Fremont. My hometown is an obscure city in the middle of the San Francisco Bay Area. Like you can glean from this pretty sad online guide, there might be zero redeeming reasons as why you would ever visit Fremont from out of state. Like the majority of cities across the United States, Fremont isn’t really known for much on a national level. Except, maybe, for the fact that Fremont was home to MC Hammer during his 2 legit 2 quit heyday.
Regardless, Fremont is home to both of your editors here at Foodamentals. As professional web surfers, we have never came across any “best of” guides of Fremont, which is a pity, because Fremont is so much more than the Elephant Bar at the Fremont Hub. So rather than wait around for someone else to do it, in typical Foodamentals fashion, we decided to put one together ourselves. Here is our collection of the 13 restaurants you need to know about if you are from Fremont.
Breakfast & Brunch
Country Way The Original
Must Get: Corned Beef Hash, French Toast
Fine dining? Not here. Delicious food for ridiculously good prices? Yup, this is the shizzle. Known for their heaping portions and stick-to-your-rib food, Country Way will fill you up and make your Sundays absolutely unproductive. But in a good way.
Must Get: Everything
While there are bigger and more well known places in Fremont for dim sum, BK’s Bistro makes this list for two reasons. One, the wait isn’t as bad as Asian Pearl near the Pacific Commons shopping center. Secondly, their food is bomb. More important, there isn’t a swarm of humanity over running the microphone podium at the front while the female announcer bellows “Naaaumm – buhhh 55.” That in itself, deserves major kudos.
Must Get: Potted Milk Tea
Picking the best milk tea joint is like asking a kid to pick one toy from Toys r’us. So rather than incite a flame war on our site, Tea Papa gets the nod because they are just so damn cool. As the only spot in Fremont that not only does a mean potted milk tea(look at the pics!) but their selection of Taiwanese food is off the chain. They have everything you would want in a chill out cafe. Milk tea, magazines and a frickin huge mustache on the wall.
Must Get: Hot pot, duh.
We’ve previously touched on these guys in our 7 Bay Area All-You-Can-Eat Hot Pot Restaurants You Should Be Paying Attention To article and we still stand by our assessment that these guys are one of the better hot pot places in the bay area. The price, the meat, its all pretty good. Definitely a must visit if you are in Fremont.
Must Get: Adobo Burrito
Can’t say we are connoisseurs of Filipino food, but we do know good shit once it touches our lips. And Adobolicious, my friends, is good shit. Running this by our Filipino friends and even they agree that Adobolicious puts out some authentic home cooking. If you aren’t sure what to order, you can’t go wrong with adobo. Also, check out our previous post on the best fusion burritos in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Must Get: Chicken, duh.
Coco Chicken isn’t quite KFC, but its not Bon Chon chicken either. It’s somewhere in between and that is how they like it. We have written about these guys in one of our previous pieces – The Best Korean Fried Chicken Restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area – so check it out for more good stuff.
Du Xiao Yue
Must Get: Basil Intestines
Check out our previous article for more in depth coverage of Du Xiao Yue. And no, these guys aren’t related to the famous Taiwan joints back in the homeland.
Must Get: Flaming Dragon Roll
Sushi snobs will scoff at the fact that Satomi Sushi isn’t “authentic” sushi. However, the people who wait here diligently for an hour just to sample their rolls, beg to differ. Satomi Sushi is the quintessential American Japanese restaurants with an abundance of sushi rolls. Everything from American favorites such as the dragon roll, spicy rainbow roll and even, a 49ers roll(which happens more often than not here in the Bay Area). Should you come here for omakase? No. But do come here and gorge yourself silly with some of the fattest sushi rolls this side of the Pacific Ocean.
Must Get: Meats, meats and more meats.
With no online presence of their own, Bob Sang is the definition of old school IDGAF. We’ve covered these guys and their awesomeness in our previous AYCE Korean BBQ article, so definitely check it out of you are curious about this spot.
Taiwanese Shaved Ice
Must Get: Taro Snow with Anything
Though Sno-Crave has expanded out to a couple of branches in the Bay Area, they still qualify as they aren’t technically a chain just yet. Also, they are simply too good to leave off this list. With ample selections of other desserts outside of shaved ice, Sno-Crave would qualify for at least five other categories on this list. But by far, Sno-Crave’s creamy and thick shaved ice is more ice cream than it is ice. It is the closest thing I’ve had to shaved ice in Taiwan as I can find here in the Bay.
Kyain Kyain Main Main Kyay Oh
Must Get: Mo Hin Gar / Fish Noodle Soup
Gawd, do we love Burmese food. I’m predicting Burmese as the next cuisine to blow up like Thai food and Indian food has in the United States. So we are pretty damn lucky to have such a stellar spot to roll up to back home. Situated in the same plaza as Satomi Sushi, Kyain Kyain’s location makes it handy for when the line at Satomi gets too long. Not saying that this spot should be #2 to anybody, but I’m adding brownie points simply because of its location.
Must Get: Bulgolgi Quesadilla
These guys have beer and bulgolgi AND they are open till 1am. To be honest, there isn’t that many late night places in Fremont to begin with outside of a Denny’s. But, K-Pop knows where the gaps in the market is. Not only are they filling that gap, but for sure, they are filling our stomachs.
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Bronco Billy’s Pizza Palace
Must Get: Any Slice
Good ole Bronco Billy’s, now at two different locations in Fremont. It was a toss up between Bronco Billy’s or Mission Pizza, but because Bronco Billy serves some massive slices(above) these guys win out. The name of the game here is pizza slices for an absurdedly low price. For about $4, you’ll a slice that is weaponry to stave off world hunger. Plus, this location is in the cool Niles Canyon area, so bonus points for history. Yay, history.
Must Get: Salsa Picante Wet Burrito
Nothing but good food and bad decor. This no frills Mexican place is adjacent to a busy street, but it may as well be hidden, because most people overlook this place. Truly Salsa Picante is a hidden gem in Fremont as its wet burrito has single handidly increased the sales of sweat pants in the Fremont region.