Diablo Dish: La Sen Bistro Coming to Walnut Creek
Philz Coffee is expanding into Walnut Creek; Pressed Juicery opens in Danville; Roam Artisan Burger is heading to Uptown; and a new craft beer trail in Oakland.
La Sen on Its Way to Walnut Creek
After five years in Concord, La Sen Bistro will be expanding into Walnut Creek. Chef-owner Sai Nguyen said the new location of the popular French restaurant will open in late April or early May—but there might be some changes.
Nguyen, who plans to be the chef at the Walnut Creek La Sen, says the new restaurant will offer the same food as its Concord location at first. But Nguyen is considering adding some Vietnamese dishes to the menu down the line.
Diners who live closer to the Concord restaurant, which is located a block from Todos Santos Plaza, won’t have to deal with too much change, as sous chef Ming Chen will take over the kitchen there.
Philz Coffee is Coming
San Francisco–based coffee company Philz Coffee is opening its fourth East Bay location in Walnut Creek next to Genova Delicatessen. The popular chain is aiming for a summer opening, according to Beyond the Creek.
Philz first opened in San Francisco in 2002, serving more than 30 unique blends of coffee, and now has 37 locations throughout California, including two in Berkeley and one in Oakland.
We can’t wait to have Philz and its famous iced mint mojito coffee on this side of the tunnel!
Pressed Juicery Arrives in Danville
The 11th Northern California iteration of Pressed Juicery is now open in Danville. As those who’ve visited the Walnut Creek branch already know, the California-based chain features cold-pressed juices and juice cleanses—perfect for detoxing after spending a long winter inside trying to stay dry.
Check Out Pho 84 at Library on Main
Chef Michelle DuRye’s innovative plan to rotate pop-up restaurants at her Library on Main restaurant in Walnut Creek is moving on to the next phase, as Pho 84 takes over the former 310 Eatery spot on Friday.
Pho 84 is one of the original Vietnamese restaurants in Oakland, and the pop-up version will be housed downstairs next to the Library on Main bar.
And you don’t even need a library card for it …
Wonderland Danville Replaces Uncle Wang’s
As reported by Beyond the Creek, Uncle Wang’s in Danville has been replaced by another Chinese restaurant, Wonderland Danville, which is an offshoot of Wonderland Restaurant in San Francisco’s Lower Haight neighborhood.
Roam Goes Uptown
The popular Roam Artisan Burger, which has two eateries in San Francisco and one in Lafayette, is coming to Oakland later this year. Naturally, the newest offshoot will be located in the very hip Uptown District.
The burger joint uses sustainable meats and offers an eclectic menu that includes turkey, bison, and veggie options. It also serves shakes featuring Straus Family dairy products, house-made sodas, and fries with add-ons like fresh herbs and truffle parmesan.
More details to follow.
Take a Trek on the Oakland Ale Trail
It’s not exactly like climbing in the Himalayas—OK, it’s not even close—but there’s a path worth following in Oakland: the Oakland Ale Trail.
The city’s first craft beer trail is complemented by a new passport program to encourage beer aficionados to visit the nine tasting rooms that are currently there: Ale Industries, Diving Dog Brewhouse, Drake’s Dealership, Federation Brewing, Independent Brewing Company, Novel Brewing Company, Pacific Coast Brewing Company, Temescal Brewing, and Woods Beer Company. You can collect a stamp from each of the breweries along the trail to redeem a free Oakland Ale Trail growler.
And the trail may get even longer, as Ghost Town Brewing, Roses Taproom, Oakland United Beerworks, and Old Kan Beer and Co. all have new taprooms in the works.
So put on your walking shoes—or your drinking shoes, whichever works best.
A New Look at Henry’s in Berkeley
One of our favorite spots near the UC Berkeley campus has always been Henry’s Restaurant and Bar in Hotel Durant, and we’re happy to report that after an extensive remodel, the local hot spot will reopen by St. Patrick’s Day.
While the dining room décor will be more refined, it will still have the same casual, sports bar vibe and a modern menu featuring California cuisine.