It was dirty dishes,my water glass had old lipstick on it, bad service, terrible food ( burned ) ,every things was so bad experience. I really hate that place , and never go back , never refer any body to this place .01/23/2010
1 Star Location = 1
1 Star Cleanliness = 1
1 Star Service = 1
2 Stars Food = 1.4 dinner plus dessert
I'm not a local, most Chow ratings are by locals. I spent some time on a recent trip dropping by Walnut Creek to spend some time with Dick, my decades-long mentor, who is, as he put it, an agnostic with a Presbyterian soul. Chow was one of his three choices. I'll also put a small writeup on Yahoo! local so I can include pics.
On a balmy May night, Chow is a nice place for a meal. Tucked away in a quiet, shady, older corner of Lafayette it has lots of outdoor tables, indoor dining opening outside and a picturesque gleaming bar. Saturday May 16, 2009 the place was packed. That night it was not a quiet, intimate eatery, it orbited the family dining, conversation, and local hangout planet.
We both had lamb burgers, the special. They were good. I've had better lamb, worse lamb and much worse burgers. I'm an NA beer drinker. They serve St. Pauli Girl NA and I was very happy with that. Drinking American NAs are like renting expensive water. You heard me Mr. O'Doul. Ditto on you Coors NA. The Germans know how to brew NA. St. Pauli Girl inspired a story from Dick about he and Beth ending up in the St. Pauli District of Hamburg, the red light district, on one of their return trips from Africa or Korea. Guided by a fellow expat they caught a dinner and somewhat risque show when that obvious bachelor took them to town. Dick you sly dog! I never thoguht you and your St Paul girl would catch a burlesque dinner show in a red light district. I'll never think of St. Pauli Girl the same way again Dick. I digress.
We ate outdoors. Service was very attentive. My sweet tooth howls at the moon so we finished the meal with the ginger cake and pumpkin ice cream. My taste buds howled when I sampled that dense gingerbread cake. I forgot to take a picture before digging in. Gingerbread, pumpkin ice cream, whipped cream & ginger sauce, presented well. A great mix of flavors and textures. A very good dessert for ginger lovers. Topped it off with decent coffee and I was a happy boy.
Dick and I haven't visited in person for about three years. We spent most of our time talking through some of the fascinating topics Dick's monumental intelligence accumulates. Lots of it about atheism, agnosticism, deism, Carl Jung, the brain, religious experience and cerebral hemorrhage. More observation and detail focusing on Chow will have to wait for a solo visit.
A point about the place I noticed is that the young wait staff had no respect for age. While putting in our name for a table, the young and beauteous hostess looked right through Dick, speaking only to me. Most of the questions and service banter through the evening was with me. Dick was mostly ignored. Shame on ya Y21K generation. Shame on us Boomers for raising disrespectful kids. You have no idea what you are missing. In cultures still maintaining tradition in the face of modern hurricanes of change, elders get respect for their longevity, experience and knowledge. Shame on ya my nation for not remembering and respecting those who've built the world we live in today. Lets see what civilzation is like when we are 86. We'll be praying for a little more Presbyterian soul come 2050. I digress.
Would I bring my wife here for dinner? Yes.
Cost, 2 lamb burgers, 2 ginger cakes, 2 coffees and a St. Pauli Girl, $50.00 plus tip.
We stop here a lot on our way home from the city. We have even driven here from Discovery Bay, which is 40 minute drive. Love the food and service is always friendly (even when busy).
Please Chow look into Brentwood or Discovery Bay, you would do great out here.
The servers are very bitter from getting tatooed one too many times.
One even wrote in his own extra $10.00 tip, after I left a cash tip.
The food can be good if you are willing to argue with the server to not let it sit forever in the kitchen and specify Fresh, not leftover grunge!
Never has failed to disappoint.. consistently mediocre. Whether it's tasteless entrees, over-priced food, or over-crowded (just why, I have never understood) Chow restaurant is one I now avoid.. and working a block from it makes this harder than you might imagine. On my final visit with some clients our fresh-squeezed lemonaid came with a healty infusion of fresh garlic -- apparently Chow doesn't clean its cutting boards.
With its great location and nice ambiance it's a real shame Chow can't do a better job on their food. I will give them one star for allowing dogs on the outdoor eating area.. just don't have too long a leash as the tight-packed patio is adjacent to the sidewalk and constantly passing peds and vehicle traffic.
The food at Chow is great. Several of the items change seasonally, but the favorites are always there (the BLT is awesome). Their desserts, especially their cobbler, are some of the best I've had at a restaurant.
The downsides are the service, which can be so-so, and the very very long waits. Too bad they don't take reservations and their hostesses are all pretty snotty.
Coming to Chow is a different experience. Chow is about casual dining, casual dress, but exceptional food. Some people are bothered by the appearance of the staff which is understandable but you know what, this isn't fine dining. The whole look and atmosphere of the place is suppossed to be relaxing. The staff here is wonderful, frendly, and will go out of their way to help you out. They are great at accomidatig special needs. I'm a vegan and they have been great about offering up different dishes that meet my needs. I recently have begun working there and it is probably one of the cleanest restaurants I have ever worked at. The food is a bit pricy but for a good reason. Almost everything there is organic, free range, healthy, etc and it is worth the extra money. Call in ahead of time to avoid a long wait! If you are waiting, browse in the market or have a drink in the meantime. Keep an open mind and give it a shot, it is a very different experience.
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