East Bay Restaurants You May Have Missed    

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There are few new real restaurants that have opened in recent weeks in our area. And why I say “real restaurants” is because I try to avoid mentioning fast food places that are generally speaking unworthy of the name. To me, a restaurant is somewhere you go for a pleasant sit down meal. Not just somewhere to refuel. With that in mind, here are a couple of Real Restaurants that you may find worth a visit.

Longport Fish Co, Concord

Recently opened in the Veranda Shopping Center, next to The Yard House, In premises formerly occupied by EMC Seafood, Longport Fish Co is an independently owned restaurant that styles itself as a modern American fish house. They use only sustainable seafood and it’s worth noting that it’s not just about fish. They have a wood burning grill they use for steaks and chops as well as fish

The restaurant has a spacious feel with high ceilings, modern and attractive décor with a full bar. There is also a raw bar with choices including an Ahi Tuna Poke and a Shrimp Ceviche as well as a changing selection of oysters, and there is a lengthy list of appetizers that includes Shrimp Taquitos, Crispy Cauliflower, Baked Oysters and the ubiquitous Fried Calamari. That’s in addition to a decent variety of soups and salads.

Moving on to main course, there is a lot of choice here. The wood burning grill offerings include Spanish Style Shrimp Skewer, a Mixed Seafood Grill, Korean Style Skirt Steak and a half chicken, while non-grilled entrees include Fish and Chips, Lobster Mac and Cheese and Cioppino.  There is also a selection of sandwiches including various burgers and fries, a Fried Cod Sandwich and a Maine Lobster Roll. There really is something for everybody here.

Customer reviews are mostly very positive, although some complain about it being expensive but menu prices seem in line with similar restaurants of this level of dining to me. Longport Fish Co is a welcome addition to the East Bay restaurant scene where there is always a place for a good fish restaurant, especially one that is not just another fast food place. This would be a good choice for a really nice meal.

Longport Fish Co., 2015 Diamond Blvd., #100, Concord


Virtue and Vice, Danville

Here’s another new one you may not have heard of. Virtue and Vice is a new restaurant hidden away in the heart of downtown Danville where the Peasant and the Pear was before they relocated. With a pleasant, modern ambiance, It is self-described as an independent upscale restaurant and bar serving a globally inspired menu of gourmet comfort food.

The Virtue menu is food and the Vice menu is drinks, where there are around a dozen imaginative cocktails and a lengthy wine list with many wines by the glass as well as the bottle at varying price points. Ready to splurge? – try a 2017 Silver Oak Cabernet at $130.

The Virtue menu is reassuringly short, yet quite varied. There are salads and quite a few lighter bites – Grilled Asparagus, Satay Skewers and Brussel Sprouts, for example. Also some more substantial dishes like Grilled Salmon, Grass Fed Beef Medallions and a 10oz Ribeye, the latter being priced at $36. There is also a weekend brunch menu which features a number of omelets among other items.

Virtue and Vice is certainly worth a visit and is likely to become a very popular addition to the Danville scene.

Virtue and Vice, 267 Hartz Avenue, Danville


Do you know of any new restaurants in our area  that we have missed, or even established ones you think we should feature? If so, email team@bernardgibbons.com and we will do out best to review them.