Diablo Dish: Sunol Ridge Restaurant and Bar Closed
Proposition Chicken comes to Oakland; step back in time to the 1930s at Auburn Lounge in Danville; Oysterfest at the Walnut Creek Yacht Club; Sorrento Italian Restaurant and Pizza commemorates 42 years; and celebrate National IPA Day at Honor Kitchen and Cocktails.
Breaking News: Sunol Ridge Restaurant and Bar Closes Its Doors
Walnut Creek's Sunol Ridge Restaurant and Bar, which has served high-end food and craft beers on Locust Street since 2014, shut its doors August 1.
A brief announcement on the website said that the owners are "reassessing the vision of Sunol Ridge," but will hopefully reopen at some point.
The closure of Sunol Ridge follows on the heels of another surprising Locust Street departure, as Lark Creek Walnut Creek ceased operations just a few weeks ago.
Proposition Chicken Votes Yes on Oakland’s Lakeshore Avenue
The popular San Francisco fast-casual restaurant has waited four years but has finally expanded. And on September 13, Oakland will be the lucky recipient of the second Proposition Chicken.
Proposition Chicken uses only Mary’s Free Range, Air-Chilled Chickens (which never contain preservatives or antibiotics) and prepares them on site, beginning with a 24-hour brining process. After coating with flour, the chicken is twice fried—first at a low temperature, then again at a high—creating the restaurant’s signature crispy, yet delicate and flaky crust.
Customers first select their chicken—fried, flipped (slow-roasted rotisserie), or “fake” (crispy BBQ tofu)—and then “choose their style” in the form of a sandwich, salad, or entrée.
There are also wings, chicken strips, sides—including brown sugar brussels sprouts, bone broth, and crispy matzoh ball soup—and a wide variety of beers. There are even gluten-free chicken and vegetarian options, so every diner can find something to enjoy.
But Proposition Chicken does more than deliver on its name. The restaurant also donates 10 percent of all dine-in sales to a local nonprofit on a rotating monthly basis, adding social consciousness to its menu.
Auburn Lounge Brings the ’30s to Danville
“The main theme is a speakeasy feel,” says Kirstie Strelo, manager of the Auburn Lounge in Danville, which opened in mid-July. The bar and lounge on Hartz Avenue was remodeled, creating a relaxing space where locals can, in Strelo’s words, “chill.”
Helping nurture that tranquil feeling is a selection of wines—including vino from Auburn James Winery—and beers, plus a selected menu of small plates and desserts. And though the Auburn Lounge doesn’t have a full bar, a small selection of craft cocktails are available.
And you don’t even need to know the password to get in the door.
Oysters Galore at Walnut Creek Yacht Club
The fifth annual Oysterfest at the Walnut Creek Yacht Club coincides nicely with the Bonanza Street restaurant’s 20th anniversary, which means that from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, a tent will appear over the parking lot, a band will play, and of course, there will be food and drink.
Expect six varieties of oysters, pours from six wineries and breweries, bratwurst sandwiches, and music from the Robert Foley Band—all for $50. But purchase your tickets ahead of time because Oysterfest usually sells out (and note that the restaurant and bar will be closed).
Desserts for 42 Cents at Sorrento
For 42 years, Sorrento Italian Restaurant and Pizza has been drawing diners to the Countrywood Shopping Center in Walnut Creek. And to celebrate, the popular family restaurant will offer 42-cent desserts to go along with the entrées.
The Caturegli family has run Sorrento since 1978, with son Paolo now in charge after father Joe—who came over from Italy in 1955—stepped aside.
And this month, regulars and newcomers alike can enjoy tiramisu and/or cannoli for just 42 cents. Mangia!
Honor Kitchen and Cocktails Celebrates National IPA Day
Of course you knew that Thursday is National IPA Day, but you most likely didn’t know that Honor Kitchen and Cocktails in Emeryville will be celebrating the occasion by handing out a complimentary limited-edition glass to those who purchase a pint of handcrafted Honor IPA.
But there’s more than just beer at Honor Kitchen and Cocktails—as the name would suggest—and since 2012, the Powell street bar has been serving a wide variety of cocktails and contemporary California gastropub food. It’s especially popular with late-night diners, as the kitchen is open until 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.
The free commemorative glass, though, is only available this Thursday.
Perle Wine Bar: The Latest Addition to Montclair District
Perle Wine Bar—the brainchild of Marcus Garcia and Rob Lam—is both a wine bar and a restaurant, and the goal, according to Garcia, is to allow visitors to “enjoy finer things at a great price point.”
Garcia’s local roots run deep as he played football for the Pittsburg High team and learned his craft at Walnut Creek’s Prima. In addition, he spent 11 years as a sommelier at Fleur de Lys (now closed) in San Francisco and will bring that trained palate to the East Bay.
“We want to be a mecca for wine lovers,” says Garcia about the extensive wine list. But Perle will also serve a French-Mediterranean menu (crafted by Lam) featuring house-made charcuterie, fresh seafood and staples such as pasta and steak.