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Restaurants & Bars

El Sobrante Changes - Banh Mi, Filipino, Joe's, Lion's Den

rworange | May 20, 200612:45 AM     2

Dr. Biggles clued me in that Joe of Joe's of El Sobrante, sold the restaurant, packed his bags and moved to Las Vegas.

I stopped by but didn't order anything. The change is not too aparant yet. Minor decorating changes. The menu looks the same. Supposedly an Italian couple bought it.

There are two new places coming to Plaza Sobrante (where the drive-thru Subway, Jones BBQ and The Cellar is located).

The Indian Curry/Pizza place is gone to be replaced by a Vietnamese/Thai place that will serve Pho and Banh Mi. Looked like there is a nice job of redecorating going on. I think the color scheme is pink and there was a crystal chandelier.

The Filipino Cuisine will be a new Filipino restaurant.

Has any one ever tried the Chinese Place in that Plaza?

Also, it is probably not new, but has anyone ever tried Lion's Den next to Joe's. When I decided I didn't want to try Italian, I thought I'd check out Lion's Den next door.

It looked like a divy bar. It is really odd though. The menu has some pricy entrees (salmon $19) and stuff like dry-aged steak and organic veggies.

However, the place looks like a bare bones Mexican,Chinese, Thai ... take your pick ... joint. There is a dance floor and live music on Friday night. However, driving by there tonight there STILL were no cars.

To make matters worse, since I wasn't willing to throw big bucks at an unknown entity ... and when I spend $19 for a piece of salmon, the place needs to at least take a stab at decor or have a view ... anyway, they guy running the place says he can knock a few bucks off the menu price. When I asked what was good, of course he mentioned the most expensive thing on the menu. Lion's Den indeed.

And yet ... there was always Runway Restaurant in Hempstead, Long Island. It was the worst looking dive in the world, ripped red plastic booths, divy bar. When we ordered the steak, it came out on a sizzling platter with some of the best fries I ever had. And though I was maybe nine at the time, I still remember that meal.

Any chance that Lion's Den could be another Runway Restaurant?

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