Dish: Organic Fast Food Hits Pleasanton
Cream cups spotted in Concord; new eats in Dublin; pour a cup of tea in Livermore.
Courtesy of The Organic Coup
The Organic Coup Comes to Pleasanton
Pleasanton is home to many things: sports fields, gorgeous parks, a quaint downtown area—and now, the first USDA-certified organic fast-food restaurant in the country.
The Organic Coup opened on Tuesday and is serving strictly organic food. For example, the Coup Signature Sandwich is an organic chicken breast fried in organic coconut oil with spicy shredded (organic) veggies all toasted on an (organic) artisan bun. Put your own spin on it by choosing your special (organic) sauce.
Founder Erica Welton is a former food buyer for Costco with a passion for social change and a desire to improve—and takeover, hence the name, coup—fast food.
Located on Hopyard Road, this is the first location for The Organic Coup, but more (up to 25) are planned for the next year, all in the Bay Area. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday.
Breaking News: Chevalier in Lafayette is Closing
We just got word that after 7 years in business, Chevalier on Moraga Road is closing. We will miss its wonderful French food and the debonair owner and chef, Philippe Chevalier. The restaurant will close on December 13. Head over to enjoy the last bites of France. For the last five weeks, the chef will feature some of his most popular dishes, including coq au vin and rack of lamb.
Cream Heads to Concord
With an eagle eye when it comes to dessert, our assistant editor spotted Cream cups in a window in Concord’s Todos Santos Plaza.
I called the Walnut Creek store to confirm that indeed the ice cream sandwich chain will be opening a Concord location.
Don’t cheers your ice cream cookies just yet: You’ll have to wait to place your delicious order until after the first of the year. Expect a slightly more sophisticated interior design and no outdoor seating. But, you can burn off a few of those calories walking your treat down to the very conveniently located park across the street.
Persimmon Place Openings
We’ve watched as Persimmon Place has risen in Dublin and become a destination for shoppers, anchored by Whole Foods, Nordstrom Rack, and Home Goods.
While we love Home Goods, we mostly love food, so were pleased to see Patxi’s Pizza opened on November 9. We reported last week that Yalla Mediterranean was moving into Persimmon Place, and opened on November 10. Keep an eye out for Pacific Catch in early December. If this restaurant sounds familiar, there are seven other locations.
Still hungry? Firehouse Subs is slated for February.
Tea in Livermore
Walk into the new Luna Tea Company in downtown Livermore, and you’ll be greeted with organic, handcrafted tea blends as visitors are taken through the entire “tea experience” in their lounge.
We’re warning you, you may never want to leave.
All teas are organic. Most come from Sacramento but were sourced from tea plants around the world, including India, China, and Japan.
Not a tea drinker? We think you’ll change your mind, but seasonal drinks, coffees, and pastries are also available.
Started your holiday shopping? Tea accessories galore are adorable and available.
New Eats Coming to Oakland
Keep an eye out for two new foodie spaces headed to Oakland.
The Punchdown, a natural wine bar and bottle shop, is reopening with a newly signed lease at 1737 Broadway. Want to bring your wine home? Looks like a wine club is in development. We’re keeping an eye out for an opening date....
If noodles are more your thing, Itani Ramen will be opening at 1736 Telegraph Avenue, serving gourmet ramen.
Crab, Crab, and No Crab
The holiday season is looming and the crab is... not.
We spoke with Kevin Weinberg, chef and owner at Walnut Creek Yacht Club, and a true waiting game it is.
The commercial season was supposed to open November 15, but because of issues with algae, it has been delayed.
If nothing says Christmas to you like crab, never fear: The Oregon season opens December 1, and the Alaska and Washington seasons are already open. But expect to pay. Weinberg estimates the cost could soar to $15 to $20 per pound.
Stay tuned for more on this holiday favorite.