The wife has to work a conference at the Hyatt in San Ramon in about 10 days, so I am tagging along for a little R&R courtesy of her employers. Her schedule may allow us to do one or two dinners together, and breakfast before we leave for La La Land on Sunday.
The other overriding factor is that I am on the Liquid Diet, and I get one "real" meal a day. So I a gotta be really choosy about that one, brief moment of my drug of choice. One other factor is that I don't want to bring any clothes other than shorts, polo or sport shirts and my deck shoes (sans socks of course), so no fancy schmancy.
Seafood would work best for me, or 'Q or steak or maybe Chinese. We've done Big Horn Grill and I was not impressed, we also did Uncle Yu's which I thought was not bad, but a little pricey. We have done Back 40 BBQ and I liked their stuff. We did Tony Roma's when we were really hungry once (those ersatz BBQ'd ribs and some onion loaf aren't bad, when you are really hungry.)
We also did Hop's in Pleasanton one year (but I don't consider this a shorts and deck shoes place, although it seemed some of the locals did). I was not impressed, my medium rare steak came medium hockey puck. The only saving grace, for me, was our waitress who was a dead-ringer for the deceased actress who used to play the girl who had the hots for "Steve Urkel". Very amply built, and she kept leaning over my shoulder all night. (Boy did she get a good tip.)
We will travel only as far as Danville on the north or Pleasanton on the south (I don't want to be driving around all day.)
I see there are at least a couple of Thai places in San Ramon. I am just getting the wife accustomed to Thai cuisine, any local Thai joints worth it? (It's gotta be good, I don't want to turn her off to this stuff.)
We did Marie Callendars one year for breakfast buffet, YUCK. We have done Coco's in Dublin a few times for breakfast, and that is a last resort (but I heard it may not even be therek anymore). What is really good for breakfast? Is that waffle house in Dublin any good? (I won't be eating breakfast, only the wife, and she likes waffles and french toast.)
Any and all input would be appreciated.
-Your Hungry Brother Down South