Montclarions have spoken, and we travel for our Asian meals. In fact, we drive to places throughout Oakland, Piedmont, Alameda, Berkeley, Albany and San Francisco for our evening repasts.
These and other findings came from Today in Montclair’s recent survey. The goal was to understand how much we depend on Montclair Village for either dine-in or take-out options.
Previously, I thought Montclarions were basically lazy, because our four Asian restaurants have been open for years. That theory was shot down by you.
What happened? On a monthly basis, at least 75% of you supported Pagarung Thai, Silver Palace, Thai Bai or Toshi Sushi. However only 25% were loyal (or lazy) and ate all your Chinese and Thai here. No one reported eating all their Sushi in town.
Perhaps this survey attracted Montclarions who dine out often. Nearly half of respondents consumed Chinese food five-plus times per month! Your Thai and Sushi meals were less frequent, with half eaten once or twice a month.
Different patterns emerged among folks with the strongest yen (sorry) for Asian food. Half ate Chinese locally up to four times monthly, and drove elsewhere for the other meals. Ardent sushi eaters didn’t stick around much at all. Thai diners stayed put more often, by comparison.
Survey participants shared all sorts of interesting restaurants outside Montclair, yet none stood out as clear winners to report here. So that calls for another survey (later) which uncovers your definitive top spots, Asian or otherwise.
Anyway, thanks for participating – and proving that we do, in fact, venture outside the burg for our Asian meals. You are a more energetic bunch than I ever expected.