Restaurants in and around Livermore California

I have been fortunate to grow up in a family where good food was important. My mother was an excellent cook and I got my early cooking instruction from her. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area I also had the opportunity to eat at some good restaurants. In short, I'm a bit of a foodie.

Currently I'm a foodie who lives in Livemore. Although Livermore is located in the San Francisco East Bay and is only an hour from San Francisco and Silicon Valley (assuming you're not stuck in traffic), Livermore does not have the sophistication of many of the near by towns. As I noted on my web page on food in Barcelona (A Bear Samples Barcelona Restaurants), Livemore is a town where you can't go out on a Sunday and get a decent breakfast. After one breakfast misadventure I felt like going back to the kitchen and showing the cook how to fry potatoes. Unlike Berkeley (the location of the famous Chez Panisse Restaurant) or San Francisco, there is not a lot of local sophistication in the restaurant fare.

There are, however, some good restaurants in Livermore and the near by area. I've listed some here that are either well reviewed or that I've personally been to. The reviews come from The Valley Times newspaper. The ordering of the restaurants on this web page is not significant.

Ian Kaplan, January 2007

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