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Diablo Dish: Mendocino Farms Serves Up Sandwiches in San Ramon

Pleasanton welcomes the second Plucked Chicken and Beer; Cupcakin’ Bake Shop opened in Swan’s Market; USA Today honors Original Pattern Brewing Company; get your green on at these foodie locales; and more Dish.


Courtesy of Mendocino Farms

Mendocino Farms Opens Thursday in San Ramon

The 25th Mendocino Farms—and the first one in the East Bay—will open at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 14 in San Ramon’s City Center Bishop Ranch. Unsurprisingly, the menu leans heavily on sandwiches, but there are also plenty of salads and fully vegan options (including an Impossible burger).


Plucked Has Premiered in Pleasanton

Plucked Chicken and Beer—a poultry-focused offshoot of the Sauced BBQ and Spirits restaurants—has opened its second outlet in Pleasanton, next to the Bagel Street Café in Pleasanton Gateway Shopping Center on Bernal Avenue.

The fact that location No. 2 followed so quickly after location No. 1 (which opened in June of last year) is a strong indicator that the chicken-centric menu (sandwiches, wings, and even chicken tacos) has found a receptive audience.




Andrew Galucci

Cupcakin’ Bake Shop Joins the Lineup at Oakland’s Swan’s Market

After four years in Berkeley, Cupcakin’ Bake Shop expanded to Swan’s Market in downtown Oakland, joining 10 other food and drink purveyors.

Cupcakin’ features 15 different, rotating cupcakes, including a vegan option. So while not all flavors are available every day, it just means you’ll have to keep coming back until you’ve “taste tested” everything for quality assurance.



USA Today Honors Oakland’s Original Pattern Brewing Company

USA Today has selected 20 breweries from around the country for its 2019 Best New Brewery contest ballot, and Original Pattern Brewing (a few blocks from Jack London Square) is one of those special 20.

The employee-owned brewery and tasting room took home a silver medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival for its Belgian ales, but clearly has a much wider range that’s gaining it some national recognition.

The winner will be decided by a nationwide popular vote, which ends March 25, before being officially announced on April 5. So get online and vote for the East Bay’s own!


Shawn Scanlon

Pleasanton’s SideTrack Adds Weekend Brunch

So many restaurants—so little time. Foodies (like us) always find it hard to get everywhere we want to go, but SideTrack Bar and Grill in Pleasanton has made it easier to check out their basic American menu with the addition of brunch on the weekends from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The restaurant now has those hungering for quality burgers, sandwiches, and salads covered seven days a week—not to mention a full bar.  


After Flirting with Pizza, Marica Loses the Pie

Last year, Pizza Marica in Rockridge was just Marica, specializing in seafood and its $32 prix-fixe meal. But then the family-owned restaurant decided to shift gears and join the pizza craze—which didn’t go quite as planned.

Nosh reports that Marica has returned to its roots, and the old menu is now back in place. Does that mean that those old pizza menus are just a pizza history? (Sorry …)


Benchmark’s Benefit to Help Oakland Community Group

Downtown Oakland’s Benchmark hosts Sunday’s (March 17) benefit dinner for Oakland Communities United for Equity and Justice—a trio of nonprofits that seek to improve food quality and promote justice for people of color in Oakland.

There will be two seatings for the three-course prix-fixe meal, at 5:30 and 8 p.m., with the meal priced on a sliding scale, ranging from $60 to $100. (There are also cocktail hours at 5 and 10 p.m.)

Phat Beets Produce, North Oakland Restorative Justice, and Self-Help Hunger Program are the three nonprofits that make up the Oakland Communities United for Equity and Justice. The event is part of the East Bay Eats fundraiser series.


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Celebrate the Green Movement this Sunday

No, this is not a political statement about the Green New Deal, but a much less controversial green issue: How to get the most out of St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday. Some suggestions:

BenvenutiCan corned beef and cabbage have an Italian twist? You can find out at Benvenuti on Sunday, when the four-course, $35 prix fixe St. Patrick’s Day option joins the regular menu. Also included are beer soup, insalata mista, and brownies with gelato. 

Downtown Pleasanton Brew Crawl: If you want to get a jump on Sunday, Pleasanton is hosting a brew crawl from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 16, inviting guests to sample beer and cider—along with tasty bites—from 25 different Pleasanton restaurants and bars. Tickets are $45, and wearing green is highly encouraged.

Lake Chalet Seafood Bar and Grill: We’ve never felt much desire to drink green beer, but Oakland’s Lake Chalet will be offering glasses at $8 each along with its St. Patrick’s Day offerings. Other, more visually appealing items include a $21 menu special featuring corned beef and cabbage and iced Irish coffee.

Plank: The combination of games (bowling and bocce to name just two) and fun food will honor the Irish with corned beef tacos, Boyne Valley rolls, and corned beef pizza. In addition, Irish, Moscow, and Kentucky mules will be on special for $10 and all Jameson cocktails are $2 off.

Walnut Creek Yacht Club: Actually, the Yacht Club will be toasting the Irish on Saturday, March 16, because the restaurant is closed on Sundays. Even so, if you bring a four-leaf clover, you get a free drink (try not to make the Scotch Tape too obvious). The three-course prix-fixe meal is $35, and there will be a craic (an Irish term for good time, respectably) hour from 3 to 6 p.m. with deals on Guinness, Irish coffee, and Black Velvet.

And we have to include this Irish toast WCYC sent along as well: "We drink to your coffin … may it be built from the wood of a hundred-year-old oak tree that I shall plant tomorrow." 


Want Free Ice Cream?

Humphry Slocombe will be giving away free scoops of Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee, Matchadoodle, Blueberry Boy Bait, and more at both Berkeley Bowl locations (one on Heinz Avenue and the other on Oregon Street) this Friday from noon to 2 p.m.

Plus, scoop lovers can try the Get Lucky Sundae featuring two scoops of Fort Animal IPA ice cream topped with bourbon caramel, marshmallow fluff, and Lucky Charms all month long at the Uptown Oakland location.

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