Diablo Dish: Farmhouse Kitchen Is Serving Up Thai
Blue Bottle Coffee headed to Piedmont Avenue; Orinda’s La Piazza adds a breakfast menu; 626 Night Market hosts Asian street food gathering in Pleasanton; Homemade Cafe in Berkeley preps for a new pop-up dinner; and more Dish.
Farmhouse Kitchen Now Open in Jack London Square
Farmhouse Kitchen may sound like Oakland’s version of Lafayette’s Millie’s Kitchen, but it’s actually a Thai restaurant that features spicy curries, noodle dishes, and salads. Though the Jack London Square location has the same name as the San Francisco original, note that the restaurant is run by the same folks who operate Daughter Thai in Montclair.
In addition to offering delectable Thai cuisine, the Oakland Farmhouse Kitchen will have a full bar with cocktails, which is never a bad thing (maybe Millie’s should think about that).
Coffee, Coffee Everywhere: Blue Bottle Comes to Piedmont Avenue
We all love caffeine, but who knew we loved it so much?
And it’s not just Oakland that’s swimming in coffee. Lafayette, Walnut Creek, and pretty much every other East Bay city seem to have a coffee shop on every other corner.
Then again, if we didn’t drink so much, there wouldn’t be so many coffeehouses.
Orinda’s La Piazza Adds Breakfast
La Piazza is now serving breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon, but don’t look for the Italian flavors highlighted at dinner. Instead, the morning menu features American breakfast classics such as pancakes and omelets.
The eatery, located right across from the Orinda Theatre, will be a good morning option for many Lamorinda residents, as Nation’s is the only other restaurant south of Highway 24 that offers breakfast. And while we admit that Nation’s has its own charms, it isn’t necessarily everyone’s first choice.
626 Night Market Expands to Northern California
626 is the area code for the San Gabriel Valley and its vibrant Asian community, so for the past six years, the 626 Night Market has brought together food trucks, entertainment, and arts and crafts vendors at large outdoor venues in Southern California for a weekend of fun and good times—all with Asian flare.
Now, the night market is coming to Northern California. The first NorCal Night Market is landing at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton this week, taking place from 3 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29. Admission is $5, but children ages three and under can enter free of charge. And in a world where parking for an A’s game costs $30, it’s just $10 to park at the NorCal Night Market.
Homemade Cafe Pops Up with Some Favorite Things
Well, it depends. Is chicken liver mousse in your top 10 foods? Or bourbon butterscotch pudding with candied bacon? We’re not sure whether those fit with Homemade Cafe’s “A Few of My Favorite Things” theme, but on Friday night, diners can find out if those items deserve a spot on the list.
With seatings at 6 and 8:30 p.m., the longtime Berkeley restaurant will serve both dishes in its monthly pop-up, along with pork belly and clams with chorizo. The four-course meal costs $85, and there’s the option to add a wine pairing for another $24.
Note that Homemade is usually only open for breakfast and lunch, so stopping by for dinner won’t work out that well, unless you’re coming for the monthly pop-ups.
Celebrate Japan at Oakland’s Matsuri Festival This Saturday
The sixth annual Matsuri Festival, organized by Umami Mart, will run from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 28 in the Old Oakland parking lot at 8th and Washington Streets, right behind Umami Mart and The Trappist.
The Trappist is more than a bystander, however, as it will supply the beer and sake. Meanwhile, kamikaze dogs will come from Aburaya, hiyashi chūka (aka chilled ramen) from Shiba Ramen, and desserts from J-Shack and Stonemill Matcha.
There will be entertainment as well—including taiko drumming—to help ensure an all-around great afternoon.
The Halal Guys Add to Their Empire: The Uptown Oakland Spot Opens Friday
Sure, the founders may claim they’re not superstitious, but the original opening date (Friday, July 13) for The Halal Guys in Uptown Oakland “didn’t work out,” so it’s happening this Friday (the very safe Friday the 27th).
The Halal Guys, which started as a New York City street cart, has become a global chain and recently debuted a Berkeley location on Center Street. The new Uptown Oakland outpost will feature the same menu, serving up its famous gyro, falafel, chicken, and signature sauces.
The grand opening will feature gifts for the first 1,000 customers who arrive for the 11 a.m. opening—including complimentary food—until supplies run out. But maybe with your luck, you’ll be guest 1,001, even if it isn’t Friday the 13th.