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Diablo Dish: Lucky Bird Lands in Berkeley

Thai-Asian in Berkeley; Canyon Club brewing in Moraga; Chop Bar finds a new Jack London home; Taste our Terroir winners and special dinner; Amakara on the move in Dublin; and more Dish.


Thai Cuisine Comes to Berkeley

Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine has become one of the hottest spots for Thai food, with outposts in San Francisco and Jack London Square, and Daughter Thai in Montclair. Now, a former owner of Daughter Thai has opened Lucky Bird in Berkeley right next to Triple Rock on Shattuck (between Heart and Berkeley Way). It's fast-casual with all sorts of Southeast Asian flavors.  


A Brewery in … Moraga!

That’s right: Sleepy Moraga now has its very own brewery and outdoor beer garden, as Canyon Club Brewery debuted on Canyon Road last week. The pub will initially offer five of its own creations—a kölsch, pale ale, IPA, grisette, and common lager made the opening list—in addition to 15 guest craft beers on tap. A limited debut food menu includes around 10 appetizers plus salads and sandwiches.

To start, hours are Wednesday through Sunday 4–10 p.m., opening at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and closing at (gasp!) midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Sleepy no more, Moraga … 


Chop Bar Has a New Home in the Fourth Street East Complex

Chop Bar, a community-focused restaurant a few blocks from Jack London Square, completed its move across the street last week and is settling into its new home in the Fourth Street East mixed-use residential and commercial development.

The name Chop Bar comes from West Africa and refers to a roadside bar and restaurant that serves as a gathering place for the community—and with 330 units in the Fourth Street East buildings, the community is already right there.


Pleasanton’s Wait for Cook’s Seafood Will Continue

Opening a restaurant is a complex process, and the owners of Cook’s Seafood have discovered firsthand just how much has to be done before the first meal is served—so the Koll Center spot in Pleasanton may not be ready this year. The holidays are a busy season, so every push will be made to get the second outpost of the highly regarded Menlo Park seafood spot up and running. The whole process began in mid-2018, so it’s possible that everything will come together quickly, but those in the industry know that no timetable is ever that certain.


Tacubaya / Kristen Loken

Tacubaya Brings Breakfast to Berkeley’s Fourth Street

Want to fuel up for an exploration of the fun collection of shops along Berkeley’s Fourth Street? Start the day at Tacubaya, where breakfast begins at 10 a.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. on weekends. The menu includes traditional items such as chorizo and eggs as well as slightly more unfamiliar items, such as sope de chorizo y papas.

Oh, and if the day proves to be too exhausting, Tacubaya also has rotisserie chickens to go, which should take the hassle out of preparing dinner.


Dublin’s Amakara is Up and Running in its New Location

A Dublin standby since 2008, Amakara has completed its move—though it’s only a few blocks from its old site on Regional Boulevard. Amakara can now be found on Dublin Boulevard and Golden Gate Drive, with much the same menu (which has unique spins on Japanese sushi and fish) plus a full bar.


Walnut Creek’s Benvenuti Celebrates Cocktails

Some call them bartenders, some call them mixologists, but those who go to Benvenuti the night of Thursday, August 8 will be able to test the creativity of the folks behind the bar, as four special cocktails will be offered for $7.

Guests can also vote on their favorite, which will be awarded with a permanent home on the menu. 


Taste Our Terroir Winners Reprise the Victory at Hayward’s PLāYT

Longevity Wines and PLāYT took home the People’s Choice award for Best White Wine Pairing at the Livermore Valley Winegrowers’ Association Taste Our Terroir competition on July 25—and more people will have a chance to savor the success on Wednesday, August 14, at 6:30 p.m. at PLāYT in Hayward.

For $125, diners will enjoy a five-course Southern-inspired meal that will be paired with Longevity Wines. As for the other winning combos (listed below), you’re on your own to make them work.


Courtesy of PLāYT

Taste Our Terroir

People’s Choice

Best Red Wine Pairing: Wood Family Vineyards and First Street Alehouse
Best White Wine Pairing: Longevity Wines and PLāYT

Judges’ Awards

Best Classic Pairing: Page Mill Winery and Millennium Restaurant

Most Innovative Pairing: Big White House Winery and Sauced BBQ and Spirits

Judge’s Best Pairing: Cuda Ridge Wines and Campo di Bocce

Note that Diablo’s own Ethan Fletcher was one of the judges—it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.


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