Coffee Talk: What is your favorite local restaurant and why?

Without question, my favorite local coffee spot is Catahoula Coffee in Richmond. The coffee is roasted on the premises—so the wonderful smell of roasting coffee pervades the place—and is always fresh and delicious. The “Mexi-Mocha” is the best I’ve had—great coffee flavor, dark chocolate, cinnamon and not too sweet. The employees are always friendly and accommodating. I’ve had several casual business meetings there. The vibe is a wonderful West County blend of business and arty, relaxed, not in your face—and NO attitude!

Karen Juster Hecht


Massimo on Locust Street in Walnut Creek. Always friendly service. Great ciabatta bread and olive oil dippings. Every entrée is great. Good atmosphere for social or business meetings.

Wayne V.R. Smith


My favorite (and my wife’s) is Casa Orinda [in Orinda]. It has been around forever, and the old-time casual atmosphere if very pleasant to us. The service is always prompt and always polite, and the fried chicken is the best we have ever tasted. We also like Pasta Primavera [in Walnut Creek]. The service is sometimes inconsistent, but the food is always freshly prepared and hot when it gets to the table. The portions are huge, leaving enough for another meal.

Paul E. Nord


As a West County resident, I’m particularly fond of Elevation 66 in El Cerrito. It’s our local brewpub but also serves fare that makes foodies happy. They do a riff on grill cheese sandwiches that shifts every week, serve up a lovely tuna tartar salad, and make great fries and chips. “The 66,” as we call it in our house, is also the best place to watch a baseball game if you can’t actually make it to the park. They are loyal to A’s and the Giants. On the beer front, I’m particularly fond of the smooth Esther Stout, which is relatively light on the palate.

Jean K. Hyams, Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP


The Baltic in Point Richmond, near our offices. Why? Excellent German food reasonably priced, nice outdoor patio, comfortable low-key vibe, easy parking and great fresh imported German beer on tap!

Ann Harding Battin, Esq., Tenax Law Group, P.C.


My favorite local restaurant is Vic Stewarts in Walnut Creek. John Herrington did this right. The food is excellent, perfectly prepared, the service is a delight and I enjoy the private train car setting for intimate dinners.

Ken D. Little, Little & Saputo


I love Yanni’s Taverna in Danville. It hits the sweet spot between having a nice ambience and great food on the one hand, and being relaxed and affordable on the other hand (so I can go there all of the time!). It has a nice patio and a wine list too.

Steven T. Knuppel, Esq., Law Offices of Steven T. Knuppel


My favorite restaurant is Va de Vi in Walnut Creek. They offer small plates and “flights” of wine at reasonable prices. Some of the delish food includes beet salad, lamb meatballs and the profiteroles dessert is to die for! It can get pricey if you order many plates and wine flights.

Lorraine M. WalshLaw Office of Lorraine M. Walsh


Katy’s Kreek at 1680 Locust St. in Walnut Creek. The food is good and the prices reasonable. The service is fast when you are in a time crunch, but they allow you to linger to finish your meeting with clients and/or colleagues. Better yet, they know some of my preferences as soon as I sit down.

Kenneth P. Strongman


Although it is hard to answer this question (e.g., some days I prefer Thai food, some other days just a pizza), I have to say that I love 54 Mint in Concord. Great atmosphere and excellent food.

Jose F. VergaraLaw Office of Jose F. Vergara


I love Sunol Ridge Restaurant and Bar on Locust in downtown Walnut Creek. During one visit, I tried the fish tacos with jicama orange slaw. On another visit, I enjoyed their thick slices of NY Steak. For dessert, I tried the chocolate-stuffed doughnut holes. One word for that—wow! Everything was delicious. The beer selection is vast and cocktails, especially the Bloody Marys, are awesome. The outdoor patio provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere and added to the great food experience. I highly recommend this place—believe me, you won’t be disappointed.

Samantha Sepehr, Steele, George, Schofield, and Ramos, LLP

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