Diablo Dish: SideTrack Bar and Grill is Open
East Bay restaurants on the 2019 Bib Gourmand list; Philz opens a store in Lafayette; plenty of burger options await at Pleasanton’s Burgerim; new Golden State Lounge offerings at Copper Spoon in Oakland; and more Dish.
SideTrack Bar and Grill: A Casual Choice in Pleasanton
Lunch, dinner, late-night bites, and cocktails are designed to make the SideTrack Bar and Grill a destination for families, couples, and game-watchers on West Angela Street (just off Main Street).
So yes, the idea is to “sidetrack” some folks from the more upscale venues in downtown Pleasanton by offering burgers, sandwiches, and salads—and pouring drinks until 1 a.m. on weekends (which may sidetrack an early arrival at home). The name also refers to the historic Transcontinental Railroad, which ran right next to the restaurant’s location, and as an homage, the 26-foot bar features a rail reclaimed from the old Niles Canyon Railroad.
East Bay Restaurants Make the 2019 Bib Gourmand List
The 2019 Bib Gourmand awards just came out, which spotlight relatively inexpensive yet high quality restaurants.
This year's list once again features Danville's Thai House, the only restaurant east of the Caldecott Tunnel, and plenty from the East Bay as a whole. (The entire list is heavy on San Francisco and Napa, and the compilation with the coveted Michelin stars comes out November 29.)
New this year are four restaurants from Oakland: Dyafa, Nyum Bai, Soba Ichi, and Teni East Kitchen; which, perceptive readers have already noted, draw from culinary traditions outside the "traditional" standards. But no matter what the cuisine, if you're making a list of places you'd like to eat at, starting with this one isn't a bad idea.
Check out which hot spots made this year’s cut:
China Village, Albany
Great China, Berkeley
Nyum Bai, Oakland
Soba Ichi, Oakland
Teni East Kitchen, Oakland
Thai House, Danville
Wood Tavern, Oakland
More Caffeine in Lafayette? Why Not?
It already seems like you can’t walk more than a block on Mt. Diablo Boulevard without tripping over someone sipping a complicated concoction that started out as a simple cup of Joe, but now there’s yet another way to maintain your coffee fix.
The latest option in Lafayette is now open, as Philz has planted its sixth East Bay flag right next to Yankee Pier.
Another Burger Option Opens in Pleasanton
But Burgerim does burgers a little differently than everyone else. Featuring three-ounce patties—offered as a solo, duo, trio, or 16-pack—these burgers come with quite a few options, including three buns, five sauces, 10 patties, and 11 toppings. The possible number of combinations goes way beyond my primitive math skills.
But here’s just one: a salmon patty on a wheat bun with garlic aioli and a sunnyside-up egg. You can explore the rest—as well as halal options—at the eatery on Pleasanton’s Rose Street.
Telefèric’s Terrific Tuesday: Kids Eat Free
Yes, “free” is correct—at least for those ages 12 and under.
The new kids-only menu at Telefèric Barcelona includes bravitos (chicken-thigh bites), croquetas, empanadas, and mac and cheese, plus ice cream for dessert. And if you can’t make it to Walnut Creek on Tuesdays, that same menu is available for $9 the other days of the week.
Oakland’s Copper Spoon Introduces the Golden State Lounge
No, the Golden State Lounge doesn’t have anything to do with the Warriors, and the Temescal restaurant isn’t adding a lounge to the floor plan.
Rather, to celebrate its first year in business, the Copper Spoon is introducing a new bar bites menu and a 4 to 6 p.m. happy hour Monday through Friday.
In addition, there will be live performances and events such as Dealer’s Choice every Thursday, during which bartenders will have carte blanche, creating cocktails from one or more base ingredients. (And we discovered one of our favorite new drinks, the Ballet Russe, by doing just that.)
A Happy Bird Is a Tasty Bird—Just Ask The Bird
Not many fried chicken stops have happy hours, but Berkeley’s The Bird is flying free of convention. From 4 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, the Telegraph Avenue restaurant now offers wings at $1 off, and, maybe even better, beer that’s $1 off (meaning some cans are only $1).
In addition, The Bird plays an album from nearby Amoeba Music and shows the most relevant sporting event on its brand-new projector screen.
Oakland Thanksgiving Roundup
If cooking a Thanksgiving dinner seems too overwhelming, drive through the tunnel to dine at one of these Oakland restaurants:
Lake Chalet: Check out the $65, three-course prix fixe meal, available from noon to 8 p.m., or go for the $79 Thanksgiving buffet.
The Copper Spoon: The $70, four-course prix fixe has a Native American twist and will be offered from 4 to 9 p.m.
Eve’s Waterfront: From noon to 6 p.m., Eve’s Waterfront will have a $65 buffet ($23 for children 12 and under). Note that the last seating is at 4 p.m.
The Terrace Room: This buffet takes place from noon to 5 p.m., and costs $69 for adults and $35 for children ages 6 to 10. (Kids under age 5 eat for free.)
Sabio on Main: Thanksgiving and Giving
Sabio on Main is another Thanksgiving option, with a four-course prix fixe menu on offer for $65, plus a $30 wine pairing. Children under age 10 eat for $29 during the 1 to 7:30 p.m. special offering.
In addition, Sabio on Main will continue to donate 100% of its lunch revenue to the North Valley Community Foundation Camp Fire Evacuation Relief Fund through this Friday. The new lunch service runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.