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Author: Richard Eber

The Best Pizza in Town

The Best Pizza in Town

One of my favorite comfort foods is pizza. Locally, there is one restaurant that puts out a superior product. It is a small bakery-café called 54 Mint Il Forno, 1686 Locust St. in Walnut Creek.  It is the brainchild of Claudio and Daniele, who operated a white tablecloth restaurant of the same name at Treat Blvd. and Oak Grove for several years.  Their current Italian rendition is much more informal. Outside of operating a coffeehouse-like destination in the morning, 54…

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Dynamic, New Korean Restaurant Opens

Dynamic, New Korean Restaurant Opens

As Korean food seems to be on the endangered species list in Orinda, it is necessary to venture all the way to Concord to experience the gourmet offerings of the Gen Korean BBQ House, which recently opened its doors at 1353 Willow Pass Road on the corner near the Water World Amusement Park. Once inside this small Southern California chain eatery, one is transformed into an art deco environment where blue lighting sets the mood for an extraordinary dining experience. …

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The Oasis Cafe

The Oasis Cafe

When it comes to fast food restaurants in the Lamorinda area (Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda), there is but one place in Lafayette where a “golden arches” sighting can be found.  As a matter of fact, such culinary genre (as golden arches) could be placed on an endangered species list there.  “Bun and Run” places serving low-quality fair just don’t cut it in this sophisticated market. So where do residents of Orinda and their nearby neighbors go when they want a…

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WINE IN LAMORINDA?

WINE IN LAMORINDA?

Bill English is a great wine maker.  As a member of the nationally renowned Contra Costa Wine Group, his entries in the group’s annual professional-tasting competition have consistently won gold medals.  He has also received awards from Wine Maker Magazine and the State Fair.  This expertise has been gained with over 40 years experience, which began in the 1970’s when English, an Orinda resident, first learned the trade.  He purchased equipment from the iconic Wine and the People store in…

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Restaurant Review: Yanni’s Gyros & Burgers

Restaurant Review: Yanni’s Gyros & Burgers

By Richard Eber Every September, my family looks forward to attending the Contra Costa Greek Food and Wine Festival sponsored by the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church  in Concord. We gorge ourselves on gyros, roasted lamb, dolmas, spanakopita,  tzatziki sauce, kalamata olives,  baklava, and all the other great stuff we get at this three-day event. Unfortunately, when the festival at St. Demetrious concludes, my family and I have not, until recently,  found a local eatery that satisfies our cravings for…

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