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Diablo Dish: In-N-Out is Out

In-and-Out is out; Mother’s Day Specials; plus congrats to the East Bay winners in the Chronicle 100 list!


In-N-Out is out again

Those hoping to chow down on an Animal on North Main in Walnut Creek are going to be disappointed as plans to build an In-N-Out and Starbucks at the corner of North Main and Second Avenue have been withdrawn.

There was community pressure against the project, as neighbors feared increased traffic in the area, and that was apparently enough for the developers to decide to pull out. Good for congestion on Second Avenue, bad for lovers of the iconic fast-food burger.


Mother’s Day isn’t that far away (May 14)

Reve Bistro: From 4 to 8 p.m., mothers will receive a house-made sweet treat to take home, plus a chance to enjoy the spring menu in the Lafayette bistro, which features new dishes (lamb shanks and scallops) plus the return of a favorite (escargot en coquille (in the shell)).

Park Bistro & Bar: Taking advantage of its location inside the Park Hotel in Lafayette, the Park Bistro & Bar crew will set up a Grand Buffet in the Independence and George Washington ballrooms. The cost will be $79 for adults, but those who opt for the brunch in the main restaurant can save $10. Children under 12 are $39 regardless of location.

Izzy’s Steak and Chop House: In addition to the usual menu, Izzy’s in Oakland will be offering Mother Day’s specials that will include a complimentary dessert and a glass of wine with each entrée for all moms. And even better, the Mother’s Day deal also works on Saturday night (may 13).

The Peasant & The Pear, Danville: Prix fixe brunch 10-3, dinner 5-9.


Juhu Beach Club chef Opens Navi Kitchen

Preeti Mistry, the guiding light behind the popular and critically acclaimed Juhu Beach Club, has opened Navi Kitchen in Emeryville – though all that’s available right now is breakfast, soon Navi Kitchen will be open for lunch and dinner as well.

For the first couple weeks, Navi Kitchen will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesdays through Sundays, but as things settle into place, Mistry will expand her unique vision -- think Indian food with a distinctive Bay Area twist – into an all-day experience.


Paradita Eatery

Emeryville Public Market keeps on growing

The latest addition is Paradita Eatery, a fast-casual Peruvian restaurant from chef Carlos Altamirano, who Central County residents will know from Parada on Treat Boulevard. And just like Parada, Paradita will feature classic Peruvian drinks such as pisco sour and sangria, making it even easier to enjoy the outdoor patio.

Also note that Mr. Dewie’s Cashew Creamery is on site as well, and the dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, vegan “ice cream” is perfectly politically correct – and supposedly indistinguishable from the real thing. It’s certainly worth a try.


Thirteen of Chronicle Top 100 restaurants in East Bay

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Michael Bauer released his annual Top 100 restaurants, and as usual, nothing this side of the tunnel made this list – and only 12 from Oakland and Berkeley (the Bull Valley Roadhouse is in Port Costa). But the 13 listed below are all within easy reach, and scheduling one a month will have you almost caught up when his next list comes out in 2018.


Boot & Shoe Service

Bull Valley Roadhouse


Chez Panisse







The Ramen Shop

Tastee Steam Kitchen

Vik’s Chaat House


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The Cooperage

Monday through Friday
3pm – 5:30pm


This isn’t your typical happy hour. This quintessential neighborhood spot offers high-quality craft cocktails on tap and tasty bites. Menu features: $10 cocktails on tap, $5 select beer & wine, $1 oysters, $7 bacon cheeseburger sliders, $7 crispy beer battered shrimp sliders, $9 sashimi-grade ahi tuna tartare. 

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