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Diablo Dish: E.J. Phair Brewing Company Heads to Alamo

A new Asian fusion eatery opened in Dublin; small plates at Twisted Times in Walnut Creek; a Brazilian steak house is set to move into the old Momo’s space; celebrate the Le Marche region in Italy at Anaviv’s Table; and more Dish.


E.J. Phair Brewing Company

It's All Phair and Square In Alamo

E.J. Phair Brewing Company, which has brewpubs in Pittsburg and Concord, is pushing westward, with plans to open in Alamo Plaza Shopping Center in late spring.

Expect the menu to reflect the one in Todos Santos Plaza with burgers, salads, sandwiches, and basic entrées (i.e. jaegerschnitzel, fish and chips) rather than the pizza-centric offerings of the Pittsburg brewery. Oh, and there will be beer—E.J. Phair will pour its favorites plus weekly selections of barrel-aged beers, infused beers, and specialty releases. 


Amazing Basil and a Cup of … Won’t Leave You Hanging

So you’re probably scratching your head with this one: “Cup of what?” But that’s the name of the restaurant. Amazing Basil Pho and a Cup of had a soft opening at the beginning of the week and is ready to serve up Asian fusion sides, pho, tea, and more on Fallon Road in Dublin.

The hours for this new fast-casual restaurant are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Galpão Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse

Brazilian Steak House Steps into Old Momo’s Space

Brazilian steak houses—with extensive salad and vegetable bars to complement strolling waiters slicing meat fresh from the flames—are a thing recently, and Walnut Creek will soon get its own.

Galpão Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse, which has outlets in Cupertino, Napa, and San Antonio, Texas, will occupy the previous Momo’s space. No word on an opening yet, but it might be a while.


Tullio’s Spot to Be Transformed into Twisted Times Restaurant, Sports, and Spirits

Longtime family fave Tullio’s Family-Style Italian Restaurant and Pizza is still sorely missed by those who loved the Italian comfort food and familiar surroundings, but Twisted Times Restaurant, Sports, and Spirits will not be a reprise of the Walnut Creek staple.

Instead, expect a small-plates concept with lots of options so diners can choose to eat and drink exactly what they want. The North Broadway location (near the post office) should be open this summer, but we’ll keep you posted. 


Stacy Ventura

Anaviv’s Table Innovates with Interactive Italian Evening

Kicking things off with an olive oil tasting, Anaviv’s Table—located in an unlikely setting just off Interstate 580 in Richmond—will celebrate the Le Marche region of Italy on Sunday, April 7, at 7 p.m. The evening will move forward with a four-course meal and an operatic performance by tenor Carlo Assogna.

Guests will not only feast on chef Roberto Ferretti’s food, they will also get to observe live kitchen demos as he stuffs olives, makes fresh egg pasta, and prepares the rest of the meal.

Join the 10-seat communal table for $150 and gather around for a night of Italian eats. 


Local James Beard Finalists Announced

The winnowing continues for the James Beard Awards, and now the official nominees for the nationwide program have been announced­­—and unsurprisingly, the Northern California culinary spotlight shines brightest on San Francisco. But, Alameda did land a finalist, as Lance Winters of St. George Spirits is once again a nominee.

The winners will be announced May 6 in Chicago, which gives those who want to battle the traffic or brave BART plenty of time to do their own judging.


Paxti's Pizza

Patxi’s Pizza Picks a New Path

That doesn’t mean Patxi’s—with outlets in Dublin, Lafayette, and Livermore—will abandon their devotion to Chicago-style deep-dish pizza. Rather, the ownership change for the 17-location chain has resulted in some menu additions.

For example, guests can now expect such options as chicken tikka masala pizza, as well as roasted caramel apple or s’mores dessert pizzas, along with a full lunch menu. Plus, look for daily 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. happy hours. 


Mochi Madness at Third Culture Bakery

Help Berkeley’s Third Culture Bakery celebrate its second birthday Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The innovative bakery will be serving up their signature original mochi muffins, mochi doughnuts, and an exclusive, one-day-only, savory menu. The event is free though VIP Tasting Tickets are available, just make sure to RSVP


Savor Summer Weather at Lake Chalet

You know it’s almost summer when baseball has its opening day, and when  Lake Merritt’s dock officially opens for the season. To celebrate, Lake Chalet will partner with Casamigos Tequila this Sunday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Outdoor dining fans will be able to bask in the sun and enjoy the sights of Lake Merritt, and enjoy special Casamigos cocktails and live music from 1 to 4 p.m. Dockside customers can partake in all of Lake Chalet’s offerings, from the full bar to the full menu—assuming, of course, that it ever stops raining.

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Happy Hour Bar & Bites at
The Cooperage

Monday through Friday
3pm – 5:30pm


This isn’t your typical happy hour. This quintessential neighborhood spot offers high-quality craft cocktails on tap and tasty bites. Menu features: $10 cocktails on tap, $5 select beer & wine, $1 oysters, $7 bacon cheeseburger sliders, $7 crispy beer battered shrimp sliders, $9 sashimi-grade ahi tuna tartare. 

32 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette
​Reservations: www.thecooperagelafayette.com or 925.298.5915

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