Sunday, January 31, 2010

Lark Creek Walnut Creek

Lark Creek Walnut Creek is located in downtown Walnut Creek. The atmosphere is light, with American charm, additional seating on the sidewalk and an exhibition kitchen. The changing menu, created by Chef Scott Wall includes seasonal, farm-fresh American fare featuring traditional and updated recipes. Sustainable ingredients including produce, meats, poultry, fish, and other products from local ranchers, growers, and fishermen. Desserts are made in house and have a homey flair with both local and regional wines available.

Chef Wall began his culinary career in Danville, California where he was a busboy and prep cook at his godmother’s restaurant. It was in his blood but he did not realize until he was 20, that he attended the California Culinary Academy, that life in a restaurant was his calling.

One of my Account Executives, Patti, won a sales contest and she was able to choose a restaurant for lunch. Patti also requested to be featured on the Authentic Suburban Gourmet blog. We scheduled our adventure and went a couple weeks ago. With good appetites and expectations of a great meal we sat down to review the menu. The server was very attentive and served us bread and butter, which by the way is wonderful. Warm, chewy and crunchy little rolls of goodness. With a smattering of butter, it is a perfect little bite. She offered us beverages and then we placed our order.

We began by sharing the roasted Brussels sprouts with almonds. These were very tasty and came to the table piping hot. I actually prefer a bit of a crispy outside to the Brussels but these were quite delicious. Added a bit of salt and much pepper and then they were perfect for me. Next we were onto our main courses. Patti ordered the Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf, horseradish mashed potatoes and broccoli rabe. She was extremely please with the choice and ate every bite. My favorite salad to order is the Southern Fried Chicken Salad, pickled beets and shafts of blue cheese. Unfortunately, the dressing was had too much vinegar and not enough oil and the fried chicken had hints of fried fish. The beets were divine!

We decided to share the signature dessert of Butterscotch Pudding with chantilly cream and a chocolate chip cookie. They now offer a smaller portion dessert, which was perfect to share. Just enough to have a few bites and then you are done. The dessert was silky, creamy and the butterscotch flavor was outstanding. When the bill was brought over, our server gave us two little squares of homemade caramel candy with bits of nuts. It tasted like a caramel nougat of sorts.

Overall the service was very good. I was a bit disappointed with the food but will return. Perhaps it was an off day for the kitchen staff!

Lark Creek Walnut Creek
1360 Locust St
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 256-1234


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