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San Francisco Bay Area Picnic Richmond

Point Richmond Restaurants & Spectacular Shoreline Picnic Area


Restaurants & Bars San Francisco Bay Area Picnic Richmond

Point Richmond Restaurants & Spectacular Shoreline Picnic Area

rworange | | Jun 14, 2005 04:24 AM

Point Richmond is a small, quiet, charming, tree-shaded town near the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge with some interesting restaurants and one of the most spectacular Bay Area parks.

The grassy seaside park with tree shaded picnic areas has panoramic views of the SF Bay. There are places where you can stand and see all three Bay Area Bridges at the same time.

I’m new to the area and hope I can get some recommendations on local restaurants. So far I’ve tried
- Hidden City Café which is owned by a former Chez Panisse alumni
- Great American Hamburgers & Pie Co.

What’s the opinion on the following?

25 WEST – On the window it says Asian American Casual Dining

SU ZHOU – The sign says Chinese restaurant and Sushi Bar. That doesn’t seem good, but it actually got a four star rating from the CC Times and two and a half stars from the Chronicle. There are Chinese dishes, a sushi bar and udon noodles. On Friday nights from 6:30 – 9:30 there is a Chinese Harp player. The restaurant is decorated with 200 year old Chinese artifacts and is named after the city the owners come from in Shanhai, In the link to the Chron review it says they serve “unusual food, such as five-spice-seasoned boiled peanuts and mud-baked beggar's chicken with eight treasures”.
Chron review:

SPOT LIQUORS – has a little bar area in front and seems to be popular

ROSAMARIA'S CAFÉ – Healthy Mexican. Very contemporary looking but always seems empty.

RED PEPPER – Hunan and Mandarin

LITTLE LOUIE'S – Deli that always seems to have a lot of business, but it the food didn’t look amazing.

LITTLE CHINA – seems small but it was packed at lunch

KAO SAN – The CC times gives this Thai restaurant four forks and recommends the basil duck.

HOTEL MAC – They had a sign on the sidewalk for a $8.50 blue plate special. The menu has things like flat iron steak, pot roast and seafood tacos with roasted jalapeno cream sauce and pico de gallo. Don’t see many people in there, but the prices are high from the menu link:

EDIBLES – Seems like a little deli off the town square

CAFE ALTURA - It seems to be a nice little deli with a pleasant outdoor patio

ALL'S FARE – in Brickyard Cove, it seems it is a deli that has a bay view and serves breakfast and lunch

The picnic area at Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline located on a lagoon is one of the prettiest I’ve seen. There is also a working Model Railroad Train Museum. Here are two links with more info and pictures of the park and Keller Beach.

There seem to be two stores to pick up picnic supplies:
POINT RICHMOND MARKET – which seems to be a rather ordinary corner market
SANTA FE MARKET – seems like an upscale gourmet market

It is an accomplishment to be such a charming town in an area that boarders on major oil refineries and the place where it seems every car in the US is unloaded from ships waiting to be reloaded onto trucks and trains. I don’t exaggerate; there are tens of thousands of new cars parked over the hill. And even in that area there is an amazing museum – The SS. Red Oak Victory Ship – a rusting museum that looks like it would be fun to explore. It is open on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday. On Father’s Day, you can have breakfast on the ship. More information in the link about Point Richmond below.

There are all sorts of tug boats, barges and working ships on the road to the ship. There is somewhat of a ship bone yard where the magnificent Wapoma, the last of the steam schooners sits abandoned.

Point Richmond is really a fascinating area. There are some art galleries and there is even a theatre where the musical Ruthless is playing this summer. There are magnificent homes much like Tiburon, some with docks for boats.

You can pick up a pamphlet that has a walking tour of the small town at many of the restaurants. Many of the buildings date to 1900 and you will see saloons, hotels, churches, jails, markets, schools and hospitals. The buildings house businesses now, but they have been preserved. This was the terminus for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad and the tracks are still very active. Winehaven, was one of the largest wineries until prohibition.

I’m hoping to get to know Point Richmond better. I’m going to need to find some good places to eat with all this exploring. So, does anyone have any specific info about the restaurants and markets. What is good? What should be avoided?


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