Diablo Dish: Starbucks Expanding in Danville
Another fast-casual restaurant to open in Walnut Creek; a new Oakland wine shop; and where to dine for the holidays.
The Starbucks on Hartz Avenue in downtown Danville is looking to take over the entire building (which includes Consignit Couture) and expand its existing space. Meanwhile, Pleasanton is getting another drive-through Starbucks, just off the Santa Rita Road exit, between Erik’s DeliCafe and Ranch 99 Market.
And if that weren’t enough, there are two more Starbucks just off the Fallon Road and Airway Boulevard exits.
The way this is going, it will be a race between Starbucks and Google for world domination.
Jack’s Urban Eats Takes Root in Walnut Creek
Jack’s Urban Eats, a Sacramento-based fast-casual restaurant, will open its 14th location in The Orchards at Walnut Creek in late January. The urban cafeteria features farm-fresh salads, sandwiches, plates, and comfort-food sides in a hip, laidback atmosphere. There will also be beer on tap and wine.
Reasonably Priced Wine Pulls Into Oakland
What used to be the Shafter Yard railroad station in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood is now a wine destination: Oakland Yard, a specialty wine shop where half of the offerings cost $20 or less.
As reported by the East Bay Times, visitors can stop by the shop for wine flights ($10-$15) on Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Oakland Yard also offers wine delivery to Oakland and Berkeley residents who order six or more bottles—with no delivery fee.
Sounds like an ideal spot to stock up for the holidays!
Yes, Christmas is Coming Faster Than You Thought
If it somehow slipped your mind that Christmas Eve is this Saturday and some unexpected guests are going to make cooking at home too much of a chore, head to one of these restaurants having holiday specials:
Danville’s Basil Leaf Café will give each diner a free dessert; you might even be able to snatch an extra cookie to leave for Santa later.
Craving seafood? Yankee Pier in Lafayette will offer its seasonal specials—grilled New York steak with one-half Maine lobster tail or sesame-crusted ahi tuna—along with its regular menu. And if you want to imbibe during your special holiday dinner, sample one (or two) of the specialty cocktails.
To enjoy a Dickensian holiday feast, head to Pleasanton’s Sabio on Main. For $89, you will be treated to a 10-course tasting menu that includes Dungeness crab cioppino, Christmas goose, chestnut-cranberry bread pudding, and house-made bourbon-spiked eggnog. The a la carte menu will be available as well. You can start digging in at 11 a.m.—and considering there are 10 courses, that might be a good time to start.
Oakland’s Desco will offer a three-course prix-fixe dinner featuring Roman-style beef croquettes. The prix-fixe meal costs $52, and seatings take place between 5 and 9 p.m. The regular menu will also be available.
The Day After NYE …
If it looks like a party-heavy holiday season will end with a smashing New Year’s Eve celebration (to put it one way), you may want to head to 3 Potato 4 the following morning. The vegan, gluten-free restaurant chain at the Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton will offer a “Healthy Hangover Cure Special” on New Year’s Day. Tip: If you mention Diablo, you will get a free signature sauce with the organic, non-GMO, air-baked potatoes—which is one way to deal with the morning after …
Alternatively, you could take the traditional route at Piatti in Danville, where Bloody Marys and mimosas will only cost $6. Pair your drink with a crab cake Benedict with roasted red pepper hollandaise sauce, spinach ricotta ravioli with lemon cream and citrus gremolata, or another Piatti goodie.
What better way to start the New Year than with a serious carbo load?
Stay tuned for more Dish in 2017. I’ll be taking next week off to spend some quality time with friends and family, but I’ll be back with more foodie news on January 4. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year!