Diablo Dish: Grab a Guinness and Go Green this Saint Patrick’s Day
Swap your siesta for sangria at Telefèric; Oeste now offering brunch; Doña Tomas nods to Mexico City; Art and eats at the Asian Art Museum; Walnut Creek’s Coffee Shop brings out the mic; and more Dish.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday and Beyond
The Walnut Creek Yacht Club goes Irish on Saturday with a $35 prix fixe menu that features Irish soda bread, spinach, leek and potato soup, corned beef brisket and cabbage, and a Guinness and oatmeal spice cake for dessert.
And there will be a special craic (pronounced “crack,” more or less) from 3-6 p.m., with $5 Guinness and $6 Irish coffee to get you in the mood. Oh, and if you bring in a four-leaf clover, a leprechaun will bring you a free drink. (OK, maybe we exaggerated a little bit about the leprechaun part …)
If you want to get an earlier start, Oakland’s Lake Chalet will start serving corned beef sliders and green beer at 10 a.m., and if you get there before 3 p.m., you can order a corned beef eggs Benedict.
But if you’re just in the mood for dessert, CREAM is offering the Lucky Care Bear Ice Cream Sandwich, with double chocolate chip cookies, shamrock confetti, and mint chocolate chip ice cream. Or, you can opt for the Care Bear Berry Ice Cream Sandwich, which pairs butter sugar cookies with shamrock confetti and Very Berry Strawberry ice cream.
Even better, both ice cream sandwich specials will be available through March 31.
Finally, Pleasanton will go Irish on Saturday night with a Brew Crawl—and of course, those who sample the craft beers, ciders, and tasty bites are encouraged to dress as green as possible. The fun begins at 5 p.m. and continues for three hours, with tickets available for $45 in advance and $50 the day of the event.
Telefèric Barcelona Adds Happy Hour
In Spain they may spend their afternoons taking siestas, but Telefèric has adopted the American tradition of hosting happy hour. So from 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, visitors to downtown Walnut Creek can now sample Catalan and Spanish food (and drinks) at a bargain rate.
Basque corn tacos cost just $8, croquetas go for $6, and paella (one of our favorites) is $12. Of course there are also drinks available, from the house-made sangrias ($9) to $5 beer and $6 glasses of wine.
In short, who needs a siesta when you’ve got a happy hour to go to?
Mexico City Makes an Appearance in Oakland
Doña Tomas—inspired by Mexico City food carts and mom-and-pop spots—will offer diners a special Mexico City regional menu that features al pastor, tuna ceviche, and even churros. But don’t delay, because the menu will only be offered through this Friday (March 16) night.
Oakland’s Oeste Branches Out into Brunch
So, if you’re big into Mexican and your significant other just dies for classic Southern breakfasts—then the answer to both your cravings is Oeste, which just started serving a double-barreled brunch.
On the one hand, there’s a classic huevos rancheros (masa cakes, black beans, and everything else you’d expect), while on the other there are sweet potato pancakes and shrimp and grits.
Those dishes and more are available in Old Oakland (which basically means “downtown”) on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. And starting in April, brunch will expand to Saturdays as well.
Sunday at the Museum Debuts Friday at the Asian Art Museum
A popular destination for locals and tourists alike, the Asian Art Museum will up the ante for museum food, hopefully by the end of the month, with Sunday at the Museum, the new café in San Francisco’s Civic Center attraction.
Deuki Hong of the trendy Sunday Bird will be the executive chef, and Andrew Chau and Bin Chen of Boba Guys will open a high-end tearoom off the main dining area.
It’s all part of the $90 million expansion of the museum, and yet another reason to visit—though the Divine Bodies exhibition, which runs through May, is worth a trip all by itself.
Walnut Creek’s Coffee Shop Opens Up the Mic
Starting Friday, March 17, Coffee Shop on Locust Street will host an open mic session every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., and all poets, musicians, and comedians are welcome to take advantage of the opportunity.
The regular Coffee Shop menu—naturally heavy on coffee but also offers sandwiches, salads, and flatbreads—will be available. And yes, there’s bourbon, gin, and vodka to go along with beer and wine.