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First Bite: Basque Boulangerie Café in Danville

Baked goods make the menus shine.


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Created in the mold of the original Basque Boulangerie in Sonoma Square, this all-day café is one of three casual eateries in the new Danville Hotel complex. Basque's Old World-heritage is reflected in the myriad of rustic, flour-dusted loaves and plump pastries (including the crisp and custardy Beehive cake) that are delivered daily from Sonoma and proudly displayed.

The café appears as a freestanding homestead-style cottage with vintage touches, including old family-farm signs and distressed country-style tables and chairs. Cherry-red banquette cushions and barn-red exterior patio walls boldly contrast the café’s milky white dining room.

Breakfast is most popular, but our lunch visit allowed us to try a trio of hot sandwiches made distinctive by fresh-baked breads, such as the soft focaccia used to make the grilled chicken and Gruyère sandwich. But our favorite dish was a simple beet salad on tender spinach with fresh baguette slices and shavings of nutty Idiazabal cheese.

Great coffee, plus a neat selection of wines and draft beers (kombucha, too!), makes Basque Boulangerie an ideal gathering place.


411 Hartz Ave., Suite A, Danville, (925) 208-1631, basqueboulangerie.com. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

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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
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