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 it’s 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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