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Diablo Dish: Noah’s Bagels Is Temescal’s Next Tenant

Walnut Creek’s Oke Poke opened; iTea quenches your thirst near DVC; More Valentine’s Day reservation options; East Brother Beer Co. turns one; and more Dish.


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Jeff Padrick

Noah’s Bagels Heading to Temescal

Not only is Noah’s coming to the booming Temescal area, it’s doing so with a brand-new concept that starts with a 2,300-square-foot space featuring a larger dining room and seating options that range from tables, to bar seats, to banquettes.

The design is more contemporary with stainless steel and wood finishes, and the craft beverage menu has been updated to include Joyride cold brew teas and Peet’s coffee—in addition to a half-dozen teas and coffees on tap. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a “baker’s theater,” so customers can watch Noah’s employees in action as they seed, proof, and bake bagels.

The grand opening is on Saturday, February 10, at 9 a.m.

 

Do the Oke Poke

Yes, another poke restaurant has opened in Walnut Creek, as apparently the local demand for poke is pretty much inexhaustible.

The newest spot is located across from Kaiwa Sushi on Locust Street. This is the eighth Oke Poke but the first one in Northern California, and it offers six different poke bowl options—and note that the avocado is always free, which is enough to get me interested. You can also get miso soup and ice-cream sandwiches, plus the usual Hawaiian shaved ice.

 

Haruthai Thanasawasdi

Siam Fine Thai Cuisine to Step In for OIC Bowl in Walnut Creek

OIC Bowl had a good run on Main Street, but as is the norm in the restaurant business, even good runs don't last forever. So, moving into that space later this month will be Siam Fine Thai Cuisine, which got its start in San Jose and now has a restaurant in Palo Alto. Siam was in Santana Row for eight years, and shifted to Palo Alto in late 2016—and now is making its move into the East Bay.

 

Latest iTea Lands Next to DVC

They’re everywhere—or so it seems. The newest iTea (part of the Boba tea craze that is rivaled only by the poke phenomenon) is across the street from Diablo Valley College, joining an arsenal of other local outlets including Alameda, Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Moraga, Oakland, Pleasanton, and San Ramon.

The varied menu—with plenty of teas, fruit teas, milk teas, and smoothies—has clearly found a home in the area, even though iTea originated in Taiwan 45 years ago.

 

There’s Still Time to Make Those V–Day Reservations

But we wouldn’t advise waiting too long. A Valentine’s dinner at Burger King generally doesn’t have the required effect …

Homestead: One of the leaders in the no-tip movement (which partially explains the relatively high price), the Piedmont Avenue mainstay’s four-course, prix fixe menu costs $100, with an optional by-the-glass wine pairing for an additional $60.

Donato & Co.: The Berkeley restaurant—just west of Ashby and College Avenues—has both a prix fixe (three courses for $48) and its regular menu.

Teni East Kitchen: Want to go exotic and keep things budget friendly? Try this full-service Burmese restaurant in Oakland’s Temescal district. The dinner costs $32 a person and even includes a half-bottle of wine.

La Marcha: The San Pablo Avenue Spanish tapas bar offers a seven-course, prix fixe meal for $75, which includes tapas, paella, and dessert.

Eve’s Waterfront: The $60 prix fixe runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m. and includes a red rose for each couple who chooses from the sea bass, filet mignon, rack of lamb, or lobster.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza

FIVE: It all starts with the 4 to 7 p.m. happy hour, with $5 sparkling wine and other $5 specials; and then comes the $39, three-course prix fixe meal.

Gather: The regular menu will be available from 5 to 9 p.m., but there will be some specials such as the Valentine’s pizza or the Merguez sausage pinwheel.

Hutch Bar and Kitchen: For $160, couples can enjoy the five–course prix fixe meal that also includes a glass of champagne—not to mention a half-dozen oysters on the half-shell. It’s clear Hutch doesn’t settle for half-measures.

Walnut Creek Yacht Club: Valentine’s Day plans didn’t work out? The Walnut Creek Yacht Club offers reservations from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., as well as its dinner reservations from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The regular menu is available alongside a special menu for two for $75.

Bourbon Highway (for singles only): Tired of watching happy couples stare deeply into each other’s eyes while trading sweet nothings and sips of champagne? Then head to Walnut Creek’s Bourbon Highway at 8 p.m., where DJ CC Amato will get the (singles’) party started.

 

Good Beer Hunting for East Brother Beer

Richmond’s East Brother Beer to Celebrate Its First Birthday

Neatly timed to coincide with San Francisco Beer Week—which begins Friday—East Brother Beer Co. will celebrate its one-year anniversary with its second annual Rec Room Party on Sunday, February 11, from noon to 8 p.m.

Aside from plenty of beer, the day includes East Brother beer-infused barbecue by Steel Smokin’ BBQ, live music, and Rec Room games such as ping pong, pinball, a retro gamer with classic ’80s arcade games—plus, the introduction aof, a new East Brother beer.

Admission is free, but for $20 attendees, can purchase a ticket for a sampler plate of beer-infused food, a pint, and some fun Rec Room swag.

 

Ici Offers Sweet Deals for Sweethearts 

Ici Ice Cream makes it easy to celebrate Valentine's Day with a series of specials at its two Berkeley sites (one on College and one on University). Ice cream lovers can go for a passion fruit baked Alaska, ice cream cakes, and heart-shaped bombes, while those looking for something that won't melt in the traffic can opt for a box of chocolate almond butter crunch toffee, heart cookies, or special marshmallows.

And remember, all Ici's products are made from scratch, and the eight to 11 daily flavors vary depending on what ingredients are fresh and seasonal.


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