Hours: Tue.–Sat. 8 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Before Chowhaus, life as an East Bay food enthusiast rarely necessitated a trip to sleepy Montclair Village — a lovely place to raise your kids, but not anyone’s idea of a dining destination. But chef Tracey Belock has created the quintessential neighborhood restaurant — a family-oriented place serving updated versions of hearty dishes that combine a whiff of nostalgia with Bay Area cuisine’s preference for clean, simple flavors. While the restaurant’s name invokes the gasthaus (a kind of German tavern), the food has a variety of reference points: A German-inspired pork schnitzel features a brined, bone-in rib chop instead of the usual cutlet pounded pancake-thin. A summer-y melon salad was draped with smoky Tasso ham — a nod to Louisiana, and part of the kitchen’s ever-expanding repertoire of housemade charcuterie. And the sausage-wrapped Scotch egg — with its bright-orange, runny yolk — might be the East Bay’s best version of this British working-class staple.
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