A few new updates: Our favorite Mexican place now is El Capitan, in the same shopping center as Buster's. It has filled the hole that Salsa Brava left as it got less and less consistent, and I think is even better.
The Lumberyard was a miss for me the first time I tried it, but someone dragged me back, the menu has expanded, the portion sizes went down to reasonable and sides got added, and now I recommend it. It was more bar-food before, but now it's got a good range of dishes that takes it out of that category.
I don't think anybody mentioned Greek Islands here. It's tucked in a strange little place, on a side street off S. San Francisco, and the seating and building are nothing to write home about, but the food is wonderful and the staff friendly. The owner is Greek and it shows.
New on Fourth Street: Satchmo's. Their catfish is AMAZING, their BBQ done perfectly; great use of seasonings in all of their food, although lots of people rave about the tater tots and I don't find them to be anything special. They fairly recently moved from another location and gained a bigger kitchen and they're always working on adding new things to the menu, asking customers' opinions, and so on. Along the same strip mall is Nelly's Soul Food Kitchen, but it doesn't even come close to competing.
Roma Pizza has just closed their long-time location near the university, although they still have a restaurant on the east side of town. NiMarco's, which I had tried recently for the first time in decades, opened another branch in the former Roma's spot. When I ate at the original NiMarco's location I was pleasantly surprised. The pizza was quite well done and they had a good selection of wings I'd order again.
That's all I can think of for now!
For breakfast, Brandy's is always reliable. I've also heard good things about the breakfast in particular at Criollo downtown but haven't tried it myself.
This is an old thread but I'll bump it up with some new opinions.
I second Pato Thai--once you go, you'll never go to any other Thai place in town. It's outstanding.
I also second Picazzo's--great salads as well as creative pizza toppings. The bagel crust pizza is our favorite.
Delhi Palace in the Walmart shopping center has good Indian food; I prefer the menu over the buffet. The buffet at the Himalayan Grill is better.
Favorite go-to place for lunch: Brandy's, up on Cedar. The Brandy Melt (turkey, green apple, green chiles, and pesto mayo on sourdough) is my standard, but the specials are always good, and they have terrific gingerbread chai, too.
Last time we tried the Matterhorn Grill, it had improved greatly over the time before--I believe they're under new ownership, and are much more authentically German than before.
I think Beaver Street has gone downhill, though it's still great for summer evenings in the beergarten.
I hear wonderful things about the new Tinderbox, though I haven't been there yet.
Just tried the new burger place on the square downtown, Diablo Burger; wasn't a fan of the seating (they said they were getting ready to put some tables outside) or the English muffin in place of a hamburger bun, but the meat was outstanding.
That's all I've got for now!
We visited the Mayflower Cuisinier in Las Vegas last time we were there and absolutely loved it, but it was shortly before they were to close and move into the Palazzo. Websites are live for both the Mayflower and for Woo Restaurant, but I can't find any recent information about either here on Chowhound. The DH is heading to Las Vegas next week and I wanted to suggest he try Woo--any chowhounds have any recent experiences there?