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Diablo Dish: Oktoberfest Hits High Gear

Concord goes German; a new hot spot in downtown Martinez; Jack’s is sprucing up in Pleasant Hill; food art in Walnut Creek; celebrity barbecue in Oakland; and more Dish.


Oktoberfest / Visit Concord

Oktoberfest in Todos Santos Plaza

In the spirit of multiculturalism—and in the spirit of enjoying a beer or three—Todos Santos Plaza will host Oktoberfest this Friday (6 to 9 p.m.) and Saturday (2 to 8 p.m.). Expect a beer tent (of course), live music, dancing, food trucks, a kid’s area, and even a strongman contest.

And just for the record, how do you say “Oktoberfest” in Spanish?







Roxx on Main / Pete Sabine

Martinez Roxx: Restaurant, Bar, and Music Venue Now Open

Roxx on Main, once a downtown Martinez mainstay, had faded from the scene until Contra Costa chefs Lesley Stiles and Tony Lauro reopened it recently. Just down the street from Slow Hand BBQ, Roxx on Main features craft cocktails, farm-to-table meals, and live music every weekend.

Roxx on Main also serves lunch, so if you’re stuck with jury duty, there’s now another option for those long breaks when judges and lawyers do whatever it is they do.



Courtesy of Jack's Restaurant and Bar

Jack’s Restaurant and Bar is Getting a Face-lift in Pleasant Hill

Popular downtown Pleasant Hill dining hub Jack’s Restaurant and Bar is closing down for 10 days from October 14 to 24 for a mini makeover. After nine years, the brothers and co-owners Chris, David, and John Marcovici felt the time was right for a “fresh and modern” remake.

“Plus, just because my brothers and I look old, doesn't mean the restaurant has to,” says Chris.

Diners can also expect a few new food options—including an expanded selection of breakfast burritos—to be added to Jack’s menu of classic American dishes and Greek-inspired favorites.




Walnut Creek’s Bedford Gallery Goes “Off Menu” with Food Art Exhibit

More than a few chefs claim to be artists, and there is a case to be made, but the Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts has upped the ante with their exhibit Off Menu: Contemporary Art about Food. The show will run through December 15 and is anchored by 12 fine art prints by Salvador Dalí.

Naturally, however, there will be a painting by one of Northern California’s best-known artists, Wayne Thiebaud, whose food paintings are a mainstay of galleries around the world. The Bedford Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.


Danville’s Pizza Antica is Now a Thing of the Past

Though the Lafayette Pizza Antica is doing just fine on Restaurant Row, the Danville Hotel Town Center branch has shut down. With high labor costs, rapidly rising rents, and cutthroat competition, times are tough for restaurants—even good ones.


Courtesy of 4505 Burgers and Barbecue

BBQ’s Best Pitmasters Pop Up in Oakland

The Hot Luck Road Trip: Oakland, featuring Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas and Rodney Scott of Scott’s BBQ in South Carolina, will gather together chefs and foodies from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, at 4505 Burgers and Barbecue in Oakland.

Aside from the pitmaster kings, the food fest will bring Reem Assil (a James Beard Award semifinalist), Ravi Kapur, and Chris Kronner to 35th and MacArthur for an evening of food, craft beer, and carefully selected wine. The cost is $65 for an event that has become an annual attraction in Austin and is now touring the country one pop-up at a time.


Change is Constant in Jack London Square

After 33 years, Kincaid’s Fish, Chop and Steakhouse closed in Oakland’s Jack London Square—a casualty of its parent company’s financial woes. But at the same time, two new food options have just opened up.

Eternal has taken over the former Chop Bar spot, serving a vegan menu that includes donuts, breakfast burritos, and waffles from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. And James and the Giant Cupcake is, not surprisingly, offering all kids of cupcakes.

One exception to the turnover is Plank, which combines bowling, bocce, beer, and food, and is celebrating its fifth anniversary.


BanhMi-Ni’s Vietnamese Lunches Land at Copper Spoon

Oakland’s Copper Spoon is known for its great bar and good food, but now it will also serve as host to chef Tu David Phu’s lunch pop-up, BanhMi-Ni.

The feature item will be Phu’s Vietnamese sandwiches, which can be devoured from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday near the corner of 40th and Broadway.


Another Long Restaurant Run Ends: Walnut Creek’s Miraku Closes

After 34 years, the North Broadway Japanese restaurant Miraku has shut its doors. This continues a sad litany of closures throughout the Bay Area, as restaurants battle a host of financial pressures ranging from rising wages to increasing rents to increased food costs.


Lineage / Hannah Eugster  

Livermore’s Lineage Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Lineage, an offshoot of The Steven Kent Winery, specializes in Bordeaux-style reds and has been so successful that it’s hosting an anniversary party at the Palm Event Center in the Vineyard in Pleasanton at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 10.

And this isn’t one of those wear-your-shorts-if-you-feel-like-it events, as the four-course meal (with wine pairings, of course) is formal, or semi-formal if you feel like slumming, and tickets go for $250.




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