Dish Derby: Solano Avenue (Albany)

Dish Derby is a fun way to explore foodie-friendly neighborhoods such as Piedmont Ave, Solano Ave, Oakland's Uptown, JLS, the Gourmet Ghetto, Hayes Valley, the Mission, the Embarcadero, etc.. For this month's dish derby, we'll head over to mile-long Solano Avenue for some good eats. ** RSVPs open 2 weeks beforehand **

We'll sample appetizers, entrees and desserts at three different restaurants within walking distance of one another. Here's the schedule for the evening (I've built in time for cashing out & strolling):

Sweet Basil has a fantastic happy hour during which appetizers are $5, beer is $3 and wine is $5; Fonda serves beer & wine in addition to great cocktails. The entree choices at Fonda are quite affordable, and the desserts at Britt-Marie's are mouth-watering.

Logistics:

  • When RSVPing, include your cell number when prompted.
  • Bring cash to expedite paying the bill.
  • Please be on time so that we can all be seated at our reservation time. (consult 511.org for help with directions and public transportation).
  • Please read the FAQ and Ground Rules.

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  • Mikki

    Dish Derby is a brilliant idea! Great food all way around. More importantly fabulous company! I had such a great time!! Thank you for organizing, Tee!!! Oh, happy 200th meetup!

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • beth b

    Yes, it was a great time, fun (silly) group and TERRIFIC food!!!

    June 29, 2013

  • Carissa

    Sorry to have missed this one. Looks like y'all had a great time with some wonderful eats!

    June 29, 2013

  • MJ

    This was so much fun! Perfect timing, great food and awesome company. I enjoyed the whole experience. Thanks for organizing this, Tee. Now I have a few more great restaurants to add to my list.

    1 · June 28, 2013

  • Tee

    Great night out with the ladies. A wide variety of yummy dishes and fantastic company. Thanks for helping me celebrate our 200th meetup!! I completely forgot to give everyone their thank you gifts!! Gah. I still have them so be sure to remind me the next time I see you! Happy 200th!!

    2 · June 28, 2013

  • Sara

    Fantastic! Thanks, Tee!

    1 · June 28, 2013

  • MJ

    Horrible, horrible traffic leaving walnut creek. I'm going to be a little late.

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok Wait Listers, I am going to be too late to enjoy the first stop on this great Dish Derby. So I want to let someone else take the spot if they're free for the whole event. Bon appetit!

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm running late. I left a voicemail for Tee asking if I should arrive late or let someone on the wait list take my spot. FYI to wait listers! I'll be in touch.

    June 28, 2013

  • Tee

    T-minus 70 minutes, I'm so excited!! Don't forget to bring cash to make paying easy. Thx!

    June 28, 2013

  • Carissa

    Can't make it after all. Stuck at work until 5. :(.

    June 24, 2013

    • Tee

      bummed :(

      June 28, 2013

  • Jennesis

    I'm in ladies!

    1 · June 27, 2013

  • Tee

    One spot open. Any takers?!

    June 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    OMG I would love to go but (boo hoo) I'm going to Chez Panisse with the SF Foodies ... hopefully, you'll do the crawl more often.

    June 27, 2013

    • Tee

      Thx for letting us know, Toby. We plan to host dish derbies monthly so stay tuned for the next outing. Enjoy Chez Panisse! I'm so glad Alice Waters was able to re-open.

      June 27, 2013

  • beth b

    Just looked at all the menus and my mouth is watering!! Tee, this looks fantastic, thx for putting it together :-)

    1 · June 27, 2013

  • sandra

    Will this be family style dining or each for their own?

    June 26, 2013

    • Tee

      We'll probably dine family style for the appetizers, then we can decide as a group re: entrees at Fonda and dessert at Brit Marie's. I really don't want to exclude anyone, but if you have dietary restrictions or severe allergies, you might want to sit this one out. Better to be safe than sorry! :)

      June 26, 2013

  • Tee

    This is going to be epic!! So happy to see so many familiar faces (Martha, Laura, Sandra!), folks I've missed (David!), and my road dawgs (MJ, Mike, Carissa). It's on!

    1 · June 16, 2013

    • Mike

      Well, at least get me a doggy bag.

      1 · June 24, 2013

    • beth b

      you'll have to sit up and beg for it :-)

      1 · June 24, 2013

  • Mike

    Barring any further changes, this will be our 200th event.

    2 · June 19, 2013

    • Tee

      We'll have to do something special then!

      1 · June 24, 2013

  • beth b

    dang, you foodies are too quick for me! again!

    June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yay, this is going to be fun! And, I get to eat Thai with Tee. And see Martha again :-) Cupcakers unite, lol. Looking forward to meeting the rest of you!

    1 · June 15, 2013

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