Diablo Dish: The Halal Guys Opens Another Location
Berkeley’s Tacubaya offers to-go rotisserie chicken; The Foundry continues to move forward in Walnut Creek; Ayesha Curry’s pop-up hits Jack London Square; it’s not too late to make Valentine’s Day reservations; and more Dish.
The Halal Guys Are Now in Fremont
If you’re on your way to the Silicon Valley and it’s one of those two-hour drives, you can break up the trip with some modern, fast-casual Middle Eastern food at the sixth Bay Area The Halal Guys location. Of course, you can’t do that until Friday, February 8, but you never know—it might take you that long to drive to San Jose.
Tacubaya Adds To-Go Chicken to Its Menu
Tacubaya is now offering three different take-home rotisserie chicken dinners (that serve two to four people) after 4 p.m. at the Berkeley restaurant on Fourth Street. After an afternoon of strolling through shops—and maybe a stop for a glass of wine—who really wants to cook anyway?
Walnut Creek’s Innovative Foundry Keeps Moving Forward
The three-story brainchild of developer Brian Hirahara has now navigated its way through the maze of permits and approvals for a project involving multiple restaurants, a market, and a community-gathering spot, and is ready to break ground in late summer or early fall.
The Foundry will be right across from the Century movie theater on Locust Street, and will be a bridge between Broadway Plaza and the rest of downtown.
Ayesha Curry Pops-Up in Jack London Square
OK, it’s only for a while, but Ayesha Curry has opened Homemade, a pop-up retail store featuring a variety of goods and home products that naturally include her signature bedding, cookware, and whatever else has got her name on it.
On Sunday, February 10, Curry will be in Jack London Square, in collaboration with CUESA Farmers Market, at 11 a.m. for a book signing. And even though the new space is a long-term pop-up, don’t expect to see the increasingly popular style maven too often. (Hey, doesn’t she have a husband who does something with sports?)
Humphry Slocombe Brings Its Revolution to Berkeley
What could be more fitting in the birthplace of counterculture than the ice cream franchise that bills itself as revolutionary?
Humphry Slocombe isn't pushing political envelopes of course, but rather ice cream ones. Berkeley residents will get full-time exposure starting this spring at the former Ici Ice Cream space in the Elmwood district on College Avenue. In the meantime, however, the revolution will pop up in Fourth Street’s Market Hall this Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. with a special scooping of the creamery’s signature chocolate flavors.
There’s Still Time to Make It Work for Valentine’s Day
But waiting much longer could be asking for trouble …
Agave Uptown: Starting at 4 p.m., Agave Uptown will offer a $45 three-course prix fixe with a complimentary glass of prosecco.
Calavera: The $55 Dia de San Valentin dinner is three courses, and the wine pairing is $25.
Chop Bar: It’s a night for couples, right? So the Chop Bar’s four-course prix fixe is $100 per couple.
Copper Spoon: The Copper Spoon’s $55 three-course prix fixe can be augmented with an aphrodisiac cocktail pairing for $30, or, for $36, the cocktails can be served in vintage couples’ punch bowls.
Doña Tomás: You know the Mexican food will be good, but there will also be the opportunity to make your table special with floral arrangements from Crimson Horticultural Rarities. There are two arrangement options—priced at $35 or $50—and of course you can take them home afterwards.
The Gastropig: Bottomless mimosas are such a clear winner for Valentine’s Day that the Gastropig will make them available on Friday, February 15, as well.
Homestead: The $155 four-course prix fixe (which includes gratuities) comes with a $65 by-the-glass wine-pairing option.
Honor Kitchen and Cocktails: We have to acknowledge the best meal name of the year—“Good Enough for the Dude”—at Honor Kitchen and Cocktails in Emeryville, which is a $48 prix fixe. The secondary “Viva El Dude” is just $30, most likely because the name is slightly less cool.
La Marcha: Five courses for $75, with the highlight being a choice of seafood, meat, or vegan paella. And diners get a glass of Spanish sparkling wine.
Lake Chalet Seafood Bar and Grill: Enjoy the views of Lake Merritt and the $85 four-course menu at Lake Chalet.
Plāyt: For Southern food aficionados, the trip to Hayward and the $65 three-course prix fixe will not be too much of a bother. The wine pairing is another $30.
The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards: The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards is also extending the Valentine’s experience by offering its $115 four-course prix fixe meal on Sunday, February 17, too.
The Terrace Room: The $65 three-course prix fixe will be made even more romantic with live music from acoustic ensemble Bell and Co.