The Original Hickory Pit

★★★☆☆
  • 1495 S Main St

    Walnut Creek, CA 94596

    Cross street: Downtown Walnut Creek

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  • 925-935-7450

About The Original Hickory Pit

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Mon-Thu 6am-9:45pm ; Fri 6am-10:45pm ; Sat 6am-10:45pm ; Sun 6am-9:45pm

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I've been eating breakfast at The Original Hick'ry Pit 5 to 6 days a week since '75. The food is awesome, best bacon or sausage & eggs anywhere. Great steaks, pork chops and ribs too. The Traveler's Special is the best deal anywhere. The servers have become some of my best friends. The ""Counter Culture"" boasts the friendliest people you'll ever meet. Always, great food, lots of it, bottomless cup of good coffee and best of all, great conversation. My breakfast spot. See you at the counter tomorrow, you'll love it.

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★★★★★

I've been eating breakfast at The Original Hick'ry Pit 5 to 6 days a week since '75. The food is awesome, best bacon or sausage & eggs anywhere. Great steaks, pork chops and ribs too. The Traveler's Special is the best deal anywhere. The servers have become some of my best friends. The ""Counter Culture"" boasts the friendliest people you'll ever meet. Always, great food, lots of it, bottomless cup of good coffee and best of all, great conversation. My breakfast spot. See you at the counter tomorrow, you'll love it.

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Beware! NOT Child/Family Friendly!!! Tonight a waitress of by the name of Toni/Antoinette verbally assaulted our 2 year old daughter, spoke loudly and badly (insulting) about us with other customers at an adjacent table, and then had the nerve to stare at us and stand over our table before I had to ask her if she wanted something. I went up the front lobby to ""cool"" down and took my daugter and spoke with the hostess to ask for the manager and she indicated that this waitress was problematic. Obviously based on this servers her rudeness she must be getting away with insulting customers by management otherwise she wouldn't act like this and treat customers in such a horrible manner. Had we not been with other people we would have gotten up and left. The entire dining experience and visit was ruined and was both awkward and uncomfortable to say the least. Beware...If you have small children this is not the restaurant of choice!

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★☆☆☆☆

Beware! NOT Child/Family Friendly!!! Tonight a waitress of by the name of Toni/Antoinette verbally assaulted our 2 year old daughter, spoke loudly and badly (insulting) about us with other customers at an adjacent table, and then had the nerve to stare at us and stand over our table before I had to ask her if she wanted something. I went up the front lobby to ""cool"" down and took my daugter and spoke with the hostess to ask for the manager and she indicated that this waitress was problematic. Obviously based on this servers her rudeness she must be getting away with insulting customers by management otherwise she wouldn't act like this and treat customers in such a horrible manner. Had we not been with other people we would have gotten up and left. The entire dining experience and visit was ruined and was both awkward and uncomfortable to say the least. Beware...If you have small children this is not the restaurant of choice!

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I have nothing good to report on this establishment. \n*Pies are made with artificial flavoring and not real fruit (watch out for mold on the bottom of the crust)\n*Employees don't wash their hands after the restroom or before preparing food\n*Do not ask for an extra wedge of tomato or you will be charged for a tomato salad (which consists of a single slim wedge of tomato on a bed of wilted iceberg lettuce)\n*Cramped seating conditions (dried regurgitation on seats)\n*Vast majority of customers and employees are incredibly obese (hint)\n*Utensils are filthy with specks of brown crust (clean dishware is stacked on top of dirty rubber floor mats)\n*Food quality is only suitable for the garbage disposal\n*It appears as if anything that can be re-used or re-served is recycled to the customer\n*Fresh pastries come from an off site bakery and are not fresh daily (note dead flies trapped in case)\n*The beef ribs are reminiscent of old race horse\n*The coleslaw dressing tastes like it was made by someone's unwashed feet\nAll in all, I'd say that you're more likely to enjoy a more nutritious and tasteful meal from an unflushed toilet bowl at a busy truck stop. I was forced to give this place one star.\n

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★☆☆☆☆

I have nothing good to report on this establishment. \n*Pies are made with artificial flavoring and not real fruit (watch out for mold on the bottom of the crust)\n*Employees don't wash their hands after the restroom or before preparing food\n*Do not ask for an extra wedge of tomato or you will be charged for a tomato salad (which consists of a single slim wedge of tomato on a bed of wilted iceberg lettuce)\n*Cramped seating conditions (dried regurgitation on seats)\n*Vast majority of customers and employees are incredibly obese (hint)\n*Utensils are filthy with specks of brown crust (clean dishware is stacked on top of dirty rubber floor mats)\n*Food quality is only suitable for the garbage disposal\n*It appears as if anything that can be re-used or re-served is recycled to the customer\n*Fresh pastries come from an off site bakery and are not fresh daily (note dead flies trapped in case)\n*The beef ribs are reminiscent of old race horse\n*The coleslaw dressing tastes like it was made by someone's unwashed feet\nAll in all, I'd say that you're more likely to enjoy a more nutritious and tasteful meal from an unflushed toilet bowl at a busy truck stop. I was forced to give this place one star.\n

Cons: Health Dept. should shut this place down

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The food here is great! The service is great! And best of all, the desserts are great! Really nothing bad to say about this place. Plus it's conveniently close to Kaiser hospital, so whether you're visiting or a patient no need to buy hospital food there when you have this nearby.

5
★★★★★

The food here is great! The service is great! And best of all, the desserts are great! Really nothing bad to say about this place. Plus it's conveniently close to Kaiser hospital, so whether you're visiting or a patient no need to buy hospital food there when you have this nearby.

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The pastrami sandwiches only a Rumanian could love. Twelve dancing bears with tsitsis were a real improvement on the potato salad.

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★★☆☆☆

The pastrami sandwiches only a Rumanian could love. Twelve dancing bears with tsitsis were a real improvement on the potato salad.

Pros: Best fehrtsles I ever made during a dinner

Cons: Waitress farted in my face

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my great-grandparents would always take me here as a child. i would always get the ribs with the coleslaw on the side. The place is so good. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.

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★★★★☆

my great-grandparents would always take me here as a child. i would always get the ribs with the coleslaw on the side. The place is so good. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.

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Great breakfast, lunch and dinner. Friendly family type atmosphere with reasonable prices. Great for take out if you want to dine at home without the preparation.

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★★★★☆

Great breakfast, lunch and dinner. Friendly family type atmosphere with reasonable prices. Great for take out if you want to dine at home without the preparation.

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This restaurant has been around for many years, as have many of the waitresses. They are aware that they are service people, and do a great job. Many of the same people arrive for breakfast several times a week. The food is excellent, ample and reasonable, and the service is great.

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★★★★★

This restaurant has been around for many years, as have many of the waitresses. They are aware that they are service people, and do a great job. Many of the same people arrive for breakfast several times a week. The food is excellent, ample and reasonable, and the service is great.

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In a word: BAD. The food was mediocre, the ""service"" was spotty. I've never seen such a dumpy restaurant try to turn a table so fast when no one was waiting. Our waitress seemed in a hurry to get rid of us, brought us the wrong check., and never even asked to refill my coffee or water. We had to practically beg her to offer us dessert. This place hasn''t been updated decor-wise since about 1965. My BBQ chicken was okay at best, my wife's BBQ sliced pork was very, very dry. My apple pie was about the worst apple pie I've ever had. The coffee was okay. The Hickory Pit is apparently popular with people in their 80's which seemed to be the average age of everyone in the place. Must be next to a retirement home. Spend your money elsewhere; this place isn't worth your time. I'm amazed a restaurant this mediocre can stay in business. We will never go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

In a word: BAD. The food was mediocre, the ""service"" was spotty. I've never seen such a dumpy restaurant try to turn a table so fast when no one was waiting. Our waitress seemed in a hurry to get rid of us, brought us the wrong check., and never even asked to refill my coffee or water. We had to practically beg her to offer us dessert. This place hasn''t been updated decor-wise since about 1965. My BBQ chicken was okay at best, my wife's BBQ sliced pork was very, very dry. My apple pie was about the worst apple pie I've ever had. The coffee was okay. The Hickory Pit is apparently popular with people in their 80's which seemed to be the average age of everyone in the place. Must be next to a retirement home. Spend your money elsewhere; this place isn't worth your time. I'm amazed a restaurant this mediocre can stay in business. We will never go back.

Pros: None come to mind.

Cons: Food Service Ambience

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I have fond memories of delicious meats and pies that were served at the old Hick'ry Pit in Strawberry Shopping Center in Marin County. So imagine my reaction when I was transplanted to arguably even an earlier era than my '70s childhood while enjoying my first trip to the Walnut Creek Hick'ry Pit. The lively, occasionally bouffant-topped female servers, elicit memories of diners past, while the anachronistic but delicious menu brings in hordes from Rossmoor and local families alike. I loved the slaw - redolent of horseradish - and the quality of the pies, with real whipped cream instead of the canistered stuff, almost brought tears to my fiancee's eyes.

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★★★★☆

I have fond memories of delicious meats and pies that were served at the old Hick'ry Pit in Strawberry Shopping Center in Marin County. So imagine my reaction when I was transplanted to arguably even an earlier era than my '70s childhood while enjoying my first trip to the Walnut Creek Hick'ry Pit. The lively, occasionally bouffant-topped female servers, elicit memories of diners past, while the anachronistic but delicious menu brings in hordes from Rossmoor and local families alike. I loved the slaw - redolent of horseradish - and the quality of the pies, with real whipped cream instead of the canistered stuff, almost brought tears to my fiancee's eyes.

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Overall, dining at the Hick'ry Pit was interesting. The food (ribs, fries, cobb salad) was really good. But the service was horrible! Our waitress forgot to bring my soup, tried to refill my diet coke with ice tea (because that's what the table next to ours was drinking) and grabbed her tip off the table before we got up to leave. I would go back, but not to sit in her section!

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★★★☆☆

Overall, dining at the Hick'ry Pit was interesting. The food (ribs, fries, cobb salad) was really good. But the service was horrible! Our waitress forgot to bring my soup, tried to refill my diet coke with ice tea (because that's what the table next to ours was drinking) and grabbed her tip off the table before we got up to leave. I would go back, but not to sit in her section!

 

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