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Diablo Dish: Belcampo Opens This Weekend in Jack London Square

Plucked Chicken and Beer is open in San Ramon; Oakland’s long-running Mexicali Rose is closing; Basil Leaf Cafe in Danville will be replaced by a new Mexican spot; Basque Boulangerie offers some enticing new specials; and more Dish.


Celia Catalina

Belcampo Opens in Jack London Square Sunday

The eighth outpost for the meat-based restaurant chain will open Sunday, July 1, in Jack London Square—with complimentary food and drink, live music, and a whole-lamb butchering demonstration. After the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. grand opening on Sunday, the 230-seat restaurant and outdoor patio will be ready for brunch, lunch, and dinner service.

Belcampo will offer meat raised at its 25,000-acre farm near Mt. Shasta, which is focused on sustainable, healthy products. The eatery will even have specialty grocery items on hand (including rubs and marinades) and a 12-foot butcher counter where customers can pick up custom meats.

The rustic, farmhouse-inspired space will also feature a full bar (larger than the butcher counter) pouring craft cocktails.


Plucked Chicken and Beer Opens in San Ramon

The Sauced BBQ and Spirits offshoot—which, not surprisingly, features chicken rather than barbecue—has opened in Crow Canyon Commons, according to Beyond the Creek.

Plucked Chicken and Beer offers six chicken sandwiches, including the intriguing chicken and waffle sandwich. There are also a few salads and tasty vegetarian options, and—unlike most counter-service restaurants—there are self-service beer taps as well.


After 91 Years, Mexicali Rose to Call It Quits

A landmark in downtown Oakland for nearly a century, Mexicali Rose will shut its doors for good at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 29. Many longtime East Bay residents have found their way to Seventh Street at least once over the years to enjoy the classic margaritas and hefty portions of Mexican-American food.

But nostaglia doesn’t sell as well as it used to (unless you’re El Charro), and nouveau Mexican restaurants such as Nido and upscale options like Doña Tomas and Agave Uptown have stolen much of Mexicali Rose’s thunder. Still, such institutions are a link to our culinary history, and Mexicali Rose will be missed.


 Basil Leaf Cafe to Be Replaced by New Mexican Restaurant

Long-running Danville restaurant Basil Leaf Cafe will shut its doors in August. After a couple months’ worth of remodeling, look for Cocina Hermanas to take its place.

Cocina Hermanas is named for owner Darren Matte’s three daughters. Diners can expect a new terrace and bar—which will feature an extensive selection of mezcals, tequilas, and other agave-base spirits. Oh, and if Matte’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he also runs Danville Harvest across the street.


Natasha Sisodiya



Danville’s Basque Boulangerie Offers a July Special

Though Basque Boulangerie on Hartz Avenue draws plenty of attention for its bakery, there’s also dinner service Thursdays through Saturdays—and during July, there will be several enticements.

First up, enjoy two weekly dinner entrées and two glasses of house wine for $35. Alternatively, there’s the España special: lamb meatballs in a romesco sauce with a cucumber and feta salad for just $13.



Livermore’s Hops and Sessions Brings Beer Into the Digital Age

There’s always something new, and though Hops and Sessions isn’t the first to allow customers to draw their own beer, it’s the first we’ve heard of in the East Bay. It works like this: Customers get an electronic wristband, which allows them to choose from any of the 28 beers (or two wines) on tap. As you pour away, the wristband totals up how many ounces you drink.

Hops and Sessions, which is located across the street from Sauced, also offers food (burgers, sausages, and sides) and is more evidence that “cutting edge” isn’t limited to the other side of the tunnel.


Don’t Turn Up Your Nose at Crockett’s The Dead Fish

Sure, it’s not the most alluring name for a restaurant—although, who would want to eat a live fish?—but The Dead Fish has made OpenTable’s list of the 100 best alfresco dining spots. And that’s not just the 100 best in the Bay Area or California—that’s the 100 best in the United States.

So maybe it’s worth a trip to the wilds of Crockett to enjoy the views, quirky decor, and aptly named Recently Demised Fish of the Day. Burgers and pastas also dot the menu, and a full bar adds to the fun.


Eve’s Waterfront’s Elaborate Sunday Brunch Buffet Has It All

For $50, diners not only get to enjoy the view of the estuary from just south of Jack London Square, but they also get a house-selected specialty cocktail.

The food? Try steamer pots full of crab, prawns, and clams; carving stations; chicken and waffles; ribs; biscuits and gravy; stir-fry noodles; and just about anything anyone could want.

And for just $15 more, during the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. time slot, bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s are available as well.


Michelle Min

Wallow in the World Cup at Oakland’s Paradise Park Cafe

FIFA fans need nourishment, too, so the Paradise Park Cafe at San Pablo and Alcatraz Avenues will open its doors for the 7 and 8 a.m. games, offering deals on its breakfast sandwiches.

But don’t come expecting food for the 5 a.m. kickoffs … if you get up that early, you’re on your own.


Berkeley’s Homemade Cafe Is One in a Melon on Friday

OK, pun-haters may cringe, but food lovers will be happy to hear that Homemade Cafe’s monthly pop-up dinner is Friday, June 29—and will feature watermelon and other goodies such as lobster mac and cheese, short-rib sliders, and a house-made double-chocolate brownie with ice cream.

There’s plenty more for the $85 prix fixe, and for an additional $24, wine pairings will appear on your table, too. Seatings are at 6 and 8:30 p.m. at the Sacramento Street eatery.

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