Diablo Dish: Sig’s Little Kitchen Dishes Out Filipino Food in Danville
Danville's Chow suddenly closes; Boot and Shoe Service is under new ownership; Belcampo Meat Co. debuts a new spot in Jack London Square; Mikuni Sushi is now open in The Veranda; and more Dish.
Danville Adds Filipino Food to the Menu
Sig’s Little Kitchen, a family-owned café, is now serving traditional Filipino food in the Crossroads Shopping Center. Chef-owner Radfrey Pangilinan learned to cook in his large Southern California family’s kitchen, so naturally, the taste is authentic.
In addition to offering Filipino-style meat in a rice bowl (with soft-boiled egg and pickled papaya and carrots), the eatery also serves salads and wraps. Be sure to check out the daily specials, too.
Danville's Chow Suddenly Closes
After 10 years, the sprawling Chow restaurant on Railroad Avenue has closed, according to the East Bay Times. No reason was given for the closing, which follows on the heels of the February opening of the Oakland location.
The Lafayette Chow and the original on Church Street in San Francisco, both remain open. Another San Francisco location (Park Chow) shut down in January.
New Owners Revive Boot and Shoe Service
Oakland’s hipster Boot and Shoe Service is back in business after original owner Charlie Hallowell was forced to sell the eatery due to sexual harassment allegations.
Husband-and-wife team Jen Cremer and Richard Clark have reopened the restaurant, which is located a block north of the Grand Lake Theatre, and kept the focus on pizza (or “pizze” as it says on the menu).
Belcampo Joins the Jack London Square Scene
The Belcampo Meat Co.’s expansion to Oakland has been in the works for a while, but the seventh location of the Marin County chain is now on track to open this summer.
Belcampo is a far cry from the more traditional steak houses, as co-founder Anya Fernald only offers sustainable, grass-fed meat. Though her new spot on Third Street may not have a butcher shop like some of the others, there will be meat available from the 25,000 acres of Mt. Shasta farmland, along with an extensive menu featuring steaks, burgers, and salads. The large space will also have a full bar.
Mikuni Sushi Now Open at The Veranda
The Sacramento-based chain (there are eight locations in the state’s capital) has opened its first East Bay restaurant in Concord’s The Veranda, adding another seafood option to go along with EMC Seafood and Raw Bar.
Note that even though the name says “sushi,” there are other Japanese favorites on the Mikuni menu, including donburi, ramen, and teriyaki.
Coffee Shop to Add Another Outpost
Coffee Shop has quickly expanded in the East Bay, opening locations in Alamo, Lafayette, and Walnut Creek—and up next is Danville, with sights set on a July opening. Of course, the unexpected could push things back until August, but hopefully by summer’s end, there will be yet another coffee option on Railroad Avenue (near the Peasant and the Pear, where Crafts Creamery used to be).
The new Coffee Shop will have some outside seating (though not as much as the Lafayette location) as well as counter service, grab-and-go food, and beer and wine.
Kick’n Mule Replaces Danville’s Sweetwater Tavern
Kick’n Mule Sports Bar and Restaurant has taken over the spot previously occupied by Southern Sweetwater Tavern on Hartz Avenue in Danville. The menu mainly offers burgers and sandwiches, and along with the usual draft beer choices, the bar specializes in Moscow Mules.
The Periodic Table Hosts an Umami Experience Saturday
In Japanese, umami means “pleasant savory taste,” and it’s one of five flavors that the human tongue can detect. Of course, umami is usually mixed in with the other flavors (sweet, sour, bitter, and salty), so it’s hard to know exactly what it means, but that’s where The Periodic Table in Public Market Emeryville steps in at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Owner Jake Freed, who was trained as an organic chemist, will show participants exactly what umami is, how it works through our senses, and briefly cover taste science.
The $55 price also includes some umami-heavy dishes and an accompanying glass of sake or wine. And yes, the name of the restaurant comes from that chart on the wall in every chemistry classroom in America, and perceptive visitors can note traces of the traditional periodic table on the wall behind the bar.
Patio Season Begins at Walnut Creek's Telefèric Barcelona
To celebrate the coming summer weather—which could arrive any day now—the Mt. Diablo Boulevard restaurant will host a Cava tasting dinner with winemakers Juve and Camps next Tuesday.
The long-celebrated Spanish vintners will pair their Cava wines with a five-course meal featuring oysters, shrimp, and hanger steak—and will provide expert explanations about the subtleties of Spanish food and drink. The wine dinner costs $65.
Lafayette's Park Bistro Celebrates Champagne Collet With Five-Course Meal
Champagne Collet has been producing distinctive champagnes since 1921, and several of its recent vintages will be featured in an intimate, $125 pairing of French bubbly along with a carefully selected menu of delectable fare from the Park Bistro and Bar on Tuesday, May 22.
The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m., but note that it will be a small gathering, so tickets could disappear quickly.