Occupation: Flight Attendant
Favorite Restaurant: Pinole Creek Café
Reviewed Pinole Creek Café: Thursday, December 19, 2013
Pinole Creek Café is a small neighborhood family run restaurant in Old Town Pinole. Pinole Creek Café is actually located in an old Victorian home which Raymond and Jinny Kim converted into a restaurant over 25 years ago. As you climb the steps up to the restaurant, it feels like you are going to a friend’s house for dinner. When you enter, you are graciously greeted by a hostess, Ray Jr. or better yet by Mr. Kim himself. He always gives everyone a big hug.
Mr. Kim recommended the prix fixe menu, where for $28 you have a choice of a starter of soup or salad, an entrée selection, and a dessert selection. We all opted for the pix-fixe menu and I also ordered the Crispy Calamari for an appetizer. My Calamari came out as we got our wine. It was over-cooked and a bit chewy, but the chili aioli sort of made up for it. For our starters, I had the Caesar Salad, which was light, simple, nicely dressed and very tasty. Our entrees came out very quickly. I ordered the French Cut Pork Chops. My chops were thick cut, juicy, and tender. The portion sizes were very large…so large in fact that I took my other chop home and had it for breakfast the next morning. We finished off our meals with dessert; I had an Ice Cream Sundae.
The atmosphere was relaxed and the wait staff very pleasant. Mr. Kim was very lively, going around the restaurant talking to all of the guests and stopped by our table several times to crack a few jokes and to see how we were doing. The restaurant isn't large, and tables close, but one could hold a nice conversation with your table mates and not disturb the table next to you and vice versa. All in all, it was a wonderful and affordable dining experience.
Occupation: Landscape Designer
Favorite Restaurant: Murray Circle
Reviewed Pinole Creek Café: Friday, December 13, 2013