Diablo Dish: Concord Tap House Is Now Pouring
Get ready for more Super Duper Burgers; Crumbs Breakfast and Lunch opened in Danville; taste an award-winning cocktail at Sabio on Main; Southern comfort food meets brunch at Hawyard’s PLāYT Bar and Restaurant; and more Dish.
Concord Tap House Joins the Clayton Road Club
A burgeoning dining scene is developing on Clayton Road, with the latest addition being the Concord Tap House. Featuring 24 rotating brews on tap and 14 ready-to-pour wines at any given time, the pub brings another option to the Midtown Concord area—which already includes Mona’s Bar and Grill and Out the Dough—and will soon be neighbors to Dunkin’, a new store concept by the Dunkin’ Donuts franchise that emphasizes speed and convenience.
The recently opened taproom features beers exclusively from local and Pacific Coast breweries, and will soon unveil a bar bites menu that includes lumpia and empanadas.
Danville Adds a Diner to the List
Focus is important, and Crumbs Breakfast and Lunch has zeroed in on two important meals of the day. Now open in the former Country Waffles space on Railroad Avenue, Crumbs is off to a good start—offering more refined breakfast classics, such as omelets and waffles, and lunch staples like burgers and sandwiches.
Super Duper Burgers Joins Public Market Emeryville
The renovations are complete—no more parking hassles—and with barbecue restaurants NabiQ coming later this month and Pig in a Pickle in late September, the Public Market is getting closer and closer to a full house.
Next in line will be Super Duper Burgers. The rapidly expanding chain will open its 13th NorCal outpost (and its third in the East Bay) in the food hall early next year. That will add burgers to the long list of options, which already includes ramen, fried chicken, poke, pizza, and tacos. If only Borders would come back …
Try the Tennessee Tiki at Sabio on Main
Putting Tennessee whiskey and tiki mix in the same drink may seem odd, but it’s officially a winning combo.
The Tennessee Tiki cocktail at Sabio on Main took the top prize at the Alameda County Fair Craft Cocktail Competition, and was promptly placed on the Pleasanton restaurant’s happy hour menu. Crafted by bartender Eian Cathcart, the concoction is made with rye whiskey, tiki mix (whatever that is), citrus, and Angostura bitters. Try the libation for yourself during Sabio’s happy hour, which runs from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday. And as one would rightfully expect, it offers deals on drinks and bar bites (check out the $1 oysters).
Hayward’s PLāYT Brings a Southern Slant to Brunch
If you’ve been hankering for catfish and grits for your Sunday starter, your prayers have been answered; just head to B Street in Hayward and PLāYT Bar and Restaurant will take care of the rest. Or if you’re feeling more like a Benedict, check out the fried chicken eggs Benny (definitely a bucket list item). Regardless of what you order, the venue’s Southern comfort food menu will make Sunday special.
And what would Sunday brunch be without Bloody Marys, mimosas, or raspberry-elderflower sparkling cocktails? PLāYT offers all of that—and much more.
If the kids aren’t that excited about the catfish and grits option, don’t worry. A Dr. Seuss–esque green eggs and ham dish is also on the menu.
If Life Gives You Lemonade Day, Then Have Some for Free
OK, maybe there is no such thing as a free lunch, but if you know the secret code, you can get free lemonade in the East Bay.
After all, Monday is National Lemonade Day, so Lemonade in Walnut Creek (near Broadway Plaza) will “Squeeze the Day” by handing out free lemonade for all catering orders—plus free samples to SoulCycle riders who are participating in the “Beyonce: Lemonade” class (at 5:30 p.m. at the Walnut Creek location).
Oh, right, the secret code. Catering customers just need to know “lemonadeday,” and they’ll get enough free drinks to quench the thirst of everyone involved.
Celebrate Ferragosto at Walnut Creek’s Benvenuti
In ancient Italy, during the days of the Roman Empire, the first two weeks of the eighth month (aka August) were devoted to bringing in the harvest—a backbreaking stretch of long days in the hot Northern Italian sun. After naming the late summer month after himself, Augustus (first emperor of Rome), decided it needed a holiday. So, a celebration of the completion of the harvest became the Feriae Augusti.
Since everyone loves a day off, the tradition has lasted through the centuries, and Walnut Creek’s Benvenuti Ristorante—always conscious of its Italian roots—will revel in Ferragosto (as it’s now called) on Wednesday, August 15, with a special $75 Tuscany Wine Maker’s dinner at 6 p.m. The five-course meal will be a relaxing way to reconnect with the Roman Empire, or at least with your inner harvester.