I have a friend who's visiting CA on a business trip and is 'stuck' in Sacramento. I live in Berkeley. We're trying to see if we can arrange to meet up for dinner somewhere roughly in between, on Sunday. I'm not at all familiar with ANY place to eat North of Albany, really! If my friend drives most of the way down here, I'd at least like to shorten his driving time a little. Can anyone recommend a decent place to eat, near either side of the Carquinez bridge, say? Or just as far from Berkeley going North as you can go and still get decent food :)
I'm hoping for somewhere definitely NOT a chain restaurant, and preferably not in a mall (stop laughing!). A more-elegant-than-storefront setting would be nice. Cuisines : "Cal-med", Italian, good seafood, Thai maybe... would be good choices for us. Steakhouses or Mexican - no not our thing.
I know it's a bit of a tall order, but, any advice?
Thanks so much!