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Any Great East Bay Specialty/Gourmet Stores?

Hi Everyone, I was wondering if anyone knew of any great specialty grocers in the East Bay area (I live in Concord). I'm aware of Andronico's, Whole Food's, Lunardi's etc. I'm interested if anyone knows about any great Cheese Stores, Italian Markets (looking for some nice, excellently sliced Prosciutto di Parma), Asian Food Marts, Old School Butchers with incredible meat selections, etc.

Basically, anything resembling small, family owned businesses that take pride in their selections and offer different selections/service than you would ever find at your local Safeway/Albertsons.

I would prefer places on the Walnut Creek side of the Caldecott if there are any!

Thanks!

Help on entertaining a difficult Boss to please in San Francisco

I've considered House of Prime Rib, that might be up his alley. Harris's is one of my fav places to grab a steak, since we would be wearing Jackets anyways that not an issue, and last time I was there it didn't feel to pretentious. I've also considered Izzy's as another of my favorite joints. My only hesitation is that a steak house wouldn't be a very unique choice or one that shows off west coast dining in general.

Help on entertaining a difficult Boss to please in San Francisco

Price really isn't that large of an issue.... if he feels like he is getting his money's worth. I appreciate the suggestions, my wife and I will have to try some of these restaurants out. Aziza sounds intriguing to me, though I don't know if my boss would be up for it. At least I'll find some places that I will enjoy though!

Help on entertaining a difficult Boss to please in San Francisco

Buckeye huh? Anything that results in a promotion would be worth a little drive. I'll have to check it out, thanks for the tip.

Help on entertaining a difficult Boss to please in San Francisco

I've been hearing a lot about Tadich, though have never tried it. I did go to Sam's Grill a few weeks ago on a scouting mission and thought that might be a place he would enjoy. How would you compare Tadich to Sam's?

Help on entertaining a difficult Boss to please in San Francisco

The owner of my company is coming out to visit me in a few weeks and I need some ideas on where to take him to dinner in San Francisco. The situation is he lives on the East Coast and has the idea in his head that he doesn't like any restaurants on the West Coast.

When I've been out there we typically eat at restaurants that are unpretentious and reasonably priced with generous portions (and really good food). He seems to have a penchant for the tried and true and an aversion to the up and coming "hot spots". As an example we ate at one of the oldest Italian restaurants in the United States for dinner (Ralph's in South Philly).

I'm not looking for any Gary Danko, Aqua, French Laundry type recommendations... just some great food thats not too pricy and not too fancy while being memorable. Any Ideas?