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I could have made a meal out of the two complimentary dips the server brought to our table: the hummus dip and the roasted tomato, garlic, bell pepper and olive tapenade dip were paired with a glass full of crisp, slightly salty breadsticks and oh so delicious.

But I was out for a business meeting with two lady friends I hadn’t met before and hogging the appetizers wouldn’t have been very lady like thing.

Besides, the lunch menu at 1515 Restaurant Lounge offers something for every hunger level, taste and price point.

The Main Street restaurant and bar owned by Tony Dudum, the cousin of Jeff Dudum of Dudum Sports and Entertainment, earned a "Best of the East Bay" award for best new bar by Diablo Magazine last year.

My new friend Tracy ordered the pulled pork quesadilla, which is made with Cotija cheese, a salty cheese made from hard cow’s milk that is named after the town of Cotija in Michocan, Mexico. The stuffed flour tortilla was served with salsa, sour cream and guacamole for $12. She said every bite was different because of the many sides that came with the dish. Another Mexican dish that looked good was the fish tacos made with grilled swordfish, green and red cabbage, cold black beans, corn salad, fresh pineapple habanera and avocado tomatillo salsa for $13.

I had the Greek salad with cucumber, red and green bell peppers, red onions, kalamata olives, tomato, pepperoncini, feta cheese and balsamic vinegar topped with grilled prawns for $13. The salad was not only healthy, but filling.

My friend Linda also went with a salad, and although she had been to 1515 before, she again ordered the salmon nicoise, a generous portion of grilled salmon served on a bed of lettuce with fingerling potatoes, green beans, plum tomatoes, red onions, roasted bell peppers, kalamata olives, and egg. It was tossed in a light dijon vinaigrette. Linda also agreed that the salad portion was a filling meal and paired well with the crisp bread sticks.

The wait staff is attentive but not overbearing and you never feel rushed. We lingered for at least 30 minutes after eating and nobody bothered us. The nice thing about 1515 is you can sit outside on the patio or inside at a table. Or you can sit inside on the edge of the outside patio at a tall table, getting a slight breeze but also staying warm on crisp fall and winter days.

Other lunch options include flatbread pizzas for $15, hot sandwiches for $11 to $14, entrees, such as porcini crusted pan seared halibut for $20 and Italian sausage polenta for $14. While the lunch crowd is mostly friends out for a bite, and downtown Walnut Creek workers, 1515 has also emerged as hot night spot for the after-work crowd. With two flat screen televisions, a juke box, full bar and an impressive wine list that features wines and champagnes from around the world, the weekend crowd often spills onto Main Street on warm evenings.

The cocktail menu is unique and offers such things as a Pacific Breeze, made with Ketel One vodka, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, grapefruit juice, Aperol, muddled basil and splash of cranberry juice; a Lychee Blossum, made with Tozai sake, lychee liqueur, jasmine tea, simple syrup, and fresh lemon juice; and a strawberry/basil gimlet, a combination of Bombay Sapphire gin, fresh strawberries and basil, squeezed lime and sour mix. But you can also get a margarita, mojito, or margarita if you want something familiar.

Best of all, the bar, done in black, cream and red with black wicker furniture, is completely partitioned from the restaurant so that diners can eat their chicken picata and penne primavera in peace.

1515 Restaurant Lounge is located at 1515 Main Street in downtown Walnut Creek and is open 7 days a week, starting at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. Dinner starts at 4 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Sun-Wed. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays they stay open until 1 a.m. and offer a late night menu. Check them out at: (www.1515wc.com)--KB


Last Updated (Wednesday, 06 October 2010 04:19)


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