Bridge & Tunnel: The Best of East Bay
These are some of my favorite place over the bridge & through the tunnel along the first half of the 680.
The benefits of eating bridge & tunnel food:
- It's less expensive
- Parking is not much of a problem
- You can go on a nice walk with actual trees after your meal
Zachary's Pizza (Pleasant Hill, CA & San Ramon, CA)
Category: Food - Pizza
I'm drooling thinking about this place. Zachary's has FANTASTIC sauce. In secret, I've been trying to replicate it.
Prima Italian (Walnut Creek, CA)
Category: Food - Italian
If you're feeling fancy, this place has great food and wine. It's also not as snooty as most Italian restaurants. It's comfortable, you can take your time, and you have a nice view of North Main St.
Coffee Shop (Walnut Creek, CA)
Category: Drink - Coffee
Yes. It's called Coffee Shop. It is the best option for coffee in the area. They rotate their roasts, so you get to try a lot of different coffee/espresso. See my review here.
Hop Grenade (Concord, CA)
Category: Drink - Beer
This place is located in Todos Santos Plaza, has outdoor seating, and allows you to bring your own food. Oh yeah- and the beer is great. They have a large selection, and always have new things on tap.
Coco Swirl (Pleasant Hill, CA)
Category: Drink - Bubble Tea
I've already about this place in my Bay Area Boba list. Their boba is legit. And they have the option of real milk. They'll customize your drink with no sassiness- all you have to do is ask.
Morruci's Si Mangia Bene (Walnut Creek, CA)
Category: Food - Sandwiches, Lunch
The sandwiches here are bomb. The ingredients are fresh. Unfortunately this place is always mobbed. I recommend going at weird times.
Amakara (Dublin, CA)
Category: Food - Sushi
OK. I know sushi rolls aren't authentically Japanese, but that doesn't change the fact that they are delicious! This place makes the most EPIC sushi rolls in the Bay Area. There. I said it. The line is always outrageous, so go at weird times.
Plearn (Walnut Creek, CA)
Category: Food - Thai
This place is authentic as it gets. Anyone who tells you that Kacha Thai Bistro is better has never seen the intricate outfits that the waiters that Plearn wear. I came in for a to-go order and one of the waitresses sat and talked to me because I was alone. The Thai food is the best on this side of the tunnel.
Buon Vin (Walnut Creek, CA)
Category: Drink - Wine
A cute little wine tasting place in WC that charges $10 for wine tasting and charges no more than $20 per bottle. It's cute, and the owner knows a lot about wine.
It's definitely not the most comfortable venue for tasting, but if you want a inexpensive wine tasting, and don't want to go to Sonoma or Napa, this is your best bet in the area.
Another cool thing about this place is that you can reserve the room in the back for private tastings. For $25 per person, you can have unlimited tasting. Additionally, you can bring in your own food.
El Alguila Mexican Restaurant (Pleasant Hill, CA)
Category: Food - Mexican
Being a Texan, I often crave tacos and have taco emergencies. El Alguila's tacos are unique and on point. It's a clean hole-in-the-wall. Some of their food is a little pricey, but that's because of the delicious quality. This place is Texan-approved.
Sideboard Coffee (Danville, CA)
Category: Food - American, Lunch
Love this place. It's SO very Danville. See this post.
What do you think - do you have any other suggestions? Any other contenders? Comment below.
If you like these posts, you'll likely like my other food-related posts:
- Best Bay Area Chicken Biryani (Indian)
- Bay Area Burmese
- Bay Area Beer Bars
- Best Bay Area Boba
- Best Bay Area Chicken & Waffles
- Best of Oakland Magazine