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Diablo Dish: Table 24 to Reopen as Wild Magnolia

Healthful comfort food comes to Martinez; Grand Fare Market shuts down; and Thanksgiving dinner options galore, from sit-down to buffet, and even places that will deliver most of the meal directly to your door.


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Wild Magnolia

Wild Magnolia Blooms in Theatre Square

After a six-year run, Table 24 in Orinda is no more. And within weeks, maybe even by Thanksgiving, owner Michael Karp will open Wild Magnolia in the same location.

Karp says Wild Magnolia will focus on small plates under the creative direction of Dianna Davis-Condon of the Orinda-based Dianna Condon Cuisine. Ulises Santiago—who has worked at highly rated restaurants like Red Tango in Denver and been named “Chef of the West” by Sunset—will be the executive chef and deliver seasonal, sustainable, and healthful options for lunch and dinner. Artisanal cocktails and craft beers will complement an extensive wine list, as Wild Magnolia will serve as a counterpoint to The Fourth Bore, a restaurant and taproom that is also owned by Karp and also in Theatre Square.

Other innovations will include a guest chef program, and a Jazz Brunch is in the works for later this year.

 

Cuff and Collar Transforms the Old Foster’s Freeze in Martinez

The old Foster's Freeze in Martinez may have originally been home to fast food, but it is now home to clean comfort food, thanks to East Bay native Arash Pakzad, who’s transforming the building on Pacheco Boulevard (most recently Boscoz Burgerz) into Cuff and Collar. The casual eatery will serve sustainable, organic breakfast (in a walk-up window) and dinner items (no lunch—yet).

Unlike the burger joints that preceded it, Cuff and Collar will offer draft beer to go along with yummy entrées, such as filet mignon and smoked Gruyère mac and cheese. For students at nearby Martinez Junior High School—and anyone else, for that matter—there will be “walking breakfast” pies (think: spinach and chorizo, and egg and apple combos) and bagged lunches.

It’s a different concept than Barrel Aged Cocktail Bar and Lounge—also in Martinez and owned by Pakzad—but it’s part of the ongoing movement to transform Martinez into more than just a cute county seat.

 

Grand Fare Market  // Photo by Cagla O. yelp.com

Grand Fare Market Calls it Quits—for Good

Oakland’s Grand Fare Market gained some loyal followers during its short tenure, but its troubled time downtown—it opened, closed, and then opened again—is sadly over. There just wasn’t enough business for its locally sourced, quality offerings to make it work.

 

Photography by Jennifer Martiné

Ease into the Holidays

Rumor has it that Thanksgiving is coming soon (way too soon for this household—isn’t it still October?), but East Bay restaurants are more than willing to take up the slack so you can relax and enjoy the holiday without having to worry about the turkey drying out again.

Here’s a look at what’s available at a few of our favorite spots:

Artisan Bistro: This beloved Lafayette restaurant will offer a three-course prix fixe menu featuring a main course of turkey, short ribs, or wild mushroom and butternut squash risotto—and optional wine pairings—along with sides. ($69, plus $20 for wine pairings.)

Five: It will be a family-style feast at Berkeley’s Five restaurant, with main course options including pineapple- and honey-glazed ham, a braised radicchio and vegetable ratatouille in puff pastry, and of course, turkey. (Prices vary.)

Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse: They don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Brazil, but Galeto in Oakland is going for it and offering a prix fixe menu from 12 to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Not only is there a reduced price for kids, but those who want to skip the meat can graze the gourmet salad bar and pay a lower price as well. ($49.95; $25 for children under 12; $29.95 for the gourmet salad bar.)

The Peasant and The Pear: Sourdough and sausage stuffing with sage? Sign me up—this Danville restaurant will cater all the Thanksgiving side dishes for a family gathering of 12. ($240)

Piatti: The Danville restaurant isn’t just for pasta, you know, and on Thanksgiving, there’s a full menu that includes turkey as well as salmon, steak, and honey-brined pork chop. All the usual side dishes will be available, too. (Prices vary.)

Sabio on Main: This Pleasanton eatery not only divides Thanksgiving service into two seatings (1:30 to 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.), but it also offers a lower-priced prix fixe menu for kids. Turkey, salmon, and prime rib are the main course options, with the obligatory kale sprinkled throughout the menu. ($59; $25 for children.)

The Terrace Room: For those who like to specialize—or gorge—Oakland’s Terrace Room will be offering a Thanksgiving buffet. Children under age 12 get a price break, and kids under age 5 eat for free. The usual holiday items will be available. ($59.95; $29.95 for children under 12; free for children under age 5.)

True Food Kitchen: Do you have everything you need for the holiday dinner except dessert? Well you don’t have to settle for the supermarket pies. True Food Kitchen is selling whole squash pies for pickup the two days before Thanksgiving. And yes, they are vegan with a gluten-free crust, so everyone can indulge. (Call for pricing.)

Photography by Jennifer Martiné

Urban Remedy: Urban Remedy will be offering an everything-but-the-turkey take-home menu with healthful goodies, such as wild-rice stuffing, cauliflower mash, roasted roots, and pumpkin pie—all organic and fresh. And the eggnog is a “no-eggnog” because there’s no dairy. You still have to get and cook the turkey, but with only that to worry about, the day will be a little more chill. ($175)

Walnut Creek Yacht Club: How ‘bout seafood instead of turkey? The Yacht Club will prepare crabs, prawns, oysters, and more for pickup on Wednesday—and pumpkin cheesecake will be available, too. (Prices vary.)

Wente Vineyards: Wente offers a take-home dinner for six people that includes a Diestel turkey and all the fixings, such as brown butter mashed potatoes, country bread stuffing, Caesar salad, and more. While you have to cook the meal yourself, there are detailed cooking instructions. Pickup is required in Livermore on Wednesday afternoon. ($249)

Yankee Pier: Here’s another option with seafood. But not only seafood. Thanksgiving at Yankee Pier in Lafayette offers turkey and steak (plus the trimmings) on the prix fixe menu. ($59, $29.50 for children ages 10 and under)


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