Diablo Dish: The Athletic Club Oakland Coming Soon
Berkeley’s Samin Nosrat earns James Beard Award; Batch and Brine opening this summer in Lafayette; Wake up at Cafe Réveille in Berkeley; Hang out at the Livermore Craft Beer Festival and Pleasanton’s Wine Stroll; and more Dish.
The Athletic Club Oakland Brings a Sports Bar to Uptown
The remaking of the old Izzy’s steakhouse includes reclaimed bleacher wood, a bar top made of an old basketball court floor, and caged gym lights. The menu, naturally, will be right in the sports bar pocket, showcasing burgers, sandwiches, salads, plus deep fried pickles, nachos, and wings. In addition, vegan and gluten-free guests will find plenty of options, including the Impossible Burger and beloved, crispy cauliflower “wings.”
With 40 screens and 20 dedicated sound zones, The Athletic Club Oakland plans to open May 15. However given the importance of the Golden State Warriors to the local sports scene, if the team makes the Western Conference finals, then the owners promise to be ready for business Sunday, May 13.
Hours will be 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday.
Berkeley Chef’s Kitchen Guidance Earns James Beard Award
Samin Nosrat, a former chef at Chez Panisse, won a James Beard Foundation Award for Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking, her first cookbook.
Nosrat tries to bridge the gap between the professional and the home chef by examining the four aspects of cooking mentioned in the title. Of course, there are recipes as well, but applying Nosrat’s insights to all recipes is really the goal.
Roam to Open in Oakland May 11
The fifth outpost of the growing Roam Artisan Burgers empire will appear in Uptown Friday, giving those already pleased with the Lafayette and San Francisco locations another option.
As with the other four, the Telegraph Avenue restaurant (a couple blocks east of the Fox Theater) will feature sustainable, local ingredients in its burgers, sides, shakes, and sodas.
Batch and Brine Will Be Another Lafayette Option
If Pizza Antica is packed, and Barranco is bursting, Batch and Brine will soon be another option for Mt. Diablo Boulevard diners—offering a different kind of menu as well.
Batch and Brine, which will open in early June in the same mall as Pizza Antica and Barranco, will specialize in burgers, sandwiches, and shareable plates. Plus, the people running the show are well connected in the Contra Costa County food scene (think La Ultima, Broderick Roadhouse) so they know what locals like.
Oh, and since locals—and most everyone—likes craft cocktails, those will be available as well.
Cafe Réveille Arrives on Berkeley’s Fourth Street
Not only does “reveille” refer to the bugle that blows way too early in the morning in the military, it also literally means “wake up” in French. So wake up with some coffee and joie de vivre.
Cafe Réveille serves breakfast and lunch —a mix of California and Middle Eastern cuisine—and offers brunch on the weekends, according to Nosh. Réveille might be a little hard to find, as it’s somewhat hidden behind Anthropologie and Paper Source, but if you need a wakeup call without a bugle, it’s worth searching out.
Saturday’s a Big Day for Tri-Valley Fun
The one-two punch of the Livermore Valley Craft Beer Festival and Pleasanton’s Wine Stroll should make for a great Saturday along the 580 corridor.
Starting at 1 p.m., the Livermore Valley Craft Beer Festival at the Shrine Event Center—the event benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children—will allow participants to taste beer from more than 40 breweries, enjoy live music on indoor and outdoor stages, and, of course, eat beer-friendly food as well.
Tickets are $45 until Friday, and allow unlimited tasting—which leads to the designated driver tickets at only $25.
Once the beer festival ends at five, you and the designated driver can roll down to Pleasanton’s annual Wine Stroll, which also adds small bites and live music to the vino-centric event.
Tickets for this one are also $45, and include a commemorative wine glass, one-ounce pours and food samples.
Cheers to a celebratory Saturday in the Tri-Valley.
Mom Won’t Know If You Made Reservations Today
There’s still time to make it work for Mother’s Day—so here are a few more dining options that will save a lot of time trying to scrape the bacon off the bottom of the pan.
Yankee Pier: Brunch specials, with several cocktail options, will make for a happy day. And though the focus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be on Mother’s Day offerings, the regular menu will be available as well.
Lungomare: If you’re looking to enjoy a postprandial stroll along the Bay after a Mother’s Day brunch, then Lungomare in Jack London Square is a good choice. The 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. buffet is $60 with children under 12 priced at $25.
Walnut Creek Yacht Club: Sundays are usually a day of rest at the Bonanza Street favorite, but for Mother’s Day the Walnut Creek Yacht Club is offering a special three-course meal for $30 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oh, and the regular menu will be available as well.
Postino: Lafayette’s ivy-draped Postino will serve a Mother’s Day Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Donato and Co.: The Ashby Avenue restaurant shows its Italian roots with a Festa della Mamma all day, from 10 .m. to 9 p.m. There’s a three-course prix fixe for $48, a four-course offering for $57, and the regular à la carte menu will also be available.