Rocco's Ristorante & Pizzeria | Va de Vi | Babushka Russian Deli and Restaurant | Vanessa’s Bistro 2 | Dragon's Pond

Attempt the Dominator Pizza at Rocco's Ristorante & Pizzeria Near Avalon Walnut Creek

For Rocco Biale, the restaurant business is the family business. His grandfather, a butcher, used to run a shop in San Francisco. Another relative opened an eatery on the island of Waikiki. The business is in his blood. So it probably came as no surprise to his family when Rocco announced he'd be opening Rocco's Ristorante & Pizzeria in Walnut Creek, not far from Avalon Walnut Creek. Now years later, local patrons understand why the Biale family is so deeply rooted in the restaurant biz: it's where they belong.

That much is evident from the upscale Italian cuisine served at Rocco's. You shouldn't leave without trying a pizza, particularly the Dominator pie—a signature pizza named for Rocco's son. It boasts practically every meat you could think of: ham, sausage, salami, pepperoni, linguica. With some mushrooms and onions added for good measure, the Dominator pie easily squashes cravings. You can also order pasta, a salad, or a sandwich at Rocco's, if you prefer.

Rocco's Ristorante & Pizzeria
2909 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
(925) 947-6105

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Catch Up With Friends Over Tapas and Wine at Va de Vi Near Avalon Walnut Creek

Tapas may have originated in Spain, but they didn't stay there. Today, you can enjoy tapas right in Walnut Creek at Va de Vi, and the inspiration behind them comes from all over the globe.

You'll taste hints of Italy, Greece, and Latin America—as well as Spain—in every bite of your meal at Va de Vi. Order a handful of small plates to pass around your table and enjoy with friends. The oxtail croquettes with braised oxtail, potato puree, and sherry-pimenton aioli transports the taste buds to another land. So does the spicy ahi tempura roll. However, there are also many more familiar American options, such as Niman Ranch beef sliders (only offered at lunch) and the pork tenderloin cutlets with sweet potatoes.

Make sure to give Va de Vi's wine list a glance before ordering—it plays host to a wide variety of wines that are represent countries all over the world, just like the fare. Make the quick trip from Avalon Walnut Creek to Va de Vi for a feast of international cuisine.

Va de Vi
1511 Mt. Diablo Boulevard
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 979-0100

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Babushka Russian Deli and Restaurant Near Avalon Walnut Creek: Authentic Russian Fare the Way Grandma Would Make It

"Babushka" means grandmother in Russian, so it's a fitting name for Walnut Creek's Babushka Russian Deli and Restaurant. After all, this eatery serves home-style Russian fare—the same that a babushka would make for her family.

Not far from Avalon Walnut Creek on Newell Avenue, Babushka Russian Deli and Restaurant is run by a family who takes great pride in creating authentic food for their customers. Ease into your meal with one of Babushka's traditional soups. Options include the solyanka, a soup teeming with veggies, sausage, and herbs. However, the borscht might be more familiar to new diners. It's a common Russian soup made with beets, cabbage, and carrots.

Once you've whet your appetite, dig into one of Babushka's larger entrees. If you're feeling adventurous, order the golubsy (a stuffed cabbage) or any of the blintzes. These savory pastries ooze chicken, cheese, or beef with every bite. The chicken Kiev comes with pan-fried potatoes, and it's another popular item at Babushka.

Babushka Russian Deli and Restaurant
1475 Newell Avenue
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 210-0779

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Vanessa’s Bistro 2: Enjoy Tapas With a Vietnamese Touch Near Avalon Walnut Creek

For Vietnamese fare served in a variety of ways, head to Vanessa's Bistro 2. Guests can enjoy Vietnamese-inspired meat, seafood dishes, sandwiches, and tapas. The tapas are quite popular, especially among groups who venture to the Walnut Creek eatery to share a variety of the small plates.

Yet there's plenty more on the menu at Vanessa's Bistro 2, which is just a short trip away from Avalon Walnut Creek. Try the tuna and salmon poke, maple leaf duck confit lettuce wraps, fresh spring rolls, spicy chicken wings, or the filet mignon salad. For those with a heartier appetite, the sauteed jumbo prawns and five spices maple leaf duck confit might be more satisfying. Vanessa's Bistro 2 also hosts a happy hour, when the popular tapas are on special. Swing by with a group of friends or stop by after work with some of your officemates to take advantage of the deals and sample a variety of dishes.

Vanessa’s Bistro 2
1512 Locust Street
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 891-4790

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Swing by Dragon's Pond Near Avalon Walnut Creek for Lunch

You're tired of packing a lunch to take to work every day and you don't feel like ordering from the same old takeout place. Mix things up a bit and swing by Dragon's Pond. This Walnut Creek eatery near Avalon Walnut Creek serves Mandarin-style Chinese fare. The service is said to be pretty quick here so you could stop on your lunch break for a more exciting mid-day meal.

There are plenty of lunch specials and the traditional dishes are always on the menu. Opt for the orange beef, kung pao prawns, or the general Tso's chicken. To complement your meal, order the green onion pancake, crab meat rangoon, fried wonton, or the pot stickers with chicken, vegetables, or pork. Take a look at the house specialty entrees such as the scallops with spicy garlic sauce, mu-shu duck, drunken pork or chicken, or the portabella mushroom with shrimp. No meal here is complete without the fried banana with ice cream so make sure to leave room for dessert.

Dragon's Pond
1353 Locust St.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 926-0278

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