With majority of California counties falling under the purple tier with many Covid case reports, indoor operations for non-essential businesses are closed. This means indoor dining. Here are some great spots in the East Bay that you can support by dining outside or ordering take out. Every dollar counts. Your support can help them stay in business during these uncertain times.
TIP: Order directly by calling the establishment to avoid extra fees for you and the restaurant for deliver services.
A spontaneous meeting with friends on Halloween allowed us to enjoy the East Bay and sit outside in costume at metal tables and under a tent. I had the bacon and blue cheese burger with truffle fries. Everything was delicious.
Belching Beaver Brewery seems to be coming up quite a bit during this pandemic. The Peanut Butter Milk Stout was perfect with the burger and delicious. I even had it at the brewery in Vista, California a month before. By golly, I think I like it. I think it has also influenced my recent baking of two batches of peanut butter cookies.
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Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery
My good friend, Dylan, is a member here and we enjoyed a relaxing afternoon outdoors on Halloween drinking wine. Off the main wine roads in Livermore, you can find RM Winery with beautiful grounds, appropriately spaced seating and glasses of wine to order. Tastings are a thing of the past for now. Normally, a flight would be my preference to try a variety of wines they offer. For a sunny day, the Pinot Blanc sounded light and perfect. And it was. ($30/bottle)
Dylan eventually purchased a bottle of wine for us to share and we stayed thru the afternoon, full of burgers and fries and now coating it with the Petit Verdot. ($36/bottle)
RM Winery is open for purchases on the weekends and may be ordered via their website.
Castro Valley, California
This is by far my go to spot for Thai food. I have ordered a lot of take out and dined here quite a few times with friends thru the years. You can’t go wrong with the Tom Yum soup but recently I had their pad see ew with tofu – because Meatless Mondays – and the mango and sticky rice. So yummy! The lady on the phone taking the order is so sweet and is so grateful on the phone and shows her appreciation when you pick up your order. I was given a complimentary Thai iced tea once. How awesome!
If you can grab a spot on the street, do it. The parking lot is shared with the Mexican spot next door and some tight maneuvering may be needed.
Castra Valley, California
I often spend some time with my roommate on the weekends. She does her hikes on Saturday mornings and I ask her if she has lunch plans. This particular time, we went to Denica’s and went a little crazy with ordering the Cookie Dough Waffle. We typically split everything so we can both taste more menu items. I assure you, no morsel went uneaten for these two that were on a fitness challenge. This was definitely a treat.
For actual nutritional value, we also had the Pesto Florentine Omelette with pesto, spinach, white onions and tomatoes on the side. We went with fruit instead of potatoes and an English Muffin. Tasty.
Order at the counter, grab a number and they will bring you your order and utensils. If you can make it without ordering the ginormous cinnamon, you have more will power than I did.
See my last East Bay Bites post from November 2019.
Have you been to any of these spots? If so, what did you order?
Comment below with your favorite East Bay spot and what we should order.