Eating our way around the Bay

This President's Day Weekend, we had some relatives from Colorado visit our little corner of the country. They came with a mission; to visit as many Bay Area restaurants on Guy Fieri's list of Diner's, Drive-Ins, and Dives. I've never seen the show, but each restaurant we visited this past weekend was a success. For good measure, we threw in a couple of our own "dives", that Nick and I enjoy visiting, and quite literally ate our way around the Bay Area this rainy weekend.
First up, we took our guests to one of our favorite spots to get drinks, The Grand Tavern. This place is within walking distance of our apartment and offers a cozy atmosphere to get drinks with friends. The Tavern has a decent bar list, tasty social skins, and comfy chairs.  

From there we made our way to another walking-distance restaurant for some amazing Italian in a funky atmosphere. Spettro's Porcini Mushroom Ravioli is a great choice!
The next morning, we graced Lynn & Lu's Escapade Cafe with our presence and enjoyed giant pancakes and all variations of Eggs Benedict. 
On our continued quest for delicious food, we visited Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe, in Emeryville. This is an eclectic little diner with great burgers.
Can you believe we're still eating?? Next on our list was Meal Ticket in Albany. This place served a delicious breakfast and was refreshingly quiet, compared to some of the busier breakfast places we tried. 
We attempted more places on The List, but others had heard of their popularity and waits were over an hour long. So we settled for another local favorite, Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers, which has the best sweet potato fries.
So ends our 3-day long food marathon. Nick and I are still trying to make a dent in all the left overs we accumulated over the weekend. If you want to know more about the list of great restaurants, or visit some in your part of the country, check out Flavor Town USA.

The Grand Tavern found here.
Spettro found here.
Lynn & Lu's found here.
Rudy's found here.
Meal Ticket found here.
Barney's found here


  1. Courtney and I swear by Lynn and Lu's and I love love love Rudy's! Especially their Shakin' Jesse!

  2. Oh my gosh! Nick and I are at Lynn and Lu's at least twice a month for brunch; it's our fav!

  3. Inspired by your post I got Stevie and Joanie to join me at Rudy's tonight for dinner - loved the burgers! Heard about this place when it opened and promptly forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder.


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