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Diablo Dish: Lokanta to Open Its Walnut Creek Location on July 10

Dosa heads to Oakland; Comal is expanding; Lucille’s brings barbecue to Dublin; and Diablo Ballet hosts its annual Gourmet Gallop!


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Lokanta Grill and Bar

Lokanta’s Been a Long Time Coming, but the Wait is Almost Over

After a seemingly endless series of delays, many of which were caused by issues with PG&E, Lokanta Mediterranean Grill and Bar will finally open its Walnut Creek location on July 10.

The original restaurant in Pleasanton has garnered a devoted cult following for its delicious Mediterranean food, and diners expect the same mix of entrées at the newest spot—from paella to musakka to grilled shish kebabs—on Locust Street.

Bonus: There’s also a full bar that can provide refreshing drinks, which will help keep you cool during an already baking-hot summer.

 

Uptown Goes South—South Indian, that is

Those who love Dosa—and there are quite a lot—will be ecstatic to hear that owners Anjan and Emily Mitra are planning an Oakland project that may be opening this fall, bringing the vibrant food of South India to Broadway, according to Berkeleyside.

The two existing Dosa locations, both in San Francisco, have earned a much-deserved reputation for high-quality Indian food and a striking ambiance, and hopes are high that the upcoming spot in Uptown will keep that tradition going.

In the meantime, Dosa lovers can find prepackaged Dosa meals at ENRoute in Walnut Creek, near the Pleasant Hill BART station.

 

Comal to Slide Into Phil’s Space

Berkeley’s popular Comal will expand in the near future, as the gourmet Mexican restaurant has plans to take over the space previously occupied by Phil’s Sliders, which will close on July 1.

It’s still unclear what the new space will look like and when it will open, but it’s definitely good news for those who have struggled to get a reservation at Comal in the past.

 

Tacos Oscar to Put Down Roots in Oakland

As with other successful food trucks, Tacos Oscar will be opening a brick-and-mortar site this fall, according to Berkeleyside. The tacos made with hand-pressed tortillas and topped with soft-boiled eggs are a perennial favorite, but there are plenty of other savory toppings available.

Music lovers may have already encountered Tacos Oscar at concerts and record stores, as co-owner Oscar Michel has played in local bands, but the upcoming 40th Street location will make it much easier to satisfy that taco craving.

 

Blue Bottle Coffee

Blue Bottle Returns Home

Fifteen years ago, James Freeman opened a modest coffee stand in the Old Oakland Farmers Market. Now, his successful and highly regarded Blue Bottle Coffee will return to downtown Oakland, with a spacious new café and training lab in the historic Henry House on 9th Street.

Visitors can expect high-quality single origins and blends, plus Liège waffle and toast. They can also take a peek into the new training facility and watch future baristas learn their trade. Or, they can simply bask in the history of the Henry House, which was built in 1877 and features an Italianate facade, Corinthian columns, and glints of gold leaf.

Oh, and there’s an outdoor patio, too, providing yet another reason to visit the newest Oakland coffee shop.

 

Lucille’s to Add Some Barbecue Flavor to Dublin

Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que has been a staple at Concord’s Sunvalley Shopping Center for a while now, but up next is the 22nd location of Lucille’s, which will be opening on Amador Plaza Road (where the Elephant Bar used to be).

Dublin diners won’t be able to get their fix of Lucille’s ribs and fried green tomatoes until early 2018, but we’re sure it’ll be worth the wait.

 

Rigatoni’s Red Smoke Grill

BBQ + Italian = Rigatoni’s Red Smoke Grill

It took a minute or so for us to wrap our heads—and taste buds—around this concept as well, but when you stop and think about, how could mixing the flavors of Santa Maria–style barbecue with Italian specialties not be scrumptious?

Pleasanton’s Rigatoni’s Red Smoke Grill is now serving that combo in a fast-casual setting on Hopyard Road, and is also offering burgers, sandwiches and salads.

 

Ubiquitous Naan ‘n’ Curry Now at Stoneridge

Naan ‘n’ Curry eateries seem to be everywhere, but for good reason: The fast-casual restaurant chain serves up generous portions of tasty Pakistani and Indian cuisine all over the world. And now, Pleasanton residents can quickly get their fill of kormas, goshts, and of course, naan and curry, at the Stoneridge Shopping Center.

 

Gourmet Gallop

Get a Jump—or Jeté—on Diablo Ballet’s Gourmet Gallop

The seventh annual Gourmet Gallop may not be until August 10, but the food and wine walk always sells out, so those interested in enjoying various goodies from places such as Lark Creek, Massimo, San Francisco Creamery, and the Walnut Creek Yacht Club (plus many more) should sign up soon. (Full disclosure: Diablo Magazine is the co-sponsor, but we don’t just take on that role for anyone…)

Tickets cost $45 and will help support Diablo Ballet’s PEEK Program (Performing Arts Education and Enrichment for Kids), the only arts education program of its kind offered by a professional dance company in the Bay Area. PEEK also provides arts education to teenagers in the Contra Costa County juvenile justice system.