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Diablo Dish: Puesto Prepares for Concord Opening

Public Market Emeryville welcomes blushies and barbecue to the mix; Chow Oakland closes after less than a year in business; get your whiskey on at Worth Ranch; sip French vino at Bar Cava in Martinez; and more Dish.


Puesto // Dylan + Jeni

Puesto Joins the Fun at The Veranda

They just keep rolling out new dining options at The Veranda in Concord, and Puesto (you win a small prize if you guessed it was Mexican food) is the latest addition.

This is the sixth location for the family-owned group, and it’s by no means a traditional taqueria (the guacamole goes for $11, and three tacos cost $16). But the fact that Puesto serves up tacos and other Mexican standards—plus margaritas—gives one more reason to visit the rapidly expanding shopping center. It all officially starts Sunday, November 11.


Two More Options Open in Public Market Emeryville

Both the Public Bar by Blush and NabiQ have opened in the continually growing Public Market Emeryville, with the Public Bar serving its slushy-drink specialties (plus the usual mainstays) and NabiQ bringing a Korean barbecue menu to the table.

But, wait. That’s not all! Next week, Pig in a Pickle will give BBQ fans a Southern slant to sample.


Chow Food Bar

Chow in Piedmont Has Closed

At least Chow in Danville lasted 10 years before closing in May—the Piedmont branch of the chain didn’t even last 10 months before shutting down.

All of this is a little surprising, given how busy the Lafayette outpost is, but the restaurant business is unforgiving, as the constant litany of closings will attest.


Fieldwork Brewing Company Opens Thursday in City Center Bishop Ranch

The Berkeley-based brewing company has set up shop in the highly anticipated City Center Bishop Ranch in San Ramon. Fieldwork's taproom (which makes a total of six outlets around Northern California) opened November 8, in the hopes of quenching the Tri-Valley's thirst with some fresh, local suds.

The new taproom is outfitted with at least 16 rotating beers on tap, a gorgeous bar featuring reclaimed wood from the roof of San Francisco's Pier 31, cool communal tables, comfy lounge seating, and a killer patio complete with fire pits.

And if you feel like taking a brew home, just grab a crowler out of the well-stocked beer fridge.


Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey Visits San Ramon’s Worth Ranch

Well, it’s not really Jack who’ll be dropping in at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 8, but those who opt to participate in the Worth Ranch Whiskey Dinner may well be singing the chorus of Eric Church fave “Jack Daniels” Friday morning. (For those who aren’t fans—you should be—the refrain goes, “Jack Daniels kicked my @$$ again last night.”)

There is more to the story, of course, than the Jack Slush, the Jack Rye, the Jacked-Up Manhattan, and the Jack Single Barrel, as each drink will be paired with a Southern-style appetizer, entrée, or dessert. The cost to get up close and personal with Jack? Just $65.


Bar Cava Wine Bar and Eatery

Bar Cava Brings French Wine to Martinez

Domaine Chanson is one of the most famous wine-growing areas in Burgundy, and Bar Cava Wine Bar and Eatery—just a few blocks from the Martinez Courthouse on Main Street—will feature a variety of Domaine Chanson wines with its own French-inspired meal on Friday, November 9.

The first seating is at 6:30 p.m., and the second is at 8:30 p.m., with both offering a prix fixe of $55.


Getting Bubbly at The Peasant and the Pear—and More

Love champagne? Then Danville’s The Peasant and the Pear should be your destination on Tuesday, November 13, when the five-course French Bubbly Dinner shows up on the calendar.

For $125, diners at the 6:30 p.m. event will indulge in five three-ounce pours of French champagne, plus a five-course meal starring sea scallops and filet mignon.

But if champagne doesn’t tickle your palate (see what we did there?), The Peasant and the Pear will offer Martini Mondays through the first of the year. What’s a Martini Monday, you ask? Martinis cost $1 (except on Monday holidays), and all proceeds benefit the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano County.

Finally, those who want to skip the hassle of cooking for Thanksgiving can pay $120 and get enough of the traditional goodies to serve six people, but orders must be made by November 15 for a November 21 pickup.

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Happy Hour Bar & Bites at
The Cooperage

Monday through Friday
3pm – 5:30pm


This isn’t your typical happy hour. This quintessential neighborhood spot offers high-quality craft cocktails on tap and tasty bites. Menu features: $10 cocktails on tap, $5 select beer & wine, $1 oysters, $7 bacon cheeseburger sliders, $7 crispy beer battered shrimp sliders, $9 sashimi-grade ahi tuna tartare. 

32 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette
​Reservations: www.thecooperagelafayette.com or 925.298.5915

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