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Diablo Dish: Main Street Kitchen Reopens

Dublin welcomes KoJa Kitchen and Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que; Cinnabon and Go Fish Poke Bar land a spot in Stoneridge Shopping Center; grab a drink at the newly opened Coffee Shop in Danville; Comal in Berkeley offers a pairing dinner with mezcal; and more Dish.


Walnut Creek’s Main Street Kitchen Is Back in Business

After closing for several months for a major remodel, Main Street Kitchen—yes, it’s located on North Main Street—has reopened. There’s a full bar and an all-day menu featuring breakfast (starting at 9 a.m.), lunch, and dinner options.

The new setting is an upgrade for the restaurant, which first opened in 2015. Owners Arash and Lauren Ghasemi also run Café 15 in downtown Oakland.


Dublin Welcomes Two New Southern Barbecue Joints

OK, one of them offers South Korean BBQ, but barbecue is barbecue, and we’re always up for another plate of smoky beef brisket—so a trip to Dublin might be in order.

The fifth East Bay KoJa Kitchen location has opened in the Persimmon Place shopping center on Dublin Boulevard (near Whole Foods Market). Just as the name is a mashup of Korea and Japan, the chain’s menu combines different flavors in its delicious offerings, including a Korean BBQ sauce. But that’s far from all that’s available at this fast-casual spot; there’s also miso-coconut braised pork, garlic rice buns, and even a Japanese curry over tofu—just to name a few.

Meanwhile, the upcoming Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que will be the second local outpost for the SoCal-based chain when it opens in a few weeks on Amador Plaza Road. Lucille’s, not surprisingly, specializes in barbecue with a Southern emphasis (fried green tomatoes are on the menu).

The other Lucille’s is located in Concord’s Sunvalley Shopping Center, while KoJa Kitchen’s Central Contra Costa County restaurant is in downtown Walnut Creek.


Vladimir Perlovich (Go Fish Poke Bar)

Cinnabon and Go Fish Poke Bar Added to Stoneridge Shopping Center Menu

The two new additions to the Pleasanton shopping center might lie at opposite ends of the healthy-eating spectrum, but expect both to draw plenty of hungry shoppers when they open in the next two weeks.

Cinnabon (also found at Sunvalley in Concord) offers glazed cinnamon buns, frozen drinks, lattes, and every kind of high-carb, high-fat temptation. Go Fish Poke Bar—which has four other Bay Area outlets—not only has the popular poke options, but also offers hand-rolled temaki (think sushi, but big enough to hold in your hand).


Coffee Shop Now in Danville; Concord Is Next

Coffee Shop, already popular in Lafayette and Walnut Creek, has opened a location in Danville on Railroad Avenue. Expect the same specialty coffee offerings, breakfast options, sandwiches, and beer and wine found at the other two outposts. And stay tuned for another Coffee Shop in the near future; another one is slated to open in The Veranda shopping center in Concord.

It all started just three years ago, so don’t be surprised if there’s even more expansions down the road.


Charlie Villyard

Berkeley’s Comal and Oaxaca’s Cinco Sentidos Combine Forces

Cinco Sentidos is the mezcal-producing arm of Oaxacan restauant El Destilado, which has rapidly become a destination for diners from all over the world since its founding in 2015. Oddly enough, El Destilado is owned by three Americans—one of whom (Jason Cox) will join Comal executive chef Matt Gandin August 20 and 21 to showcase five of Cinco Sentidos’ best offerings paired with Gandin’s Oaxacan-inspired menu.

The mezcals are traditionally crafted, and Cox will be there to share insights and background on the variety of tastes and flavors found in the spirit. The event costs $75, which includes the mezcal, food, and service fee. But be warned: The previous Abajo Dinner Series events (beer, wine, and spirit producer dinners) have all sold out in advance, so it’s best to reserve your spot sooner rather than later.


It’s TGIW at Pleasant Hill’s Black Angus

There has to be a reason to celebrate Wednesday without making bad camel jokes, and Black Angus Steakhouse on North Main Street (just off of Oak Park Boulevard) has come up with not one, but two good reasons to toast the old Norse god for whom Wednesday is named. (Quiz your significant other right now …)

The first is Prime and Mud, which delivers an eight-ounce prime rib and mud pie dessert for $19.99. The second is every bottle of wine is half-off with the order of a single entrée.

Oh, and you might win a bar bet by pointing out that Wednesday is named for Woden, or Odin, the chief god in the Norse pantheon. (You never know what you’ll find out by reading Dish …)


The Bird Flies High in Berkeley

Berkeley’s newest fried-chicken restaurant already has a Happier Meal on the menu: a fried chicken sandwich, curly fries, and a beer for $12.50. But now, the eatery is working with Hi-Fidelity Cannabis Shop (just down the street on Telegraph), so there’s an even happier option: the Happiest Meal.

The first 100 people to request a Happiest Meal will find a Hi-Fidelity coupon for buy one pre-roll, get one half-off. The deal can also work the other way; those who buy one-eighth of a flower at Hi-Fidelity can take care of the munchies easily and quickly by redeeming a coupon for a free order of curly fries and a beer with the purchase of a sandwich at The Bird.