Diablo Dish: Spanish Cuisine Heads to Montclair
The long-running Tullio’s shuts its doors in Walnut Creek; get ice-cream sandos for a penny at CREAM; Walnut Creek Yacht Club gears up for Oysterfest; imbibe the latest cocktails during Batch and Brine’s new happy hour; and more Dish.
Alcalá to Add Another Upscale Option to Montclair
It won’t happen until 2019, but Alcalá will bring traditional Spanish cuisine and a full bar to Montclair—joining Perle and other eateries that are turning the Oakland enclave into a dining destination.
An offshoot of Berkeley’s La Marcha, Alcalá will emphasize whole-animal cooking and use locally sourced products. Expect paella and meats from a wood-fired grill, tapas, and the obligatory craft cocktails. And speaking of La Marcha, the tapas bar at the corner of San Pablo and University Avenues is now offering weekend brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Walnut Creek Institution Tullio’s Shuts Its Doors
It’s taken us a while to get over the closing of Tullio’s, the long-running Italian restaurant on Broadway. Granted, it wasn’t the gourmet experience that Walnut Creek has come to be known for in recent years, but for 40 years, Tullio’s served unpretentious and satisfying pastas and pizzas.
There’s something to be said for kale salads with wild plum reductions, artisanal cocktails flavored with Jenever, and furikake pasta with almonds—but a generous helping of old-fashioned spaghetti carbonara with a simple glass of red wine has its place as well.
Farewell, Tullio’s—you will be missed.
Who Says a Penny Can’t Buy Anything? CREAM Will Prove Them Wrong
It’s National Ice Cream Sandwich Day on Thursday, August 2, so from 1 to 4 p.m., mini ice-cream sandwiches will be offered for just one cent at CREAM locations in Alameda, Berkeley, Concord, Fremont, Livermore, Oakland, and Walnut Creek.
Longtime CREAM fans will also notice a new flavor—salted caramel pecan—offering yet another reason to deal with the summer heat by eating more ice cream.
Hutch Bar and Kitchen: Southern Food with a Side of Justice
Oakland’s Hutch Bar and Kitchen will donate 15 percent of Thursday’s proceeds to the Alameda County Bar Association’s program that offers pro bono legal services for low-income residents of Alameda County. That should make it even easier to justify a trip to Uptown for some Southern-style food, and while you’re there, it might be worthwhile to sample one (or two) of the more than 100 American whiskeys on offer.
Aw, Shucks: Walnut Creek Yacht Club Hosts Oysterfest
For the sixth straight year, the Walnut Creek Yacht Club will serve up six varieties of oysters—plus wine and beer—at its popular Oysterfest celebration. As usual, a tent will go up over the Yacht Club parking lot, where attendees can enjoy the food, drinks, and live music.
The Sunday, August 12 event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. and often sells out, so get your tickets fast. The cost? A mere $50 per person.
Batch and Brine Brings Happiness to Lafayette
The new Lafayette restaurant is making it even easier to savor its family-friendly food and extensive beverage program by offering a Monday through Friday happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m.
But there’s more than special cocktails available. The wine list is long, and there are 20 beers on tap. Happy days, indeed …
We All Scream for Ice Cream—Especially When It’s Free
For the next two months, ultrahip ice-cream purveyor Humphry Slocombe will pop up at the 365 by Whole Foods Market in The Veranda shopping center on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. To celebrate, Humphry Slocombe will offer free scoops this Friday, August 3 from 2 to 8 p.m. in the Concord grocery store’s parking lot.
Numerous flavors—such as Blue Bottle Vietnamese coffee, peanut butter fudge ripple, and Tahitian vanilla—will also be on sale by the pint inside the store even when Betty, the Humphry Slocombe ice-cream truck, is otherwise engaged.
Watermelon Day Gets Its Due at Oakland’s Plank
Of course there’s a special day for watermelon—which happens to be this Friday—and Plank (in Jack London Square) is ready. The watermelon salad is already on its tropically themed summer menu, along with some special nachos and sliders. There are some drink options, too, which make the bocce, bowling, and other games even more fun. It all makes a trip to cool, comfortable downtown Oakland a good way to beat the heat.