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Diablo Dish: Celebrate Mom with Good Eats

Smallcakes in Danville will have its soft opening; Donato and Co. has a special steak and Umbrian wine special; Oakland’s Chop Bar celebrates Cinco de Mayo; sip and eat your way through downtown Walnut Creek with Taste and Toast; and more Dish.


Dana Plucinski

Make Mother’s Day Easy On Everyone

Breakfast in bed is vastly overrated—not only is it uncomfortable, but it’s also much more difficult than going to a restaurant where someone else does all the heavy lifting. And you have to admit the food’s probably going to taste better, too ...

So make your reservations for May 13, and celebrate Mother’s Day without having to worry about spilling syrup on the sheets.

Peasant and the Pear: Rodney Worth’s Danville restaurant is offering a $45, three-course brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and all of Worth’s restaurants will be open for either breakfast or brunch.

FIVE: Downtown Berkeley’s FIVE—right across from Berkeley Repertory Theatre—has everything from carving stations to a mimosa and bloody Mary bar, but it does come with an $80 price tag. Still, children ages seven to 12 get to eat for $25, and the really young ones ride for free.

Claremont Club and Spa

Claremont Club and Spa: Of course there’s the obligatory brunch with an extensive menu (which costs $149 for adults; $69 for children ages six to 12) at this Berkeley institution, but for something completely different, try the afternoon tea from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, or on Sunday, May 13. The traditional British tea fare will be served, along with sparkling wines and a wide variety of teas. It all costs $65 for adults and $35 for children ages six to 12.

Agave UptownThe Oakland restaurant will open at 1 p.m. on Mother’s Day, offering brunch specials as well as its á la carte menu. (Make sure to try something with mole on it.)

District Oakland: Bottomless mimosas and the brunch buffet cost $35 in Old Oakland, though those who want to pass on the mimosas can enjoy brunch for just $22. Children under age 10 can dine, coincidentally, for only $10.

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Copper Spoon: The Temescal restaurant will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch, and will offer its usual 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. regular dinner menu with Mother’s Day specials. Larger parties can order their favorite cocktails served in a punch bowl to make the day even merrier.

Plāyt: Hayward’s Plāyt—the latest venture from Michael LeBlanc of Picán—will have a $40 prix fixe ($20 for children) menu from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and mimosas will cost just $6.

Eve’s Waterfront: The $50 brunch buffet starts with a house specialty drink on arrival, and children under age 12 can enjoy it all (except for the cocktail), too, for $24. Situated just south of Jack London Square, the restaurant’s beautiful views add even more to the occasion.

Homestead: For moms who want to sleep in as long as possible, Homestead’s $65, three-course prix fixe Sunday supper from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. is an excellent Oakland option. (Note that the $65 cost includes gratuity.)

The Terrace Room: Oakland’s Terrace Room will offer a $65 brunch buffet ($35 for children ages six through 12) with an array of delicious options.


Smallcakes’ Soft Opening in Danville This Saturday

For diners, “soft opening” and “grand opening” are almost indistinguishable, because starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, visitors to Danville Square can start noshing on fresh-baked cupcakes and cupcake-infused ice cream—even though the Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery grand opening is a few weeks down the road.

The nationwide chain is also known for its Smallcakes Smash: two scoops of ice cream and one cupcake mushed together into a gooey mass of fun food.


Special Steak and Sagrantino Pairing at Donato and Co.

We all know what steak is, but Sagrantino is much more of a mystery. You can learn all about the Italian red wine between now and May 15, as Berkeley’s Donato and Co. is offering a $45 steak and Sangrantino special.

Thanks to the Montefalco Consortium, the small-production red wine from Umbria will be available by the glass or by the bottle, and adventurous wine drinkers will get a rare opportunity to savor the rich, high-tannin red at a bargain price.


Chop Bar

Oakland’s Chop Bar Takes Cinco de Mayo Seriously

So seriously, in fact, that instead of hosting a one-day celebration at their restaurant just a few blocks south of Jack London Square, owners Lev Delany and Chris Pastena will start celebrating on Wednesday, May 2, and keep on going through Sunday, May 6. 

The highlight of the festivities will be a cabrito asado—a whole roasted goat cooked Guadalajara style—which will be available only on Friday, though other special food items and cocktails will be served throughout the five-day fiesta.


Taste and Toast Supports Walnut Creek Schools

Taking place on Wednesday, May 9, the third annual Taste and Toast will give you the opportunity to take an evening stroll in downtown Walnut Creek while sampling food and drink from a variety of restaurants—and benefitting local education at the same time.

Event booklets cost $40 in advance and $50 the day of, and there will be everything from appetizers to desserts, plus beer and wine. The fun starts at 5 p.m. and goes until 8 p.m.


Pleasant Hill's Black Angus Will Reopen

Despite earlier reports that the Pleasant Hill Black Angus would not reopen—it has been closed due to fire damage since July of last year—the word now from the company is that dinner service will resume on Monday, May 20.

The plans for a hotel on the North Main Street site are apparently still moving forward, but while that is being worked out (or not worked out) the restaurant should be back in business.

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