Diablo Dish: The Slanted Door Heads to San Ramon This Winter
Panera Bread closed in downtown Walnut Creek; four-legged fun at Wine and Wags in Livermore; Berkeley’s FIVE to be replaced by Zino Mediterranean Cuisines; get ready for Alice Waters’ MasterClass; and more Dish.
The Slanted Door Coming to San Ramon’s City Center
If there was any doubt about how big an impact the City Center Bishop Ranch development would have on the community, it’s gone now—given the recent announcement that chef Charles Phan will open the second location of his nationally renowned The Slanted Door at the San Ramon complex.
The Slanted Door, currently located in San Francisco’s Ferry Building Marketplace, is a destination restaurant that features Vietnamese-inspired cuisine—but don’t get your taste buds too excited quite yet, because the new East Bay locale won’t open until November.
And The Slanted Door is far from the only restaurant coming to the City Center this year. Also expected around the same time are C Casa—a gourmet, eco-friendly taqueria with locations in Napa and Public Market Emeryville; MIXT, which will offer locally sourced salads, grain bowls, and market plates; and Mendocino Farms, a Southern California chain that focuses on sandwiches and salads.
Panera Closes in Downtown Walnut Creek
After just over seven years, the Panera Bread restaurant on Locust Street in Plaza Escuela has closed. The last day of service, according to Beyond the Creek, was Tuesday.
There is still one Panera left in Walnut Creek (at the Crossroads Shopping Center at Treat Boulevard and Bancroft Road), and of course, there are Paneras pretty much everywhere. Those seeking out the steel cut oatmeal or the chicken panini will just have to find their way to Crossroads, or to the Panera locations in Alamo, Concord, Dublin, or San Ramon.
Wine and Wags: A Winning Combo in Livermore
Livermore’s inaugural Wine and Wags event on Sunday, June 3, brings dog lovers and wine lovers together during a day filled with wine tasting and doggy fun from noon to 4:30 p.m.
More than 25 local wineries are participating in this fundraising event, and those who buy the $30 tickets ($35 the day of the event) will not only get at least two free tastes at participating wineries, but also an opportunity to enjoy a doggy obstacle course, decorate dog bandanas, and even watch an obedience demonstration.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to enter a Cruising for Canines raffle to win a wine-themed cruise for two provided by AMA Waterways and Vino Cruising. (Raffle tickets cost $100 each.)
And good news: Diablo readers have a chance to win two free tickets to Wine and Wags. Enter our contest here to enjoy a day of pooches and vino for free.
Berkeley’s FIVE to Be Replaced
After spending nearly 10 years right next to the downtown Berkeley BART station, FIVE and its American-focused menu will close June 18 and be replaced by Zino Mediterranean Cuisines. Plans call for a quick turnaround (which will include a remodel), with Zino opening in late summer.
New chef Brandon Hicks, who has an extensive background in New York’s Mediterranean food scene, will draw inspiration from 22 countries—including France, Spain, Egypt, and Greece—making for an eclectic menu.
There will also be a full bar offering the obligatory craft cocktails (whatever “craft” may mean) served by mixologists, who are certainly not to be confused with bartenders. And since kale comes from Greece, expect that 2018 staple on the menu as well.
From Her Kitchen to Your Kitchen: Alice Waters Teaches a MasterClass
MasterClass, an online education company highlighting heavy hitters in a wide array of fields (basketball with Stephen Curry, filmmaking with Martin Scorsese, photography with Annie Liebowitz), adds renowned chef and Chez Panisse owner Alice Waters to its faculty. Starting this Friday, May 25, those seeking to sharpen their culinary skills can take her first-ever online class on “The Art of Home Cooking.”
Waters works from her home kitchen in the 17-chapter, nearly four-hour course, which costs $90 to access. For $180, subscribers can access the rest of the MasterClass offerings—which include cooking classes from Thomas Keller, Wolfgang Puck, and Gordon Ramsay, plus classes in a variety of other industries.
Bon Voyage to HS Lordships
When we visited HS Lordships a few weeks ago, there was a large banquet going on—but otherwise, the Berkeley Marina restaurant was all but empty. And it was Saturday night.
Apparently, that kind of night had become all too common in the longtime brunch and banquet spot next to the Bay, as HS Lordships will close for good on July 2. So those who want to savor the views and stuff themselves on the brunch buffet should make their reservations soon, because after 50 years, HS Lordships will shortly sail off into the sunset.
Homemade Goes the Pop-up Route
Berkeley’s Homemade Cafe will have a Mediterranean vibe on Friday, May 25, when the Sacramento Street restaurant shifts into pop-up gear. The $85, four-course prix fixe meal (a wine pairing is available for an additional $24) will feature mezze, mussels, and lamb and beef meatballs, among other tasty items.
Usually, the delicious dishes at Homemade are only served for breakfast and lunch, as the hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends—so the 6 p.m. pop-up this Friday gets the full attention of the staff.
Monday Is National Hamburger Day
For a lot of us—including Ms. Diablo Dish—every day could be Hamburger Day, but in the interest of selling a few more burgers, some purveyors got together and slid National Hamburger Day onto the official list of special days. (And yes, we know Monday is also National Brisket Day, and brisket is fine, but we know where our priorities lie.)
To celebrate this holiday (well, it should be one), you can always check out Gott’s Roadside in Walnut Creek—and if you’re feeling adventurous, you can go for the Kimchi Burger with fried egg, kimchi, American cheese, bacon, and spicy gochujang mayo on a toasted egg bun. Or not. After all, burgers can be found all across the restaurant spectrum, from Burger King (everywhere), to Burger Lounge (Walnut Creek), to Salt Craft (Pleasanton).
And if you have to take the day off to make sure you’ve covered all the bases, we’re sure your boss will understand.