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Casa Orinda

Contact Person: Claudia Tata
Street: 20 Bryant Way
City: Orinda
State: CA
ZIP Code: 94563
Phone: 925-254-2981
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At the Table: Cowboy Cuisine Written by Bill Staggs
Featured in Diablo Magazine in January 2000   
Casa Orinda’s customers have said it for nearly 80 years: Whoa! Don’t change a thing.            

            Before the Caldecott tunnel pierced the Berkeley hills, before Highway 24 grew to eight lanes and long, long before BART trains blurred through the landscape — there was Casa Orinda, the original roadhouse that has survived decades and trends to become an institution.
            The 82-year-old Casa Orinda — Contra Costa County’s oldest continuously operating restaurant — has grown more than a bit from its tiny original 1932 building at the long-gone Orinda Crossroads. The four-way stop is now a freeway interchange, and traffic whirs by at 70 mph instead of a lazy 35.
            The landmark rooftop neon sign — a cowboy whirling his lasso — disappeared long ago, and once-open land has given way to shops and offices and hillside houses: home to 17,000. But step inside the Casa, as devoted regulars call the place, and you’ll find yourself in a restaurant outside of time. The decor is pure cowboy and purely comfortable, with dark wood and soft light, with giant oil paintings depicting chuck wagons and stagecoach robberies, with oversized photographs of rodeo studs and smiling cowgirls. An antique gun collection, displayed in glass-fronted, wall-mounted cases, never ceases to draw swoons from boys and murmurs of covetousness from collectors. 

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