Diablo Dish: Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches Opening
More burgers in Blackhawk; cult ice cream comes to Berkeley; a new pop-up restaurant at Oakland’s Duende; plus, where to enjoy Easter in the East Bay.
Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches
Homegrown Heads to Lafayette
Lafayette lunchers will have another dining option next week, when Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches opens its second East Bay location on Mt. Diablo Boulevard, in the former location of La Boulange.
Set to open on April 11, the new restaurant will offer seasonal soups, fresh salads, and organic sandwiches. Think tomato bisque soup, Pt. Reyes Cobb salad, and chicken pesto and smoked pastrami sandwiches. The Lafayette shop will also offer a special seasonal sammie: the nopalito chicken torta, featuring grilled chicken breast, nopalito salsa, Oaxacan cheese, avocado, roasted garlic aioli, and tomatoes.
The Washington state–based chain also recently opened a location in Danville’s Iron Horse Plaza. Soon, the ingredients used at both restaurants will be sourced from a two-acre, certified-organic farm in Discovery Bay, dubbed Homegrown Sprouting Farms.
We can’t wait to try the newest spot!
Beep’s Burgers Heads to Blackhawk
It seems like quite a jump for a venerable burger joint out by the City College of San Francisco to open a second location in Danville’s posh Blackhawk Plaza, but that’s what Beep’s Burgers is doing.
Founded in 1962, Beep’s has long been serving its famous burgers alongside fries, onion rings, floats, and milkshakes. The fast-food restaurant also offers chicken strips, fish and chips, hot dogs, corn dogs, and an array of sandwiches—including breakfast sammies, which are served all day.
Like the flagship restaurant, the new location is bound to have big burgers and long lines—though there won’t be as many hungry students in Blackhawk as there are in San Francisco.
Adventurous Ice Cream Flavors Coming to Town
Have you been craving Jesus Juice sorbet or Elvis (The Fat Years) ice cream? Lucky for you, soon you will no longer have to battle the Bay Bridge to get to Humphry Slocombe. The cult ice-cream maker in San Francisco’s Ferry Building will be opening an East Bay location at the Hive in Uptown Oakland, the mixed-use development that also houses Calavera, Drake’s Dealership, and Red Bay Coffee.
You’ll have to wait until summer to try all of Humphry Slocombe’s unusual yet delicious flavors (think bacon, potato chip, hibiscus beet, and Blue Bottle Vietnamese coffee)—but that’s the best time for ice cream anyway, and we’re looking forward to getting a scoop on a warm day.
Live Music, Plenty of Beer on Shattuck
It took more than two years, but Cornerstone has opened on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley. According to Berkeleyside, the beer hall and music venue won’t be in full swing until May, but the bar and kitchen are now ready after numerous permitting and construction delays.
Owners Chris Hoff and Alex Popov—the founder of Smart Alec’s Intelligent Food and Pappy’s Grill and Sports Bar—aim to keep the beer program accessible, offering a 42-tap beer list that’s organized into easy-to-use categories: dark, hoppy, light, tart, and specialty brews. There will also be plenty of food to pair with a pint, including baked mac-and-cheese balls, ribs, meatloaf, and pot pie. And stay tuned for music soon—Hoff and Popov hope to start hosting shows next month, showcasing everything from hip hop to indie rock to reggae.
Live music, craft brews, and good food: That’s a winning combination in our book.
Kured Opens at Duende
Chef Paul Canales of Duende in Oakland has launched a new fast-casual lunch concept called Kured. The pop-up restaurant is housed in the Duende bodega, offering an array of fresh salads and cured meat sandwiches.
The menu focuses on Canales’ house-made sausages, such as the boudin blanc, a pork sausage made with a blend of caramelized onions and warm spices; spicy Italian, a pork sausage made with chef-foraged wild anise seed, garlic, and white wine; and merguez, a sausage made with local Sonoma lamb, harissa, pimentón, and spices.
Kured also offers a crispy chicken sandwich and the “pork-betta” sandwich (crispy cured pork shoulder and belly), as well as three lighter options: kale salad, seasonal green salad, and farro—all available in half or whole portions, with add-on proteins.
To try some of this on-the-go grub, stop by Kured between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.
Where to Eat on Easter Sunday
Hop on over to these East Bay spots on Easter, and you’ll get more than just hard-boiled eggs disguised by multi-colored dyes …
Postino: A two-course brunch for $40 (children’s menu costs $10) goes from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and with nine entree choices, everyone at the table should be able to find something to love at this Lafayette restaurant.
Sabio on Main: The Pleasanton eatery is offering prix-fixe brunch (three courses for $35, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and dinner (four courses for $48, from 4 to 9 p.m.) menus on Easter Sunday in lieu of its regular menu.
Worth Ranch: There will also be some special menu items at Worth Ranch in San Ramon, including burnt-ends hash and an intriguing bacon-filled pancake stack. Get there between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to investigate further.
Calavera: Calavera’s Easter menu will feature Mexican twists on traditional Easter fare. Think deviled egg tacos, ham with ginger and seasonal fruit, and glazed carrots with cilantro and cumin crema. The Oakland restaurant will offer its a la carte menu in addition to the specials.
District: The Oakland restaurant will help diners celebrate Easter with a $35 buffet and bottomless mimosas from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (It costs $22 for just the buffet, and $10 for children ages 10 and under.) And if the mimosas aren’t enough to get you going, specialty cocktails will also be available.
Eve’s Waterfront Restaurant: From 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., enjoy a $50 brunch buffet and a free mimosa or glass of sparkling wine. The food and beverages will be complemented by live music and views of the Oakland Estuary, making Eve’s a picture-perfect place to enjoy Easter.
Homestead: Oakland’s Homestead will offer a $65 prix-fixe Easter dinner from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 16 also happens to be the first birthday of the co-owner’s daughter, and to celebrate the occasion, the restaurant will serve a special birthday cake for dessert.
Lungomare: The $55 Easter brunch buffet ($25 for children under age 12) at this Oakland restaurant will highlight dishes with Italian influences, such as ricotta blueberry pancakes, poached farm eggs with prosciutto cotto, and torchio pasta with braised rabbit and Tuscan kale.
The Terrace Room: The $60 Grand Easter Buffet will feature made-to-order omelettes, breakfast classics like eggs Benedict and biscuits and gravy, a carving station, and a salad bar. It’s all on offer from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oakland eatery.
Trader Vic’s: The iconic Emeryville restaurant has quite an impressive Easter brunch spread, offering everything from pancakes to Hawaiian egg buns to crispy prawns to pork chops “schnitzel” with sauerkraut. There's even a poke bar, raw bar, carving station, and ice cream sundae bar. To partake in the feast, head to the restaurant between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.; the buffet costs $68 for adults and $24.50 for children ages 6 to 12.