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Diablo Dish: Slow Hand BBQ Expanding to Martinez

Da Nang Tourane Vietnamese Restaurant will open in original Albany spot; Walnut Creek’s Benvenuti Ristorante searches for the best new drink; another coffee shop is rolling into Walnut Creek; enter for a chance to win Taste Our Terroir tickets; and more Dish.


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Slow Hand BBQ to Expand into Martinez

The Pleasant Hill barbecue and prime rib restaurant—located across the street from the strip mall that’s home to WiseGirl, Kobe Japan, and Latte Da—is taking over the downtown Martinez spot now occupied by the Beaver Creek Smokehouse.

There’s no firm date on when the second Slow Hand outpost will open, but expect the same slow-cooked ribs, chicken, and brisket on the menu—as well as prime rib.


Da Nang Circles Back to Albany

For more than 20 years, Da Nang Tourane Vietnamese Restaurant was an Albany favorite for Vietnamese food—especially the unpronounceable “pho”—but in 2005, the San Pablo Avenue restaurant closed, and the focus shifted to the Antioch location on Hillcrest Avenue.

But the original Da Nang recently reopened in its former Albany spot, so now, there are two options for Central County fans … but here’s a quick quiz: Which Da Nang is closest to Walnut Creek?

Answer: Albany, by 1.5 miles. But you already knew that.


Two Tickets to Livermore Valley’s Taste Our Terroir Up for Grabs

Taste Our Terroir is right around the corner, and Diablo Dish wants to make it even more fun by offering tickets to the pairing dinner on Thursday, July 26.

While you can still purchase tickets to any of the 13 events happening next week, enter our contest for a chance to win here. The contest closes this Friday, July 20, so don’t miss out.


Sweetwaters Takes a Cross-Country Leap Into Walnut Creek

Sure, there are 10 other Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea locations in the U.S., but the nearest one is 2,286 miles away in Nashville, and four are clustered around the University of Michigan, which is 2,339 miles from Contra Costa County.

But later this month, you’ll only need to go to North California Boulevard (in the Lyric apartment building) in Walnut Creek to find the same coffee, tea, pastries, desserts, and light fare that have worked so well in the Midwest.


Benvenuti Ristorante


Join the Quest for Cocktail Greatness at Walnut Creek’s Benvenuti

Yes, you too can don your shining armor (OK, a collared shirt will do), leap onto your mighty stallion (the Ford Fiesta isn’t quite as thrilling, we have to admit), gird up your loins (whatever that might mean), and spend $6 on cocktails this Thursday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Benvenuti Ristorante on North Broadway.

The bartenders—excuse us … Merlin’s magical mixologists—will be seeking a holy grail, as patrons will vote on Thursday’s creations, and the winner will find a home on the menu.

No doubt about it: We’re more up for this than chasing down some smelly, smoky dragon.




Lafayette’s Yankee Pier Makes Saturday Afternoon Simple

Who wants to make hard decisions in the July heat? Yankee Pier understands, so from 1 to 2:30 p.m. this Saturday, unwind on the patio and enjoy a trio of ceviches, as well as a selection of domestic and imported Rosé wines.

The cost? Just $30. The reward? Fresh fish and a relaxing, no-brainer Saturday afternoon.


Pork Lovers Should Sprint to Oakland Sunday

Chop Bar’s 10th Annual Pig Roast is near nirvana for those who just can’t get enough pork. And for $20, those who make it to 95 Linden Street on Sunday, July 22, from 3 to 8 p.m. get more than just all the pig goodies they can eat. Since the celebration is presented with Old Kan Beer and Co., the brewery will be pouring beer (and Fernet Branca) for $5. There will also be live music supplied by local blues band The Musashi Trio.

Tickets will be sold at the door, but serious eaters will be ready to fork over the $20 at 2:59 p.m. so they can indulge in as much pork as possible.


Concord Joins the Pushback Against Plastic Foam Packaging

Joining almost all of Alameda County and the Contra Costa County cities of Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Martinez, Richmond, and Pittsburg, Concord will ban the use of “clamshell” polystyrene takeout containers and other expanded polystyrene cups, plates, and trays starting in 2019.

The convenient containers are, unfortunately, difficult to recycle, and an increasing number of cities and counties are prohibiting their use. That could be just the beginning of a larger movement, as more progressive cities around the country are starting to think seriously about banning single-use utensils and dishware made of any kind of plastic.

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Happy Hour Bar & Bites at
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
​Reservations: www.thecooperagelafayette.com or 925.298.5915

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