Set out to celebrate a Bday and try many WC places we'd never been to.
Started at Pyramid for a brew... great beer.
Off to WC Yacht Club. Had some excellent oysters and a somewhat typical seared ahi appetizer. It was excellent as was the service at the bar.
Around the corner to Prima for a lobster and porcini crepe/canneloni appetizer with a glass of Veuve. The sauce tasted like cream of mushroom to me and the crepe was chewy. Service was slow/harried for a not too busy evening. Veuve was yummy :-) Not sure I'd go back.
Another block to Lark Creek. A potato, smoked salmon and bacon app sounded promissing, but really missed for somereason I can't quite pinpoint. Menu was pretty uninspiring. I doubt I'll muster the enthusiasm to return.
At 9:20 we tried to go to Va Di Vi, but were informed they were closed. C'mon people, we may live in the East Bay, but closing that early? So, against my better judgement we went to Il Fornaio. Had a rare NY steak sittin gon a bed of sauteed spinach atop a slice of crusty bread and accompanied by a weighty demi sauce. This was really very good. Everything was properly handled. A Ridge Sonoma Station Zin paired nicely with this. I expect decent wine from Ridge, but this zin being one of their lower priced offering really pleasantly surprised me. Service was accomodating at friendly.
So, our general conclusion is that for $6-8 in BART fare we can eat at first tier places in Oak or SF for a modest increase in cost. I think we'll keep jumping on BART.