Fantastic cuisine set in a laid-back ambience, Emilio's Delicatessen and Catering features terrific fast food and good pizza. It's a favorite spot for visitors seeking incredible food.
There's no specific recommended attire, so feel free to dress casually and comfortably.
There really is something for everyone, with gluten-free options, as well as low-fat and vegetarian items on the robust menu. Plus, it's been tabbed by the locals as a really solid option for large groups. In addition to its quick service (take-out is available), the restaurant also offers delivery, and can even cater an event for you.
When you add it all up, Emilio's Delicatessen and Catering is definitely a good call.
Cuisine: classic Italian dishes made from seasonal ingredients
Number of locations: 9
States it’s in: 4—California, Washington, Colorado, and Texas
Year founded: 1987
Pizza cooking method: stone-hearth ovens
Pasta highlights: chef’s daily risotto, spinach-ricotta ravioli, fettucine with gulf prawns
Signature pizzas: pepperoni, margherita, fennel sausage with wild mushroom
Happy hour: small plates, wine, and draft beer
The Brass Door: A User’s Guide
Classic Steakhouse | Prime Rib | Cocktail Lounge | Blue Plate Specials
Prime rib: it’s their signature item, and you can get it in steak form or sandwich form, including as a French dip sandwich with au jus
From the saute station: calamari Siciliano stuffed with Dungeness crab and bay shrimp
From the fryer: deep-fried gulf prawns with steak fries and coleslaw
What To Drink: a selection from the extensive wine list, which is loaded with Livermore Valley, Napa Valley, and California wines.
It Started As: the 8/5 club. Howard “Shorty” Schlesinger opened the club in 1946, naming it after his favorite odds at the track. With space for 20 diners, this stop along Highway 21 featured steamed beer, fried chicken, and a row of nickel slot machines. In 1955, Howard relinquished the reins to his son Mick and a local milkman named Dick Basso, who renamed the spot The Brass Door. Despite several renovations and one fire, The Brass Door still retains its old-world charm, but now seats more than 200 guests.
Who’s Running Things Now: Dick Basso’s son, Danny, who took over the restaurant in 1974.
While You’re Waiting
Have a drink while hanging out in the full cocktail lounge, where eight TVs broadcast the day’s big games.
Inside Tip: There are daily blue plate specials consisting of hearty meals served at a discounted price, so be sure to check out an online listing of these daily specials before you visit.
Fun Fact: * The deep fryer operates on soybean oil and is free of trans fats.
Béarnaise: Essentially a hollandaise with different seasonings, this popular steak sauce consists of a base of emulsified butter, egg yolks, and vinegar flavored with shallots, tarragon, and pepper.
If you have yet to eat at Diablo Deli, it's a great time to enjoy the popular deli. The reasonable prices allow visitors to focus on what matters: the perfect quality.
Thanks to its outdoor seating, the restaurant is a fantastic option when you want to soak up some of that California sun. There's no specific recommended attire, so feel free to dress casually and comfortably. Also, though the overall price can be a bit on the low side, you won't be sacrificing any quality. In fact, you should be able to enjoy a good meal for $11 or $12, and can probably get in and out for $8 if you try.
For those watching what they eat, the menu does feature healthy items and it's been tabbed as a nice option for both families with children and large groups. WiFi is available if you want to get some work done, and in addition to its convenient take-out menu, the restaurant even provides catering for events around town.
Specializing in lunch, you won't walk away from Diablo Deli disappointed. Don't worry about trying to find a spot on the street, as visitors to the restaurant do have access to a private parking lot nearby. Should you prefer to pedal over there, bicycle parking's also provided.
Ruggie's Restaurant serves up an endless selection of sandwiches, such as a turkey club or BLT.
Don't expect to find any low-fat fare on Ruggie's Restaurant's menu — you'll need to be prepared to indulge a bit.
Ruggie's Restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at Ruggie's Restaurant, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Enjoy wifi here free of cost.
Be sure to make reservations so you can get seated right away.
Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Ruggie's Restaurant also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
If time is of the essence, Ruggie's Restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
Score! Ruggie's Restaurant provides free parking to all diners in the lot next door.
When you need great food that is not going to cost an arm and a leg, stop by Ruggie's Restaurant.
The breakfast menu receives the most rave reviews from patrons, but you can also stop in for lunch and dinner later in the day.
Since 1993, Sweet Celebrations has helped hosts maximize festivities by carrying decorations and accouterments for any variety of shindig. In-house printing services run off custom invitations, banners, and candy-bar wrappers for birthdays, weddings, and baby's first dentist appointment. Sweet Celebrations' delivery service can bring balloon bouquets or arches directly to a local party venue, eliminating the risk of a party host popping balloons or floating to the moon instead of making it home.