Diablo Dish: Four Restaurants Open in the East Bay
Walnut Creek Yacht Club celebrates 20 years; Ayesha Curry is at it again; and a free art and wine festival in Walnut Creek.
There’s Always a New Place to Try
It feels like a new restaurant opens every week in the East Bay, and the trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. Here are a few of the latest restaurants to arrive in Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Dublin, and Berkeley. So many options, so little time …
Pizza My Heart: Slice No. 23 of the Pizza My Heart chain recently opened on Botelho Avenue in Walnut Creek. It’s the second outpost to hit the East Bay, as there is already a location in Emeryville. The family-owned, surf-themed restaurant is famous for its award-winning pies made with local and organic ingredients. We can’t wait to try a slice!
Ike’s Place: This popular sandwich spot opened its newest restaurant in San Ramon’s Crow Canyon Commons shopping center. The 35th location offers menu items that are similar to those at the Berkeley, Concord, Danville, Emeryville, and Walnut Creek locales.
Mirchi Café and Masala Pizza: The Middle Eastern eatery has been a Fremont favorite for years, and now a second location has opened on Village Parkway in Dublin. Diners can expect dishes with a Pakistani tilt—along with Indian and Asian influences—and a varied menu that features everything from wings to lasagna to palak paneer. They had us with masala pizza …
Pompette: Housed in the former Café Rouge spot, Pompette recently opened on Fourth Street in Berkeley, offering decidedly Cal-French cuisine—and a long zinc bar that’s fun to belly up to for classic cocktails. And since chef David Visick formerly worked at Chez Panisse, there is an emphasis on fresh and local fare.
Reem’s to Put Down Roots in Oakland
Reem Assil’s popular Arab street food was such a success that the San Francisco Rising Star Chef of 2017 is taking her flatbreads indoors, at Oakland’s Fruitvale Transit Station on 12th Street. Reem’s California will open Tuesday at 7 a.m., offering breakfast and lunch until 3 p.m. This summer, Assil hopes to start offering dinner service as well. (Note: Reem’s California will be closed on Sundays and Mondays and will open at 9 a.m. on Saturdays.)
The traditional flatbreads will be baked in a brick oven and then served with a variety of toppings, from goat cheese to Armenian beef sausage to fried pastrami. The restaurant will also feature an outdoor courtyard and a large exhibition kitchen so diners can watch the chefs at work.
We’re looking forward to checking it out!
Brunch in Berkeley
Lucia’s Pizzeria in Berkeley has been feeding happy customers since December, but the restaurant recently added brunch service from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. And don’t worry—if the Italian baked eggs or prosciutto Benny don’t work for you, there are pizzas available too.
Walnut Creek Yacht Club Celebrates 20 Years
A lot of restaurants come and go over the years, but this Saturday, the Walnut Creek Yacht Club will commemorate 20 years in business.
The downtown Walnut Creek restaurant won’t be having a big celebration on the actual date, but plans are in the works to combine the anniversary and the fifth-annual Oysterfest party on August 6 for what chef-owner Kevin Weinberg and co-owner Ellen McCarty are terming a “double bash.” Make sure to mark your calendar for June 1, when tickets go on sale.
Ayesha Curry Expands Her Empire
While Ayesha Curry’s husband labors in relative obscurity with something called Golden State, the Alamo resident and celebrity is moving ahead in her rapidly advancing career in food and cooking. According to SF Eater, Curry will be opening International Smoke in San Francisco, in partnership with acclaimed chef Michael Mina.
International Smoke—which melds barbecue and international flavors—first launched as a pop-up concept in 2016, and will appear in Honolulu later this year and then in Los Angeles next year. But Curry’s San Francisco restaurant will be the first brick-and-mortar version and will build on the reputation she’s gained through her own Food Network Show (Ayesha’s Home Kitchen), upcoming cookware line, and meal kit delivery service.
Mother’s Day is Coming
There’s still time to get a reservation …
Postino: The Lafayette mainstay will offer a two-course, $40 menu from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.—and both breakfast and lunch diners will be able to find something to enjoy. The children’s menu is available for $10.
Lazy Dog: Belying its name, the Lazy Dogs in Concord and Dublin will rouse at 8 a.m. on Mother’s Day, perfect for those who like to get started early. And speaking of getting started, there will be $5 mimosas and Bellinis all day to go along with the regular brunch menu—plus, moms will leave with a stem-less champagne flute (while supplies last).
Mark Your Calendars Now …
It may seem like June is a long way away (especially if you’re struggling through the last few weeks of the school year), but it’ll be here before you know it—and the 36th annual Walnut Creek Art and Wine Festival will be returning to Heather Farm Park on June 3 and June 4.
Get excited for the 250-plus arts and crafts booths, live music, a variety of food and drink, a Craft Brew Garden for beer fans, and an interactive Kids Zone. And new this year, there will be an outdoor sports bar with a jumbo TV screen, plus an Indie Craft Marketplace.
And you can’t beat the price: Free.