outdoor seating and a private banquet room make Senro's the perfect place for lunch, family dinners and special occasions.

Sozo Sushi Japanese Restaurant Sozo Sushi Japanese Restaurant (July 09, 2004)

2835 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, (925) 484-5588. Fun, friendly, casual atmosphere where dining with family and friends is truly a pleasure. A great place to find "Good Food, Good Prices, and Good Friends." Our sauces and dressings are homemade from scratch, providing the freshest of flavors. Serving traditional teriyaki, tempura, sukiyaki, sushi, sashimi and more. And Sozo Sushi's creative original Maki rolls. Take-out and custom catering trays available. Lunch 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; dinner 5-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 5-9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Closed Sundays.
Mexican

Blue Agave Club Blue Agave Club (July 09, 2004)

625 Main St., Pleasanton (925) 417-1224. Serves "alta cocina" or high Mexican cuisine and features over 200 tequilas. Mole Poblano, Filet Mignon al Chilpotle, Camarones al Ajillo, and Sopa de Tortilla are sample menu items. Owner and executive chef, Alexandro Garcia, a native of Mexico, brings his family's authentic recipes to the Blue Agave Club. Casual lunches and fine dinners are served daily in a truly beautiful outdoor garden setting.
Pizza

Gay Nineties Pizza Co. Gay Nineties Pizza Co. (July 09, 2004)

288 Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 846-2520. Family oriented with an extensive menu. Renowned pizza, Italian dishes, salads and sandwiches. Patio dining. Antique games for the kids. Groups, take out, call-ahead lunch orders. Wine, beer, open seven days a week, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Round Table Pizza Round Table Pizza (July 09, 2004)

530 Main St., downtown Pleasanton, (925) 461-0140. Six banquet rooms, original thin crust or pan pizza, salad bar, sandwiches, beer, wine. We deliver. Open seven days a week. Awarded best pizza by Bay Area Parent Magazine and Best Pizza in Silicon Valley by the Mercury News.
Steakhouse

McNamara's Steak and Chop House McNamara's Steak and Chop House (July 09, 2004)

7400 San Ramon Road, Dublin, (925) 833-0995. "The Best Steakhouse to Open in the East Bay in a Decade. 'A' for Service. 'A' for Ambiance. 'A-' for Food." -Nicholas Boer, Contra Costa Times. Serving midwestern corn-fed Angus Beef and only the freshest seafood. Large, comfortable bar with a cozy fireplace. A beautiful outside patio with a fire pit for dining or cocktails. Open weekdays at 4 p.m., weekends at 5 p.m.
Thai

Little Home Thai Cuisine Little Home Thai Cuisine (July 09, 2004)

4000 Pimlico Drive, #106, Pleasanton, (925) 251-9877. Located in the Trader Joe Shopping Center right off I-580. First Thai restaurant in Pleasanton to feature live Thai music. For take-out, call ahead or fax order to (925) 251-9881. Open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m. Saturday; 4:30-9 p.m. Sunday.
Wine Bars

Winecentives Winecentives (July 09, 2004)

6040 Dougherty Road, Dublin, (925) 829-3222. Just three blocks north of Hopyard/Dougherty off Interstate 580, this people-friendly retail wine shop has expanded its selection, added a full-time wine bar and a private event room. They offer wine tasting at the wine bar in addition to wine tasting events in their event room or at your location. Call to book your next wine party.

The Wine Steward The Wine Steward (July 09, 2004)

641 Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 600-WINE (600-9463). In historic Downtown Pleasanton is a full service wine shop with the largest selection and the most competitive prices in the East Bay area. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you select a single bottle or perfectly pair wines for your next dinner party. Our Wine Bar is open Thursday through Saturday with a new theme every week - check our Web site, www.thewinesteward.com, for details.

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