Lark Creek Walnut Creek

Hefty portions of upscale comfort food such as cedar-plank salmon and pan-seared ahi tuna should satisfy flesh-eating Americans. Celebrity chef Bradley Ogden of Larkspur's Lark Creek Inn launched this suburban version of a Parisian sidewalk cafe whose caesar salad speaks volumes and whose walnut bread is baked on the premises. Smoked ham-hock ravioli and green apple sorbet are clever twists on old faves. (review: East Bay Express).