Diablo Dish: Bourbon Highway Is Coming to Main Street
Walnut Creek classic Vic Stewart’s is closing; ’50s-inspired C.D.P. opens next to Commis; Way Station Brew and Souvenir Coffee Co. get Berkeley caffeinated; help rebuild Wine Country with Sabio on Main; and more Dish.
Bourbon Highway to Replace Library on Main
The former Library on Main space on North Main Street will open as Bourbon Highway by the end of November, if all goes as planned. The new country-themed spot will serve traditional comfort food, and you can expect live music on the weekends and maybe even classic arcade games upstairs.
Noah Larson—a chef at Rooftop Restaurant and Bar—will be in the kitchen. And given the name, you can expect a solid selection of bourbons at the bar.
Vic Stewart’s in Walnut Creek to Shut Down Early Next Year
The wheels of progress are inexorable, and they will grind through the iconic Vic Stewart’s and its classic rail car early next year. (The popular steakhouse will be replaced by five retail outlets.)
The Brentwood Vic Stewart’s will remain open, according to the Walnut Creek Journal, and another remodeling of the old Walnut Creek railroad station will break ground soon after 2018 rolls around.
Busy Times Through the Tunnel
Celebrity chef James Syhabout’s long awaited bar and lounge—located next to his Michelin-starred Commis restaurant in Oakland—is open, and not surprisingly, it’s got style to spare. C.D.P. (which stands for “chef de partie”) has a definite ’50s feel and is the perfect place to enjoy a drink while waiting for your table to be ready at Commis.
Berkeleyside also reports that Way Station Brew on Dwight Way in Berkeley has opened, and aside from brewing its own coffee and offering breakfast sandwiches, the café also offers beer on tap; a backyard patio; and gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan meal options.
Finally, Souvenir Coffee Co. on Claremont Avenue is another hip spot for a fresh cup of joe featuring coffee roasted on-site. Far Leaves Tea is also available, as well as pastries, panini, and salads.
Homegrown Heads In a New Direction
Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches, with restaurants on Railroad Avenue in Danville and Mt. Diablo Boulevard in Lafayette, is evolving. The fast-casual concept and sandwiches will remain, but the menu will expand to include breakfast and lunch bowls—and even a coconut chia porridge.
The sandwiches, however, will get a new look with crispier, thinner bread, though much of the produce will still come from Homegrown’s two-acre farm in Discovery Bay.
The new menu won’t roll out until Tuesday, November 14, so don’t get in line just yet.
Feed Your Holiday Sweet Tooth at CREAM
We all know that CREAM stands for “Cookies Rule Everything Around Me,” but for this holiday season, the franchise is branching out into mini pies and hot chocolate.
The pies are part of a family tradition for founders Jimmy and Gus Shamieh— who started the chain in Berkeley in 2010—and will come in three traditional flavors: apple, blueberry, and cherry. Of course, they can be topped with CREAM’s ice cream or complemented with hot chocolate.
There are now 27 CREAMs—including East Bay locations in Alameda, Berkeley, Concord, Fremont, Livermore, Oakland, and Walnut Creek—so the mini pies will not be hard to find.
Oakland’s Calavera Zeroes in on Mezcal
Calavera in Uptown Oakland will host a special four-course dinner featuring Alma Mezcalera mezcals and mezcal connoisseur Erick Rodriguez on Thursday, November 9.
Chef Gustavo Rodriguez will pair mezcals with plates highlighting crab, beef tongue, and halibut. The dinner costs $50 (add $30 for the optional beverage pairing), and the fun begins at 6:30 p.m.
Rebuild Wine Country Receives Support from Sabio on Main
The Pleasanton restaurant’s Livermore Valley Love event—with contributions from Posada, Salt Craft, Altamont Beer Works, Steven Kent Winery, and Nottingham Cellars—is offering a unique opportunity to benefit victims of the devastating fires.
On Sunday, November 12, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., guests can taste and sip their way through six food and beverage stations at Sabio on Main, with all proceeds from the $150 ticket going to Rebuild Wine Country.