When Banchero's Restaurant closed in June the news prompted an outpouring of regrets and recollections from Patch readers who had dined there over the 63 years that the family-owned establishment had been in business.
The surprise and sadness have worn off. But the problem remains: where to go for that special dinner now that this family favorite is no more..
Here are some suggestions from readers:
Sharon Morris: Tito's Mexican Restaurant in San Leandro has longevity like Banchero's. It's been open since 1956. I've gone there since 1970 and now drive in from Pleasanton because its the reatest Mexican food. The shrimp fajitas are soooooo good.
Dave Chapman: I took 20 people to Buon Appetito Restaurant in Hayward.
Everything was great.
Carol Parker: Olive Garden near Southland Mall? Gold Coast Grill in Alameda?
Jackie Craig Corrigan and Karen Avon Silva: Elio's in San Leandro.
Lisa Jones: Rigatoni's Restaurant. The food is awesome and they have three locations. It doesn't matter if I'm in Dublin or Hayward. The Castro Valley one is always too crowded for me.
Cheryl Vanderbilt: We like to go to Genghix for family events. Family style meals. Large room in the back. Reasonably priced.
Charmaine Wilcox Tilly agreed: Ghengix every time.
John DeFord: One Italian place we go that has been around for a long time (43 years) is Francesco's in Oakland. Located at Hegenberger and Pardee (near the airport). They have some of that old time atmosphere.
What do you think of these suggestions? Do you have others?