Diablo Dish: Easter Eats for this Weekend
Beer Baron Bar and Kitchen opened its doors in Oakland; Danville is getting a Noah’s Bagels; Oakland’s Original Pattern Brewing Company is softly opening; A new Downtown Berkeley brunch walking tour; and more Dish.
Celebrate Easter with More than Chocolate Bunnies
Sure, we all love to nibble at the ears of chocolate bunnies or even—if truly desperate—actually eat an Easter egg, but there are other options for Sunday comestibles.
The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards: It would be hard to imagine a more beautiful setting for an Easter brunch than Livermore’s Wente Vineyards, and for $45, The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards will feature a three-course, prix fixe meal that highlights seasonal spring ingredients, including many from the restaurant’s organic garden. Reservations are a must for the 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. offering.
Oeste: The relatively new Old Oakland restaurant is enticing diners with bottomless mimosas on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. And the combination of Southern and Latino flavors on the brunch menu is also an attention-grabber.
Lungomare: The Jack London Square restaurant’s $60 buffet ($25 for children 12 and under) focuses on Italian classics from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sabio on Main: The three-course prix fixe meal at the Pleasanton restaurant costs $39 and comes with potential upgrades as well as an optional wine pairing. And you can get an early start or eat late, as the brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Beer Baron Expands from Tri-Valley to Oakland
After developing a following in Livermore, Pleasanton, and Santa Rosa, Beer Baron Bar and Kitchen made its move into the more urban atmosphere of College Avenue.
And just because it’s called “Beer Baron,” don’t think it’s all about beer. Members of the Whiskey Club (who must purchase a $250 gift card to join) have a chance to sample rare bottles of uisce beatha, as it’s known in Ireland (only the brave should try to pronounce it in Gaelic), but regular customers can select from the 300-plus whiskeys available.
There’s also food (the duck fat fries sound really good), as Beer Baron tries to reverse the usual pattern of city restaurants invading the suburbs by showing that the outlying areas have plenty to offer as well.
Danville to Get Noah’s Bagels
It’s still a ways off, as there is remodeling and construction to take care of, but Noah’s Bagels is on its way to Iron Horse Plaza. The new spot will be located between Chow and Lunardi’s Markets.
This fills a gap in Noah’s coverage east of the Caldecott, as bagel cravers had to go to Lafayette, Pleasanton, or Walnut Creek to get their schmear fix.
Edible Excursions Adds Another Berkeley Food Tour
Do you feel guilty eating a good meal if you haven’t exercised? Edible Excursions has the perfect solution: Take a walking tour of Oakland or Berkeley that includes stops for food and drink.
And if you’ve already taken the four East Bay Edible Excursions, here’s an excuse to take another—the company just introduced the Downtown Berkeley Walking Brunch Tour.
Every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., participants will stroll through downtown, sampling coffee, beignets, breakfast pizza, cocktails, crepes, and more (the exact menu varies). The tour costs $90 through May 31 (when the price jumps to $110) and is a perfect way to bounce back after a late Saturday night.
Original Pattern Brewing Takes the First Step in Oakland
With the grand opening of the family-owned brewery and tasting room on 4th Street (just west of 880 near Jack London Square) set for April 21, Original Pattern Brewing Company started easing into daily operations with a soft opening last week.
The four owners plan to have the doors open Wednesdays from 5 to 10 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 10 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. until they’re ready for the official debut.
Celebrate Spring with a Pint in Concord
With the weather warming up, it’s the perfect time for the ninth annual Spring Brews Fest in Concord’s Todos Santos Plaza. There will be live music, food booths, and of course, plenty of beer. In fact, there will be more than 60 one-of-a-kind craft beers available Saturday, March 31, from noon to 4 p.m.
Tickets cost $40 in advance or $50 at the gate, but if you decide to stay at one of Concord’s nine hotels after a relaxing Saturday, you’ll get two free tickets to the Brews Fest.
Dunkin’ Donuts On Its Way to Pleasant Hill
DVC students and faculty will find it easy to caffeine up for another day in the world of education when a Dunkin’ Donuts drive-through opens in DVC Plaza.
But don’t get too excited—the opening as yet to be determined.
Siam Fine Thai Cuisine Open on North Main
After success in San Jose and on the Peninsula, Siam Fine Thai has opened its doors in Walnut Creek, taking the place of the recently departed OIC Bowl.
Thai food lovers now have another option—though with Vanda Thai, Kacha Thai Bistro, Plearn Thai Palace, and Do Sit Thai Cuisine, the competition is pretty fierce. Then again, that’s a great excuse to have Thai food five times just so you can compare.
Va de Vi Makes a Change in Chefs
The new man in charge at Walnut Creek's Va de Vi is Mike Fischetti, who will bring his expertise to the always-crowded, small-plates restaurant on Mt. Diablo Boulevard. Fischetti worked in South Florida and the Caymans before coming to Va de Vi in January, and has already added more than 20 new dishes to the menu.
And if you needed an excuse to get back to one of Walnut Creek's most popular restaurants, now you have one.