Diablo Dish: Tacubaya Ready to Reopen
Smith’s Landing Seafood Grill plans to move into the old Humphrey’s on the Delta space; San Francisco eatery The Bird is expanding to Berkeley; more dining options at The Wolf in Oakland; celebrate National Mojito and Ice Cream Days with Humphry Slocombe; and more Dish.
Tacubaya’s Fourth Street Move to Be Complete by Thursday
Tacubaya—an offshoot of the wildly (and deservedly) popular Doña Tomás in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood—will move two doors down on Berkeley’s Fourth Street on Thursday, July 12, doubling its size and gaining a full bar that specializes in tequila and mezcal.
The restaurant will still only offer counter service, but the menu will expand slightly and remain as authentic and tasty as before.
Antioch Finally Has a Replacement for Humphrey’s
There aren’t many spots as scenic as the one that housed Humphrey’s on the Delta for more than 20 years (OK, Crockett’s The Dead Fish is probably a bit more dramatic). However, since Humphrey’s closed in 2012, the East County site has remained vacant. That meant only fishermen who cast their lines into the Delta from the railings and nearby pier got to enjoy those views—but all that is going to change.
The owners of Zephyr Grill and Bar (in Brentwood and Livermore) plan to open Smith’s Landing Seafood Grill on the dock overlooking the water. Naturally, it will take some time to renovate the former Humphrey’s space, and given the vagaries of construction, it’s hard to nail down an opening date. But it won’t be that long until diners can sit back and enjoy both a quality meal and a spectacular view of the Delta.
Which will be just one more reason—along with Pittsburg’s iconic New Mecca—to make the trip along Highway 4.
Giving Berkeley The Bird
No, no. This isn’t about Stanford grads, but rather about the second location of The Bird (a restaurant specializing in fried chicken sandwiches), which recently opened at the corner of Telegraph Avenue and Channing Way.
The original The Bird (again, not that one) is in San Francisco, and after a year-plus of success, an expansion was in order. And unlike a lot of places that offer lower-priced meals, expect quality here—you can even order a beer.
Mojitos or Mint Chocolate Chip? Humphry Slocombe Has the Answer
Today (July 11) is National Mojito Day. And Sunday, July 15, is National Ice Cream Day. (Shouldn’t we get Monday off?) You might think it would be difficult to combine the two celebrations into one package, but Oakland’s Humphry Slocombe has got it covered.
Just head on down to Broadway and indulge in a scoop of Charles Chocolate Mint Mojito ice cream (which will be available all month long). But since the “mojito” in the title is no joke, you might want to bring your ID so you can fully savor the dark chocolate ice cream spiked with dark rum.
By the way, we need more holidays like these …
The Wolf Expands Its Territory
Already a lunchtime mainstay on Oakland’s Piedmont Avenue during the week, The Wolf is taking a big bite out of Saturday by introducing both lunch service and a new mid-day menu (think burgers, sandwiches, and salads).
The acclaimed neighborhood restaurant—where the obligatory craft cocktails are always available—is located where the revered Baywolf once operated, and owners Rich and Rebekah Wood are well-known for their popular Wood Tavern eatery in Oakland that preceded The Wolf.
Walnut Creek’s Bourbon Highway Finally Celebrates Its “Opening”
Even though Bourbon Highway has been a country music mainstay on North Main since November of last year, the official grand opening is actually today, Wednesday, July 11, when a new menu created by new chef Frank Miller will add a little more New Orleans flavor to the Americana vibe.
The barbecue sauces, however, will reflect the entire South—from Mississippi to the Carolinas—while much of the seafood will have a bayou feel.
You can check it all out from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight for the official grand opening—or any time (including for weekend brunch) you’re in the mood for country music; corn hole; a taste of fresh, locally sourced ingredients; and Southern cooking.
Find a Bit of France at Market Hall in Rockridge
Though the uncultured—that would be us—call le 14 Juillet “Bastille Day,” the French, more euphoniously, refer to the holiday as la Fete nationale. Regardless, it is a day to celebrate all things French, and from noon to 3 p.m., Market Hall will offer cheese and charcuterie tastings. Plus, Market Hall Bakery will have double-baked raspberry almond croissants available. (My mouth is watering as I type this…)
There will also be prize giveaways, cooking demonstrations, and a focus on the French pantry. Vive la France!
CREAM Double Scoops for National Ice Cream Day
Naturally, CREAM gets excited about National Ice Cream Day—which is happening this Sunday—so not only will the celebration extend to Monday, but on both days, patrons can buy one scoop and get the second one for free.
With CREAM locations in Alameda, Berkeley, Concord, Livermore, Oakland, and Walnut Creek, true ice cream fanatics can potentially double up on this offer by visiting more than one store.
The Peasant and the Pear Goes French for Bastille Day
Maybe the 131st anniversary doesn’t have quite the ring of the 125th or 150th, but Danville’s The Peasant and the Pear will still celebrate July 14 with a $55 prix fixe meal that will begin with French onion soup and conclude with crêpes suzette.
Of course, the celebration could be for France’s spot in the World Cup final (which takes place on Sunday), but for those who were cheering for Belgium—or who aren’t that excited about French food—the regular menu will also be available.