Diablo Dish: Super Duper Burgers Is Taking Over the East Bay
Kick off the FIFA World Cup at The Athletic Club Oakland; Tipsy Tuesdays at Coffee Shop in Lafayette; Giants pies for charity at Walnut Creek’s Slice House; treat Dad to a meal out this Father’s Day; and more Dish.
Super Duper Burgers Will Open on Telegraph in Berkeley
Since starting in San Francisco in 2010, Super Duper Burgers has developed a devoted following—and on Monday, June 18, the burger joint will debut its 12th outpost. The latest location will be at the corner of Telegraph and Durant Avenues (where Smart Alec’s used to be) and will feature burgers, fries, and shakes along with a new breakfast sandwich and donuts.
The new Super Duper will be the second in the East Bay (the other one is at The Veranda in Concord) and will be open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.
The Dubs May Be Done, But the FIFA World Cup Is Just Kicking Off
And fans of the greatest sporting event in the world can see every game at The Athletic Club Oakland—even the ones that start at the crack of dawn our time. The unique layout guarantees that even with multiple games going on at the same time, the sound for each game will be crystal clear.
And fear not; the bar will open at 6 a.m. for those early matches, with food service starting at 7 a.m., and brunch should be available on the weekends soon. In other words, serious soccer fans will be able to enjoy the games to the fullest, no matter when they start or when they end.
Lafayette’s Coffee Shop Makes It Easy to Get Tipsy on Tuesdays
It’s hard to get excited about Tuesday, but the Lafayette Coffee Shop is doing its best to jazz up the day by making every Tuesday Tipsy Tuesday—which means from 2 to 6 p.m., flatbreads cost $3 less, and all beer and wine is $1 off.
And you thought coffee shops were all about caffeine …
Slice House Offers a Giants Pizza Combo
San Leandro’s George Mark Children’s House provides palliative care for kids with complicated and life-threatening medical conditions, and Tony Gemignani of Walnut Creek’s Slice House is helping out once again—along with San Francisco Giants players Joe Panik and Brandon Belt.
Each team member has an eponymous pizza—the Panik Parm Pie and Belt’s Monster Meat Pizza—and for every slice or pie sold, a portion of the proceeds will be set aside for George Mark Children’s House. The goal is to raise $12,000, at $1 per slice or $6 per pie, so it’s clearly our duty to go get some pizza.
Dads Like to Dine Out, Too
Everybody wants to take Mom out to eat on Mother’s Day, but those Father’s Day feasts just don’t seem to happen as often. But if you want to break the paradigm, here are some options just for Dad:
Danville Harvest: A $40 brunch buffet ($10 for children) will be on offer from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include a beef tenderloin carving station.
Bridges: Danville’s Bridges will serve a three-course special (the price varies from $40 to $62 depending on the choice of entrée) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as well as a children’s menu. There will also be live entertainment on the patio.
Donato and Co.: Now, here’s something a little different. For $75, Berkeley’s Donato and Co. will serve a four-course, family-style dinner for two—just add $30 for each additional diner. Diners will have multiple options to choose from for each course, except for the surprise dessert.http://www.bridgesdanville.com/
Benvenuti: The popular Walnut Creek spot on Broadway will celebrate Father’s Day with a special Benvenuti Manhattan, plus two special entrees: filet mignon and sea bass.
Eve’s Waterfront: Enjoy the peaceful view of the estuary between Alameda and Oakland while digging into the $50 brunch buffet (children under age 12 dine for $24). The usual suspects are on the menu, but also look for oxtail and catfish, which will satisfy those on a quest for something a little off the beaten track.
Lake Chalet: Since the Warriors won’t be playing a Game 7 on Sunday, Lake Chalet Seafood Bar and Grill on Lake Merritt will be able to focus on Father’s Day. The usual brunch menu will be available along with some Father’s Day specials.
The Terrace Room: The biggest Father Day’s specials at this Oakland spot are the bottomless pilsner beer and the bottomless Bloody Mary bar—both for $15. Those deals (and the famous prime rib) are available from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The Copper Spoon: Oakland’s Copper Spoon will celebrate Father’s Day all night and into the next morning, as the $64 prix fixe will be available until 2 a.m. We’re talking baked oysters and spare ribs, plus flights of whiskey for $18 and flights of beer for $12.
Combine Father’s Day Card–Making With Food Trucks and Beer Specials
Taste of the World, the Thursday night food-truck gathering in Orinda, will focus on Father’s Day this week. A crafts table will be available so kids (and others) can make their own card—in the shape of a tie, of course—for Dad.
There will be specialty beers on sale for $5 at The Guzzler, and the usual selection of international cuisine will also be available.
Batch and Brine Is Busy Already
Lafayette’s newest restaurant, Batch and Brine (located next to Pizza Antica), is buzzing already, and the renovated space is an inviting setting for the comfort food menu.
Look for burgers, sandwiches, and shareable plates—plus fries, shakes, and some surprising options (such as chicken and waffles, and pastrami hash) served in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.
But time your arrival carefully, or you may wind up waiting longer than you’d like.
Sip Some Spain at Walnut Creek’s Telefèric Tuesday
You could fly to España to get that Spanish feel for wine and food, or you could just head to Telefèric Barcelona next Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
That’s when Sipping Spain (a five-course, $75 meal) will be offered—and you don’t even need a passport. When you factor in the view from the second-story patio, there’s even less reason to go through security or spend 12 hours next to an unhappy toddler.
Farewell to Anthony Bourdain
The sad news about Anthony Bourdain’s suicide last week was hard to process, but he left behind a collection of work that illuminated a world of food most of us had never seen or even thought of.
His world travels, love of street food, understanding of haute cuisine, writing ability, and insight combined to create shows that were equal parts entertaining and enlightening. It’s hard to believe that no more episodes of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown will be filmed and that the chef’s unique voice will no longer be heard.
He taught me a great deal about food, diversity, and respect for other cultures, and I am far from the only one who will miss his presence. RIP, Anthony, and I hope the demons have been laid to rest.