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Diablo Dish: Modern Filipino Pop-Up Takes Root in Emeryville

Sourdough and Co. is baking up a storm in Dublin; taste sub-zero chilled ice cream at Creamistry; Moraga will welcome Noodle Theory to Lamorinda; Neopolitan pizza from MidiCi opens this winter in The Veranda; and more Dish.


Aggie Revane

Likha Pops-Up Permanently in Emeryville’s Hometown Heroes

Hometown Heroes—which has developed a reputation as a laid-back sports bar—has brought in pop-up Likha to handle the kitchen. Likha (Tagalog for “to create”) will offer bar fare with a modern Filipino twist such as chicken adobo rice, ukoy (sweet potato) fritters, and pork belly sisig rice.

These dishes and other Filipino specialties will be available from 4 to 10 p.m., and make sure to check out the Saturday brunch starting at 11 a.m., which is totally worth the trip to Adeline Street.


Sourdough and Co. Opens in Dublin

The 15th location for Sourdough and Co.—but the first in the Bay Area—debuted in Dublin last week. Now, Tri-Valley residents looking for sandwiches made with freshly baked, warm sourdough bread don’t need to look any further. There are also soups and salads on the menu, and all the offerings can be found in the Target shopping center just off I-580.


Blackhawk Plaza Is the First to Host Creamistry in the Bay Area

Creamistry—a nationwide chain specializing in ice cream made with liquid nitrogen (think Smitten)—has opened in Blackhawk Plaza. This is Creamistry’s initial foray into Northern California, and customers will discover plenty of flavors and toppings that will cool off what looks to be a long, hot summer.

And cool is the key concept here, as most ice cream is served around 5° F, but liquid nitrogen starts at a frosty –321°, so even the Blackhawk heat doesn’t stand a chance.


Jenny Soi Photography

Noodle Theory Hypothesis Results in a Moraga Expansion

Noodle Theory, which started in Rockridge in 2007 and expanded to Emeryville in 2016, will add a third location in Moraga in mid-July.

Why Moraga? Chef Louis Kao lives there and wants to bring his Asian-fusion cuisine to Lamorinda. Expect noodles (duh), dumplings, and flavors from all over the Pacific Rim for both lunch and dinner.


MidiCi Pizza Coming to The Veranda By the End of the Year

MidiCi Pizza (which prefers to be billed as The Neapolitan Pizza Company) will open its first East Bay outpost at the rapidly growing Veranda shopping center in late November or December.

Unlike many pizza parlors, though, MidiCi plans to have a full bar and lots of teas and coffees to complement its pizzas and salads. The chewy, crisp pizza dough is baked for just 90 seconds in a wood-fired oven and contains only four ingredients: non-GMO Neapolitan flour, water, sea salt, and yeast. The gourmet toppings and cheese are also carefully selected, so expect a little bit more than what you get from a Domino’s Pizza delivery.  


The Press Is Flourishing

Pleasanton’s popular The Press has opened its Livermore location right next to the Bankhead Theater—which means it will be even easier to enjoy the drip coffee, organic steel-cut oatmeal, and jalapeño bacon cheese grits.

Other menu options abound, too, including Acme toastinis, paninis, and sammies, plus local wine and beer. (Remember, though, The Press is closed Sundays and is only open until 3 p.m.)


The Hipster Factor Is Off the Charts: Drake’s Meets Comal

Berkeley’s rightly popular Comal restaurant and local craft beer fave Drake’s Brewing Co. will join forces in a special marriage of small-batch brews and elevated Mexican food on Monday, June 25.

Tickets cost $75 for the 6:30 p.m. event, which will take place at Comal, located near the corner of Shattuck and University Avenues.


Piatti Danville

Piatti and Alamo Hardware? The Connection Is Cooking

Piatti chef Sebastian Miller will take over The Kitchen at Alamo Hardware from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, to guide home chefs through the step-by-step process of making spinach ricotta ravioli, vegetarian risotto, and a stone fruit salad. The class costs $65, and, as a bonus, participants can take some ravioli home to have for dinner.


You Can’t Go Wrong with Oysters and Bubbles

Saturday afternoon’s Pop, Rock, and Shuck It celebration at Yankee Pier in Lafayette is pretty much a guaranteed winner. For $25 each, guests at the 1 to 2:30 p.m. event will sample brut rosé, blanc de blancs, and blanc de noirs from the open-ended champagne bar—before retiring to tables on the patio, where a selection of oysters from Washington state and British Columbia will complement the bubbly.


Mockingbird Celebrates Its Birthday

To commemorate its one-year anniversary at its new location on 13th Street in Oakland, Mockingbird will offer complimentary sips and bites during happy hour between 4 and 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 21.

And if you happen to miss Thursday’s chance to blow out one candle, note that  the American restaurant offers its happy hour Monday through Friday at the same time, so you have plenty of other chances to take advantage of the delicious deals.


Waki Hamatsu

West Oakland Adds Soba Noodle Spot

Soba Ichi opened Tuesday on West Grand near Mandela Parkway, offering handmade soba noodle lunches Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Those who crave the buckwheat flour–based noodles now have another option, but last call is at 2:30 p.m.

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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. 

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