Greater East Bay
Pear Street Bistro 2395 San Pablo Ave., (510) 741-8875. L M-Sat, D daily, SunBr; $$. Situated in Pinole’s historic downtown, this bar and restaurant is spacious and inviting and prepares everything fresh. The large eclectic menu has something for everyone. I especially enjoyed the prawn-avocado salad dressed with a tasty cocktail sauce and served with delicious house-fried corn chips, and also the pulled pork-and-slaw sandwich. Next time I plan to try the pear-gorgonzola salad and fried chicken sliders.
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