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Diablo Dish: Red Door Eats Offers Specialty Sammies in Berkeley

Walnut Creek’s Le Cheval is set to close; 21st Amendment Brewing is a featured brewer at SF Beer Week; unique Fieldwork beer pairing dinner at Comal; multicourse menu options for Valentine’s Day; and more Dish.


Red Door Eats

Red Door Eats Open in Berkeley

Locally owned and operated Red Door Eats just opened on Fulton Street in Berkeley and will offer all-natural sandwiches and salads, four of which will be specially priced combos.

Eight signature sandwiches and salads will be available for just $8 through Saturday, February 2; after that, the specials are just $9. (Note, however, that Red Door Eats is closed on Sundays.) 


Walnut Creek’s Le Cheval to Close

Downtown’s Le Cheval opened in 2007 and was one of the first outposts in what has become a focal point for quality restaurants in Contra Costa County. But after 12 years, its doors will shut in early February.
However, Southeast Asian flavors will remain at the spot, with Burma Unique moving in soon after. 


Suni Sudhi

21st Amendment Kicks Off SF Beer Week

San Leandro’s 21st Amendment Brewery is one of just five breweries that will be featured at the SF Beer Week Opening Gala (which has a Game of Thrones theme), and is where Fruit of the Dragon pale ale will make its debut.

After the opening gala on Friday, February 1, Fruit of the Dragon and the other featured brews will be poured at The Rake (the pub at Admiral Maltings in Alameda) among other locations.


Fieldwork and Comal team up for a special beer dinner

It’s always crucial to sign up early for Comal’s Abajo Dinner Series, and the next weekend of the series—February 11 and 12—will be extra special because it involves two Berkeley gustatory landmarks: Fieldwork Brewing Company and Comal.

The dinner not only features a beer pairing with each course, but also an opportunity to talk to Fieldwork head brewer Alex Tweet about each of the small-batch beers.


Hayward’s Plāyt Honors Black History Month

The B Street southern-style restaurant will offer a series of weekly specials starting Sunday, February 3 that highlight traditional African-American cuisine.

The first week, for example, will feature braised oxtails over crispy fried rice with tomato, okra, and corn succotash, and—aside from Valentine’s Day—there will be special menu items available the entirety of Black History Month.


Juanita and Maude, Kris Fernald

Valentine’s Day Is Sooner than You Think

Mistakes are often made around this time of year, as it suddenly occurs to a partner (we’ll let you guess the gender) that Valentine’s Day is, well, tomorrow. Talk about “too little, too late.” So unless you want full credit for a romantic evening at Burger King, make your reservations early.

Benvenuti Ristorante: The Walnut Creek favorite is offering an $85 four-course dinner—with multiple-course options (including a red rose)—but note the regular menu will not be available. 

Donato and Co.: The Elmwood district restaurant on Ashby Avenue is charging $55 for its three-course meal. 

Juanita and Maude: This Albany restaurant has a romantic vibe to complement its five-course, $85 dinner with an optional wine pairing offered at $35. There will also be acoustic flamenco guitar accompaniment from Keni El Lebrijano. 

Peasant and the Pear: Danville’s Rodney Worth Group outpost will feature a $75 four-course meal. 

Plate and Vine: The Hilton Concord’s restaurant has a $75 four-course dinner up for grabs, including a glass of sparkling wine and a long-stemmed rose. 


In Case You Haven’t Noticed, It’s Super Bowl Sunday

The teams might not be local, but both opposing quarterbacks went to Bay Area high schools (we’ll let your football trivia expert tell you which one went to Serra and which to Marin Catholic), so there is still a reason to watch.

Well, there’s always another reason: Super Bowl snacks, which you can enjoy either at home or at a local watering hole.

Cream: Pick up a 12-pack of customizable ice cream sandwiches from any of the numerous store locations in the area. And if you’d rather just go with ice cream all by itself, Cream will be selling two pints for $8.99 from now through Sunday. 

Ghost Town Brewing and 4505 Burgers and BBQ: Though 4505 Burgers and BBQ has yet to open in Oakland, its other locations will supply the food—for take-out or hanging out—at Oaktown’s Ghost Town Brewing on Adeline Street from noon to 7 p.m. 

Plank: All six varieties of wings are 75 cents a piece (with a minimum purchase of 12 wings) at the Jack London Square eatery, which has dozens of large-screen TVs, a wraparound bar, and—for those who don’t necessarily care about the Super Bowl—18 bowling lanes and bocce courts. 

The Prickly Pear: Maybe it doesn’t seem right to have Mexican food for the uniquely American game, but what’s not to like about habanero wings, carnitas bean dip, and jalapeno chimichangas? The deal is take-out only, and ordering in advance is advised. 

Worth Ranch: Then again, why not stick to American traditions, such as deviled eggs, potato skins, and a variety of sliders. Once more, it’s take-out only and order in advance. 


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The Cooperage

Monday through Friday
3pm – 5:30pm


This isn’t your typical happy hour. This quintessential neighborhood spot offers high-quality craft cocktails on tap and tasty bites. Menu features: $10 cocktails on tap, $5 select beer & wine, $1 oysters, $7 bacon cheeseburger sliders, $7 crispy beer battered shrimp sliders, $9 sashimi-grade ahi tuna tartare. 

32 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette
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