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Diablo Dish: Gott’s Roadside to Arrive in Walnut Creek Next Month

Coffee Shop and Residual Sugar Wine Bar to open more East Bay locations; Black Diamond Brewery and Double Barrel Wine Bar abruptly close; new restaurants arrive in Berkeley and Oakland; RÊVE Bistro hosts a wine dinner; and Halloween festivities and Día de los Muertos celebrations abound in the East Bay.


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Aubrie Pick

Gott’s Roadside Moves Into Former Fresh Choice Spot

It’s been nearly two years, but the former Fresh Choice space on Walnut Creek’s South Main Street will finally get a replacement next month: Gott’s Roadside.

As the name implies, the inspiration for the new tenant is an old-fashioned roadside diner—and the two Napa Valley Gott’s outposts are just that, though the San Francisco Ferry Building and Palo Alto locations both have a different feel. But all Gott’s share the same burger-heavy menu, along with shakes and cones featuring Three Twins’ ice cream as well as wine and beer.

The opening date should be nailed down soon, but get ready for a new chance to score a quality burger in late November.

 

Coffee Shop, photo by Kristopher Shinn

Concord's Veranda Adds Three Items to the Menu

The Veranda, the new shopping center next to I-680 in Concord, has added three new food and drink establishments to its roster—including the second location of Walnut Creek hot spot Residual Sugar Wine Bar and Merchant and the popular Coffee Shop, which already has locales in Alamo, Lafayette, and Walnut Creek. Puesto, a hip Mexican eatery based in Southern California, will also be opening in the Concord hub.

The first few retail stores will open this Friday, October 27, and Residual Sugar and Coffee Shop are expected to be up and running by the end of the year. Puesto, however, will take a bit longer, as the ETA is summer 2018.

 

Walnut Creek’s Pacific Bay Coffee Wins More Medals

Pacific Bay Coffee Company is making a habit of winning medals at the Golden Bean North America Coffee Roasters Competition: For the third year in a row, the Walnut Creek coffeehouse made numerous trips to the podium. There were more than 800 coffees submitted for judging in 10 different categories this year, and Pacific Bay won seven medals in six of those categories.

Located on Newell Street, Pacific Bay has roasted all of its own coffees since opening in 2004, and even features Japanese-style hand-pour and immersion-style filter coffee.

 

Black Diamond, Double Barrel Both Shut Down

This past week, Black Diamond Brewery in Concord and Double Barrel Wine Bar in Livermore both suddenly closed their doors for good. Black Diamond on Bates Avenue had been in business for 23 years, while Double Barrel had been open on First Street since 2011.

No word yet on the reasons behind the abrupt closures, but we’ll keep you posted. 

 

Courtesy of Paulista Brazilian Kitchen and Taproom

There’s Always Something New in the East Bay

From Brazilian fare to breakfast sandwiches to multicultural cuisine, there’s plenty of new stuff to try in Berkeley and Oakland.

The South American option is Paulista Brazilian Kitchen and Taproom in Oakland’s Glenview neighborhood. The café opens at 7 a.m. to serve Brazilian small plates, smoothies, and açaí bowls, then offers full dinner service at 5 p.m. In between, brews on are offer in the taproom starting at noon.

For breakfast sandwiches, head to Spats in downtown Berkeley, which is now hosting Cracked—a pop-up restaurant offering such goodies as turkey sausage on pandesal rolls and French toast bites from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends. Look for daily service to begin sometime next month.

And then there’s the Copper Spoon. The new international eatery on Oakland’s Broadway offers upscale cocktails and an eclectic menu.

 

Black-Owned Restaurants Take Center Stage

It’s Black Restaurant Week (well, actually it’s almost two weeks), and five Oakland restaurants are participating in an event that showcases quality food at affordable prices—and provides some help for the Oakland Food Pantry. The special deals are already in place and will run through November 5, so there’s time to take full advantage of a wide variety of culinary treats.

Diners can start with soul food at Home of Chicken and Waffles near Jack London Square. The $20 lunch or dinner menu will highlight, not surprisingly, chicken and waffles in different combinations. And there’s a chocolate chip waffle for dessert.

Miss Ollie’s shifts the emphasis to the Caribbean, with its $45, four-course menu (with a rum punch cocktail to start) featuring an island-style goat curry and locally grown tree collards. Also, in Oakland, Kingston 11 follows suit with its Jamaica/California mix. The $30, two-course meal has several options, including salt-fish fritters and oxtail stew.

For Senegalese specialties with a French twist, head to Oakland’s Bissap Baobab, where you can indulge in three courses for $45. The African theme continues at Enssaro on Grand Avenue, which is offering a $45 Ethiopian meal for two that includes beer, wine, or a cocktail.

A portion of the proceeds from each meal will go to the Oakland Food Pantry.

 

Gilman Brewing’s New Beer Benefits NorCal Fire Victims

Of course you knew that bines are the helical climbing stems that hops grow on (OK, we had to look it up first), so The Bines That Tie, the new brew that Berkeley’s Gilman Brewing is rolling out to benefit NorCal fire victims, is more than just catchy.

The craft beer community as a whole has responded to the crisis, and 100 percent of The Bines That Tie sales will go to the relief effort.

 

Paul Kirchner Studios

Pacific Standard Finds Time to Celebrate Its Anniversary

Pacific Standard Tap Room, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company's first outpost in Berkeley, will be celebrating its second year on Friday, October 27, at 6 p.m.

The special Anniversary Ale will be Set Hazers To Stun Hazy IPA (a pilsner malt base with a variety of hops), which will be available for purchase in growlers and on tap. Additionally, Pacific Standard will be giving away commemorative beer can glassware and sunglasses. 

 

Club Waterfront Debuts at Eve’s in Oakland

Starting this weekend, Eve’s Waterfront Restaurant (located just south of Jack London Square) will be lending its expansive space on Friday and Saturday nights to a new offshoot called Club Waterfront.

To help kick it off, there will be a special Club Waterfront Halloween party on Tuesday, October 31, from 8 p.m. to midnight—and costumes are mandatory, but there will be prizes. The $15 presale ticket includes admission and one free Halloween Punch.

The rest of the time, Eve’s will continue as a seafood and modern American restaurant Wednesday through Saturday, offering great views of the Oakland Estuary.

 

Trick or Treat, or Trick or Brew?

From 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, adults can do some trick or treating of their own, as more than 30 downtown Pleasanton locations will be pouring craft brews, ciders, and mead—as well as some tasty bites in between.

Tickets for the Halloween Brew Crawl cost $45 in advance and $50 on Saturday. And costumes are encouraged, of course. 

 

Eric Rorer

Get Happier on Halloween at The Periodic Table

It will be Happy Hour all day inside Public Market Emeryville on All Hallows’ Eve, as The Periodic Table will serve $6–$8 draft beer from local suppliers—including Gilman Brewing Company, Faction Brewing, and Fieldwork Brewing Co.—from 11:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.

In addition, a three-glass sampler of Gegege no Kitaro sakes will be on sale for $25, and customers will get to keep the special glasses featuring (appropriately enough for Halloween) the manga adventures of a demon boy named Kitaro.

 

 

Shelly Hamalian

Calavera Celebrates Cantinflas During Día de los Muertos

Starting tomorrow, Oakland’s Calavera restaurant will once again transform its interior during its Día do los Muertos celebration, featuring elaborate marigold decorations and festive altars with flowers and candles.

This year’s altars will pay homage to iconic Mexican comic film actor Cantinflas, who was a major star throughout Latin America in the ‘40s and ‘50s and who made occasional forays into Hollywood. His films will be shown during the festivities, which will run from October 26 to November 1.

There will also be rotating à la carte items and special cocktails highlighting a variety of Mexican distilled spirits, all combining traditions of Día de los Muertos with a modern twist.

And if you’re looking for some Halloween fun, Calavera will be hosting a costume party with a DJ beginning at 3 p.m., and guests can take advantage of both face painting and complimentary mezcal tastings. 

 

Dan Dion

Agave Uptown Partners with Oakland Ballet for Día de los Muertos

Oakland Ballet will perform its festive Luna Mexicana at the Paramount Theatre on November 3, and to celebrate the Día do los Muertos–inspired show, Oaxacan restaurant Agave Uptown will be offering a special $200 package that includes a pre-performance dinner, a premier balcony seat, and a post-performance meet-the-artists celebration.

Luna Mexicana—which can also be seen at Pleasanton’s Amador Theater on Friday, October 27—is noted for its energetic dancing, colorful costumes, and vibrant music. Enjoying an authentic Oaxacan meal and a mezcal-based cocktail (or two) at Agave Uptown before the show will only make the evening more fun.  

 

Lafayette’s RÊVE Bistro Hosts Its First Wine Dinner

Wine expert and filmmaker Martine Saunier will join RÊVE Bistro chef Paul Magu on November 2 for RÊVE’s first special wine dinner. The 6 p.m. event will cost $140 and feature a champagne reception, three courses, and dessert—plus, of course, Saunier’s impeccable wine selections.