April 8, 2009

Orinda: Casa Orinda; restaurant review

Greater East Bay

Casa Orinda  

20 Bryant Way/Moraga Way, (925) 254-2981. D daily M-Sat 4-10, Sun 4-9; $$-$$$. Reservations advised.

This former roadhouse feels to have been here forever, but actually Casa Orinda has only been 75 years. Seating is in three rooms, mostly at tables with chairs, but a wall of banquettes is also an option. The cowboy decor includes large oil paintings of Old West scenes and a gun case, plus a stuffed moose head over the fireplace. Options on the all-American steak-and-potatoes menu include a stellar fried chicken (marinated in buttermilk overnight and then fried in a pressure cooker) served with mashed potatoes and gravy and a really good biscuit with honey, plus old-time Italian dishes—think chicken cacciatore and veal piccata.

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