Diablo Dish: You’ve Gotta Get to Gott’s
The Kon-Tiki is dishing out drinks; Mama’s Royal Café re-opened its doors in Temescal; cookie dough on the go at Concord’s Out the Dough; Bondadoso Coffee and Tea Collective brews up some kindness; Claremont Club and Spa’s Meritage to close; and more Dish.
Make Way for Gott’s
The old Fresh Choice site at South Main Street has been vacant for what seems like years, but Gott's Roadside will finally open its doors there Thursday, December 7.
Though best known for its burgers and roadside feel, Gott's has plenty of other options, though the Niman Ranch burgers are the go-to option. Don’t forget to order a hand-spun shake—featuring Three Twins ice cream—to go with your meal or perhaps a glass of wine or beer.
Break up your day of holiday shopping with some old-fashioned comfort food.
Tiki Bar Adds to the International Flair in Downtown Oakland
The Kon-Tiki—yes, with volcano bowls, pupu platters, and all the mashed-up fun of a classic tiki bar—has taken over the former Longitude spot at 14th and Webster Streets, and keeps that multicultural fire burning downtown. There’s Chinese, Mexican, Mongolian, and Afghani food within a block, so what could make more sense than a Polynesian option?
The 1,800-square-foot space retains much of the tiki charm of Longitude, according to SF Eater, and tiki fans know that the right atmosphere makes those mai-tais taste even better.
Mama’s Royal Cafe Has Re-Emerged
After a brief break that allowed new owners Soroush and Houshi Ghaderi to settle in, Mama’s Royal Cafe has reopened its Temescal location.
Nosh reports that the Ghaderi brothers will keep the same neighborhood feel and comfort food–focused breakfast menu. Houshi is the owner of Berkeley’s Vault Cafe and Restaurant on Adeline Street—another breakfast spot—which Soroush managed before the re-opening of Mama’s.
In short, that cool Uptown vibe that invigorated the Oakland dining scene is clearly continuing to expand into Temescal—which can only be good news for those who love their food.
No Need for the Oven at Concord’s Out the Dough
The Lonardo family—spurred by the creation of cookie dough that doesn’t include raw eggs or flour—has opened a cookie dough store on Clayton Road that offers a safe way to lick the dough off your fingers.
Of course, you can use utensils (but what’s the fun in that?) and even bake the dough, but the 11 flavors are meant to be enjoyed the old-fashioned way. Out the Dough also offers the Cookie Quake Shake, according to the East Bay Times—which combines the dough with vanilla ice cream. And given the Italian background of the owners, the future might hold some pizzelles (waffle cookies) rolled up around the dough as well.
Bondadoso Adds Yet Another Caffeine Option in Walnut Creek
But Bondadoso Coffee and Tea Collective is more than just another coffee shop—owner Ron Loza is devoted to coffees and teas of all kinds. The shop will offer unfamiliar micro-roasters and a tap wall with eight types of cold-brew coffees and teas, including nitro-coffee and nitro-tea—which are infused with nitrogen creating a foamier and naturally sweeter drink than those made with the usual carbon dioxide.
Located at North Broadway (where Mi Casa used to be), Bondadoso also has a traditional espresso bar and single-cup brewing, plus a “kind wall” (bondadoso is Spanish for “kind") with quotes and space for customers to add their own thoughts.
The Claremont Keeps Searching for Chemistry
For the second time in two years, Claremont Spa and Club has decided to pull the plug on another restaurant.
Meritage—the hotel’s flagship restaurant—will shut its doors in early January following a round of holiday activities (see one such event below), and will be replaced by a yet-to-be-announced restaurant sometime in early 2018.
Antoinette and its high-end concept also failed to catch on in 2016 and was later replaced by Limewood Bar and Restaurant, which will step in at the Berkeley institution while the Meritage dining room is renovated.
But the Claremont Will Still Be Hopping on Sunday
Some Christmas traditions have remained more popular than others (such as young children getting expensive gifts and then playing with the boxes), so in the spirit of the season, the Claremont is hosting gingerbread house decorating from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 3.
For $100 (medium) or $125 (large), one adult and one child will receive a gingerbread house to decorate—plus holiday refreshments. Reservations are required, additional children are $20, and extra adults are $25.
For those looking for a full day of holiday fun on Sunday, there’s also a Christmas brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that will include visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as an enhanced holiday menu for $109 per adult and $59 per child.
Sake Tasting to Soften the Blow of the Christmas Season
During this stressful time of year, The Periodic Table in Emeryville offers a perfect way to unwind: a five-round sake tasting with carefully constructed food pairings (cheese, pickles, and small plates) to maximize the relaxation.
The Public Market event runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, and features pro sake insight from owners Jake Freed and Hiroko Nakamura. In addition, the $70 experience includes a bottle of one of the five featured sakes—and the option to buy any bottle at The Periodic Table for 25% off.
Hazy Days Are Ahead at Drake’s
Okay, so maybe a lot of people don’t remember Simon and Garfunkel’s “A Hazy Shade of Winter” from 1966, but somebody at Drake’s Brewing Company in San Leandro has an oldies collection, because this Sunday’s celebration is called “Hazy Daze of Winter.”
The $50 event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features 13 breweries, aside from Drake’s, and naturally highlights some of the haziest brews around. There are also some high-adjunct beers (featuring non-traditional ingredients added during the brewing process) as well as tunes provided by local DJs—but fear not: No Simon and Garfunkel songs will be harmed during the old-school hip-hop and R&B selections.