Diablo Dish: A New Brewery by James Syhabout Opens in Oakland
West Oakland gets another craft coffee shop; a beer and bacon festival in Jack London Square; and a roundup of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
To Oakland, that is. West Oakland is now home to two new exciting spots: Old Kan Beer and Co.—a beer garden and brewery from Michelin-starred chef James Syhabout and brewer Adam Lamoreaux—and Drip Line, a craft coffee shop and farm-to-table restaurant.
Old Kan Beer and Co. opened today in the space formerly occupied by The Dock and Linden Street Brewery. The brewery has a neighborhood-friendly concept, featuring a spacious dining room and an outdoor patio—and three house brews (Old Kan Original, Old Kan Dark, Old Kan Light) alongside an array of guest beers on tap. There is also beer-friendly food available, such as burgers, sandwiches, and sausages.
Drip Line, which opened last week is a community-gathering place that offers drip coffee and espresso as well as seasonal breakfast and lunch menus. Executive chef Nora Dunning has roots in both Singapore and Northern California, resulting in unique dishes with sweet, salty, sour, and spicy flavors.
Shochu at Itani Ramen
Itani Ramen, a fast-casual ramen restaurant in the heart of Uptown Oakland, is expanding its alcohol offerings to include shōchū, a distilled liquor that’s more popular than sake in Japan. (Though the sake selection at Itani Ramen is pretty wonderful …)
Manager Blake Cole is blending her new beverage program with the already-on-the-mark menu that highlights Japan’s ramen culture, and the combination is bound to make Itani Ramen even more of an Oakland destination.
Bacon and Beer? What’s Not to Like?
The annual Bacon and Beer Festival returns to Oakland this Saturday, so head to Jack London Square for an afternoon of sampling bacon-inspired dishes and local brews. More than 40 Bay Area restaurants and breweries will be on hand to offer a variety of tastings, so there’ll be plenty of delicious treats to enjoy.
Get a (Hollow) Leg Up on St. Patrick’s Day
It’s almost that time of year, where you break out your green clothes, eat corned beef and cabbage, and drink all things green. If you want to commemorate St. Patrick's Day in style, here are several East Bay spots that want to help you celebrate:
Walnut Creek Yacht Club: The longtime Walnut Creek restaurant is getting its Irish on for St. Patrick’s Day with a special $30 menu. Think corned beef and cabbage, Guinness, and oatmeal spice cake—and bargain drinks all day ($4 for Guinness and $5 for Irish coffee). And instead of Happy Hour, the Yacht Club will host a Craic (Gaelic for fun and conversation) Hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Bonus: Lucky types will get a free drink if they bring in a four-leaf clover.
Eve’s Waterfront Restaurant: The fun starts at 4 p.m. at Eve’s in Oakland, and a $25 ticket ($35 at the door) buys two boozy beverages and one of three traditional Irish meals (corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, or shepherd’s pie). There will also be live jazz music from the Frisco Cats during the party.
Izzy’s Steak and Chop House: Izzy’s in Oakland will offer a $30 prix-fixe special featuring—not surprisingly—corned beef, cabbage, and Guinness in addition to its regular menu.
St. Patrick’s Day Brew Crawl: Downtown Pleasanton merchants and breweries will honor St. Patrick’s Day by hosting a beer and food extravaganza on Saturday, March 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. Thirty restaurants and shops are participating in the festive event, so attendees will be able to sample a wide variety of craft beer and tasty bites. Tickets cost $45. Oh, and be sure to wear green, even if it isn’t officially St. Patrick’s Day—it’s the spirit that matters most.