Diablo Dish: Co Nam Brings Rustic Vietnamese to Oakland
Posada is rolling in its new food truck; Danville gets a Philz; the spectacular Commis keeps its two Michelin stars; Gott’s Roadside hands out free ice cream in downtown Walnut Creek; and more Dish.
Co Nam Expands to Oakland
Oakland’s ethnic eats scene may seem full to the brim, and the Temescal district might seem to have an overwhelming amount of dining options, but http://www.conamsf.com/ at 40th and Telegraph Avenue (right on the edge of the Mosswood and Temescal districts) brings some more Southeast Asian spice to the mix with its rustic, street food flavors.
The San Francisco–based restaurant will expand into the Town and offer typical Vietnamese fare, including pho, spring rolls, and shaken beef. But it will also bring its own flair with its Co Nam burger (1/2 pound Angus chuck, umami sauce, and watercress on brioche) and a build-your-own-bowl option—allowing diners to choose a base (noodles, rice, or salad); protein (grilled pork, lemongrass beef, five-spice chicken); and all the crunchy, fresh accouterment (green onion pesto, pickled daikon and carrots, cucumber, cashews, etc.) one may desire.
Posada Does a Wheelie
OK, not really, but the mental image of Livermore’s popular Southwestern restaurant lifted into the air on one side of the building is an entertaining one.
Actually, the wheels are on a Posada food truck that is now stationed at Vasco Road and Research Drive (near the Lawrence Livermore National Lab) every Wednesday through Sunday, offering some of the most popular menu items available at the Murrieta Boulevard brick-and-mortar site.
So not only can Livermore lab workers feast on such dishes as fish tacos and chicken wings with a Southwestern flair, but so can visitors to nearby Nottingham Cellars, Altamont Beer Works, and Wood Family Vineyards.
Philz Opens Another East Bay Location in Danville
Philz is slowly migrating to the east side of the Caldecott Tunnel, as a Danville location will eventually join the Walnut Creek and Lafayette outposts. The latest coffeehouse—but not the last, we’re sure—will be in the old Lucy Activewear space, on Railroad Avenue across from Noah’s Bagels. Look for an opening early next year.
Commis Keeps Its Two Michelin Stars—and It Is Special
Earlier this fall, we decided that the time had come to make the investment—and investment is the right word—and visit Commis, the only Michelin-starred restaurant in the East Bay. And now, Commis has been awarded two stars, which in Michelin-speak means a “restaurant worth a detour.”
Let’s make it clear that Diablo has a very discerning food critic guiding readers on the hot, new places to eat, and we’re just people who like to eat. But even to our untrained palate, the small restaurant on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland was a cut above anything we have experienced—and yes, it was worth the hefty check at the end of the meal.
The staff is incredibly knowledgeable, and the series of small plates is not only bursting with flavor and texture, but also filling and satisfying in unexpected ways. And chef James Syhabout is far from a remote figure, even serving one of the courses to our table.
In short, a minor detour to our homegrown Michelin two-star restaurant was a special experience, and though we swallowed hard at the damage to the credit card, it was a meal we’ll never forget. Congrats, Commis, and well done.
Breakfast with Santa? Sure, and for a Good Cause Too
Even Santa loves pancakes, and he’ll be at Sideboard Neighborhood Kitchen and Coffee Bar Sunday, December 9, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. to break bread with mere mortals—and, not coincidentally, raise money for the Lafayette Historical Society.
Local Food Adventures is organizing the breakfast comprised of off-the-menu pancakes, orange juice, and coffee ($49 for adults, $39 for seniors and children ages 12 and under), plus participants will receive a year’s membership in the Historical Society, which is a $50 value all by itself. And from now until Sunday you can snag a ticket at 25% off with discount code HOHOHO at check out.
Go to Gott’s While the Getting (Free Ice Cream) Is Good
It’s been a year since Gott’s Roadside opened in downtown Walnut Creek, and to celebrate, every customer this Friday (December 7) will get a mini-cone of soft-serve—for free.
Sure, 10 a.m. might seem a little early for ice cream, but since Gott’s is open until 9 p.m., there are plenty of opportunities to fit it into your dining schedule.
Oakland’s Oeste Adds Breakfast and Brunch
Old Oakland is starting to overflow with good food, and Oeste has joined the crowd by offering breakfast and brunch. Food is available at Eighth and Clay Streets from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekends.