Diablo Dish: Oakland Restaurant Week Kicks Off
The City of Concord gets comfy during its restaurant week; South Korean chain Mom’s Touch Chicken and Burger lands in the East Bay; Mod Pizza opens in The Veranda; La Boulangerie opening in Oakland; and more Dish.
Oaktown’s Restaurant Week Starts Thursday
If you can’t find something you like during Oakland Restaurant Week (ORW)—which runs from Thursday, January 18, through Sunday, January 21 (okay, it’s more than a week)—then you definitely qualify as a picky eater.
More than 80 restaurants are offering specials. From Lake Chalet in downtown, to Homestead on Piedmont Avenue, to Scott’s Seafood in Jack London Square, there’s certainly something for everyone.
For all the details, go to the Visit Oakland website and start planning.
Local Food Adventures ORW Tour Discounts
As ORW kicks into gear, Local Food Adventures is happy to jump on board with a 20% discount for both the Rockridge Neighborhood Heritage Food Tour (usually $80) and the Grand Lake Cultural Cuisine Food Tour (normally $65).
The Grand Lake tour (available Saturday, January 13, and Saturday, January 20, at 3 p.m.) includes a two-hour stroll around Lake Merritt and a sampling of four diverse food options. The Rockridge tour (available Sunday, January 14, and Sunday, January 21, at 11 a.m.) is three hours long and has six food stops.
Concord Opts for Comfort During Restaurant Week
From January 19–28, Concord will join the celebration of California’s restaurant month with a clear focus: comfort food. And who doesn’t need some comfort food after the holidays …
Each of the 19 participants (see the list here) will have a menu item that combines comfort with Concord’s culinary diversity. From empanadas and mole con pollo at Canasta Kitchen, to the braised pork in adobo sauce at Lima, to the wood-fired pizzas at Plate and Vine, to the meatloaf and mashed potatoes at E. J. Phair, Concord will make it easy to bounce back from 2017 and prepare for a better 2018.
First U.S. Mom’s Touch Opens in Concord
Mom’s Touch Chicken and Burger, a South Korean chain with more than 600 locations, opened its first restaurant in the United States in Concord (just off Todos Santos Plaza), reports Beyond the Creek.
The main attractions are chicken wings, chicken burgers, and bulgogi (thinly sliced marinated beef) burgers, with classic fry sides.
Note that Mom’s Touch does not use trans fat oils or MSG, so there’s some attempt at balancing burgers with healthy eating.
Sometimes It’s Hard to Keep Up with The Veranda
Concord’s newest shopping center keeps rolling out new food options, and this week’s debut was Mod Pizza. Mod specializes in made-to-order pizzas and salads, with many ways to accessorize.
Upcoming eats include Super Duper Burger (self-explanatory); Puesto (tacos and tequila, a hard-to-resist combination); Popbar (all-natural ice cream); EMC Seafood and Raw Bar; and Mikuni Restaurant and Sushi Bar.
It may take a few months for everything to fall into place, but clearly there will be plenty of culinary reasons to visit the Veranda.
The Wheels are Turning West of the Caldecott
Though the news flow is a bit slow east of the tunnel, Nosh has been busy tracking down what’s going on in Berkeley and Oakland.
First, those who still miss Lafayette’s La Boulange—which closed in 2015 when Starbucks took over the company—can look forward to revisiting the menu at La Boulangerie on College Avenue (where Pasta Pomodoro used to be) in the coming months. Original owner Pascal Rigo is back in charge and slowly re-establishing the chain’s presence.
Chow, on the other hand, simply keeps growing, and next up is an Oakland branch on Piedmont Avenue. It will resemble the Lafayette location—complete with a market—more than the Danville one.
And the intriguingly titled Bird and Buffalo has been added to the list of Temescal restaurants in Oakland, as the Thai place recently opened where Rosamunde used to be. But the name isn’t the only twist—the menu will specialize in Thai soul food, a combination that deserves a try.
Postino Back in Business Thursday
If you dropped by Lafayette’s Postino on Monday or Tuesday (or plan to on Wednesday) the closed doors are nothing more than remodeling. The restaurant will reopen Thursday for business as usual in its rustic (and historic) home on Mt. Diablo Boulevard.