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Diablo Dish: Batch and Brine Heads to Lafayette

BottleTaps starts pouring in Pleasanton in December; Walnut Creek’s Benvenuti deals out the drinks; Restaurants throughout the East Bay are dishing out Thanksgiving deliveries; and more Dish.


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Courtesy of Celina Gonzales

Another New Restaurant to Join the Lafayette Fun

Now that Barranco has opened where there was once a Baja Fresh, another domino will fall—or rise, as the case may be—in the same Mt. Diablo Boulevard shopping center when Batch and Brine opens in March.

The East Bay Times reports that a family-owned restaurant group with an extensive background in the business will add another burger, salad, and sandwich specialist to the Lamorinda roster. And the emphasis on organic and fresh ingredients will be so pronounced that the kitchen won’t even have a freezer.

Bonus: Unlike some of the artisanal burger/sandwich spots in the area, Batch and Brine will feature a full bar that will focus on small-batch, local products.

 

BottleTaps

Pleasanton Jumps on the Beer Bandwagon

Look for BottleTaps to open on Bernal Avenue in December, offering a rotating selection of 30 beers on tap and 140 bottled brews. And of course, there will be food as well.

 

Benvenuti’s Bargain at the Bar

And it’s a contest, too! Customers will choose their favorite drink from a group of cocktails on Thursday, November 16, from 5 to 8 p.m., and the winning cocktail will wind up on the menu permanently.

What’s the bargain? The seasonal cocktails cost just $5 each, which is as good a holiday deal as you’ll find in person or online. You do need to RSVP, though, by calling (925) 932–2828.

 

Quentin Bacon

Thanksgiving Options Range from Sit-down to Special Delivery

The Park Bistro & Bar: A special prix fixe Thanksgiving meal will be served from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day at Lafayette’s Park Bistro and Bar. The $69, four-course meal will feature both holiday classics and the Bistro’s high-end fare.

Lottie’s Creamery: Pumpkin spice has become a tradition for the holidays, and this beloved Walnut Creek ice-cream parlor is bringing back pumpkin caramel spice ice-cream cakes for Thanksgiving. Order by Sunday, November 19, to get the chiffon cake covered in vanilla caramel sauce, spiced pumpkin ice cream, and a mini-cone.

Yankee Pier: Lafayette’s Yankee Pier offers its Thanksgiving prix fixe to adults for $64 and to children under 10 for $32—and naturally, there are plenty of seafood options as well as the traditional choices.

The Peasant and the Pear: Cooking a turkey requires focus—especially if the wine starts flowing early. So, The Peasant and the Pear in Danville is willing to step up and cater the side dishes for a party of eight to 10 people. For $120, brussels sprouts, green-bean casserole, sourdough and sausage stuffing, mushroom merlot turkey gravy, cranberry orange relish, and pumpkin cheesecake will all be taken care of, allowing you more time to enjoy the afternoon.

Walnut Creek Yacht Club: The WCYC will be closed on Thanksgiving, but crab, prawns, oysters, other seafood, and pumpkin cheesecake will be available for pickup on Wednesday, November 22, between 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Orders have to be in by Monday, November 20, by 10 p.m.

The Terrace Room: There will be a cornucopia of choices at this Oakland restaurant on Thanksgiving Day, as more than 40 items will be available from the $69 buffet, including the usual suspects and more out-of-the-ordinary dishes such as curried kabocha squash bisque, Meyer lemon marmalade duck quarters, and bourbon chocolate pecan pie.

Lungomare: Lungomare’s Thanksgiving Day meal costs $60 for adults and $25 for kids under 12. Those who want to indulge in something other than turkey and pumpkin pie can go for grilled swordfish and apple crostada at the Oakland restaurant.

Claremont Club and Spa: Why stress? For $425, Berkeley’s Claremont Club and Spa will take of everything on the Thanksgiving menu for eight to 10 people, including the turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie—plus two bottles of wine! The meals can be picked up at the hotel on Wednesday, November 22, or Thursday, November 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Meritage: Meritage at the Claremont in Berkeley will go in a slightly different direction on Thanksgiving, offering brunch rather than dinner. The buffet spread (including desserts, in case you were wondering) will go for $129 for adults ($69 for children ages six through 12) and will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

The Sweaters May Be Shaky, But the Drinks Are Special

Dig deep into those dresser drawers, and drag out Aunt Edna’s Christmas gift—you know, that really ugly sweater with garish colors, crooked Christmas trees, and pointless embellishments—for Saturday’s (November 18) Spirit and Sweater Stroll in downtown Pleasanton.

And trust us, the sweaters will start to look a lot better after a few of the 20 stops for spirits and craft cocktails along Main Street. The fun lasts from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and online tickets are available for $45 until Friday at midnight. After that, you have to hope some tickets are still available (for $50) at Beer Baron on St. Mary Street.

 

Elizabeth Sassen

Homestead Beats the Thanksgiving Rush

For the fourth straight year, Oakland’s Homestead will host a Dungeness crab feast on Monday, November 21, and Tuesday, November 22, so those who want to relax a bit before cooking for Thanksgiving will have some options.

The $65 prix fixe (half price for children) will naturally focus on crab, and those who want even more of the delicacy can get an additional half-crab for an extra $15. The special runs from 5 to 10 p.m. on both days in the rustic dining room, in the Julia Morgan-designed building that dates from the 1920s.