For somewhat of a change I have something nice to say about a local restaurant besides Modesto. We had an excellent meal at Pomme, in Clayton. It's a very nice, small restaurant -- not dressy, but not casual either. It's certainly spiffy enough for a special occasion, but won't break the bank. Entrees ranged from $18 - 24. The menu is relatively small, which is a good thing, with a few nightly specials. The menu is french oriented, though a step up from Bistro [i.e., no steak frites or cassoulet], but not overly fancy or precious. There are many hearty dishes. I had braised short ribs with spaetzle, and Ms. W had confit w/ lentils. Both very good. The potato pancake with arugula, cooked apples and goat cheese was excellent appetizer as were the various salads [though I wish there was a salad lyonaisse with lardon and poached egg over frisee]. Our companions had salmon, chicken and eggplant entree, and all were very happy. Wine list was limited but interesting and reasonably priced, and corkage is only $10. The '99 Croze-Hermitage from Guigal, which we ordered, was $28 and an excellent match for the food. The apple pecan tarte and homemade ice cream also were quite good. The only downside was the waiter. What a troll! He was overly affected, rude, condescending and argumentative, and turned off all 6 at our table. None of the other waitstaff, all waitresses, seemed to share his flaws, so maybe he'll get the ax and the only downside to our experienced will be eliminated.