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Diablo Dish: Assil and Patterson Opening Dyafa in Oakland

310 Eatery is open in Albany; Pleasanton is on board with Sidetrack Bar and Grill; Prix fixe menu on Wednesdays at Benvenuti Ristorante; Author Georgeanne Brennan at Rêve Bistro; and more Dish.



​Reem Assil Expands into Jack London Square

Reem Assil hit headlines earlier this month when Food & Wine named her Fruitvale eatery, Reem’s California, one of the best restaurants of the year—and this Saturday she’s opening Dyafa with chef Daniel Patterson.

Located just off Jack London Square, Dyafa will be a different dining experience from Reem’s California, but will still highlight Assil’s devotion to Arabic and Middle Eastern food and culture. Tickets cost $50 for the grand opening, which will feature small bites and cocktails from the full bar.

In the short term, Dyafa will only be open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, but expect extended hours in the coming weeks.


310 Eatery Resurfaces in Albany

After a stint in Walnut Creek, 310 Eatery is in the midst of a soft opening San Pablo Avenue (in the former home of Grazzy Burgers).

As the owners work through the restaurant’s opening, the spot will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 5 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, noon to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. The menu offers the same favorites previously available in Walnut Creek, such as Bacon Jam fries, the 405 Traffic Jam burger, and the Little Tokyo Po' Boy Soft Shell Crab sandwich, though the beer and wine license won't kick in until later this summer.

At that point, there will be an official grand opening—and note that there is talk of a return to Walnut Creek in 2019.


Full Steam Ahead for Pleasanton's SideTrack

Of course you knew the transcontinental railroad ran through Pleasanton. Don't we all? But this summer, the SideTrack Bar and Grill will celebrate that history when it opens on West Angela Street, which not coincidentally parallels that old Union Pacific line.

The menu will feature small plates, hand-crafted burgers and sandwiches, and will be complemented by a full bar.

SideTrack will be open for lunch and dinner, plus brunch on weekends. The opening will come full circle for co-owner Todd Utikal, who got his start in the business as a server and bartender on a passenger train.

Look for a July/August opening (in the spot where Joy China used to be), a casual atmosphere with an open dining room, and two semi-enclosed patios.


Bourbon Highway Adds New Happy Hour Pricing

Happy hours are thick on the ground at local establishments, but Walnut Creek’s Bourbon Highway has managed to come up with something new: variable pricing.

If you’re there between 4 and 5 p.m., select beers cost just $1, well drinks check in at $2, wine and craft beers are $4, and specialty cocktails go for $5. On the food side of the equation, olives and French fries are $1; garlic fries, bacon-wrapped dates, and fried pickles are $2; pulled pork sandwiches and wings are $4; and burgers, tacos, and Caesar salads are $5.

At 5 p.m., all the prices get bumped by a dollar, but those bargains continue until 6 p.m. seven days a week.


Benvenuti Ristorante

Walnut Creek’s Benvenuti Makes Wednesday Special

There’s nothing like a plate of pasta to comfort the afflicted in the middle of a long week, and Benvenuti Ristorante just made it easier to appreciate Wednesdays—and their proximity to the weekend.

For $24, the North Broadway restaurant now offers a prix fixe dinner with several pasta options with either a soup or salad. The regular menu is available, too, so it certainly seems like a win-win.

And a win-win on a Wednesday, no less …


Georgeanne Brennan at Lafayette’s Rêve Bistro

A pioneer in the farm-to-table food movement, Georgeanne Brennan also loves French cooking, Provence, and writing books—and will speak about her varied experiences on Sunday, April 29, from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Rêve Bistro in Lafayette.

And naturally, the French-inspired restaurant will complement Brennan’s appearance with wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a three-course Provençal lunch. Attendees will also receive an autographed copy of Brennan’s latest book, Windows on Provence: Musings on the Food, Wine, and Culture of the South of France. The evening costs $125, and part of the proceeds will benefit the Lafayette Partners in Education.


Learn About Wente’s Organic Garden, Then Enjoy Its Produce

There’s more than meets the eye at the Arroyo Road outpost of Wente Vineyards: Not only does the Livermore institution have a winery, restaurant, golf course, and concert venue, but also a half-acre organic garden that produces many of the vegetables and fruits featured in the restaurant’s dishes.

Diane Dovholuk is in charge of the garden, and she is offering a tour on Friday, April 27, at 10:30 a.m., during which she will explain the techniques and processes she uses to keep her organic garden healthy and high quality. Afterwards, visitors will enjoy a three-course lunch—naturally paired with Wente wine—at  $65 for the day.


Claremont Club and Spa

Berkeley’s Limewood Hosts Farmer Dinner

Limewood Bar and Restaurant at the Claremont Club and Spa will host its first Farmer Dinner next Wednesday, May 2, by showcasing its connection with Marin Sun Farms and its variety of products.

The focus, though, will be on the grass-fed beef, and chef Joey Hattendorf will feature both familiar and adventurous cuts. Demi Basiliades from Marin Sun Farm will also be on hand to speak with diners.

The 6 p.m. prix fixe dinner and conversation costs $150—which includes Marin Sun’s pasture-raised chicken, locally sourced vegetables, a wine pairing, and desserts from Limewood’s new pastry chef, AJ Thalakkat.

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