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Diablo Dish: Aviation Rooftop Bar and Kitchen Comes in for a Landing

Proposition Chicken passes with its arrival in Oakland; Farm Creek Brewing Company is closing; Worth Ranch adds brunch with a Southern flair; Rêve Bistro adds new sweet treats to the menu; and more Dish.


Aviation Lands in Livermore

Though those in the know have enjoyed Aviation Rooftop Bar and Kitchen’s soft opening already, the real grand opening will start at lunch on Saturday, September 27.

Expect scrumptious burgers but also look for quality cocktails to go along with the beer and wine options. The idea though, is “down-to-earth” fun according to owner Rick Dobbs, who is especially excited about having Olympia beer from Washington.


Proposition Chicken

Proposition Chicken Arrives in Oakland

San Francisco’s popular Proposition Chicken will open its second restaurant today (September 13) in the Lakeshore district, and East Bay diners can expect the same fast-casual setup that focuses, not surprisingly, on chicken. (Note, though, that there is a tofu option.)

The idea is simple: You pick your style of chicken—rotisserie, fried, or fake (tofu)—and then put it on a sandwich or a salad, or eat it as an entrée. Wings are also available, along with sides such as brussels sprouts and potatoes. And paleo types can sip the special bone broth as well.


Farm Creek Brewing Company to Shut Down

Owners Heather and Randy Janinda announced via email and social media that Walnut Creek’s only brewery will be closing September 23.

The Pine Street brewery and taproom just finished renovating the space, but the Janindas decided to relocate to their home in the South and close down Farm Creek.

The Janinda family and Farm Creek will be missed.


Worth Ranch Adds Brunch with a Southern Touch

Ok, the Lumberjack stack of pancakes and the bottomless mimosas aren’t exactly from the land of Dixie, but chicken and waffles, burnt ends, and biscuits, sausage, and gravy definitely have that Southern feel.

The weekend Worth Ranch's brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. just south of Crow Canyon Road in San Ramon. And yes, the whiskey bar will be open for those looking to add a little backwoods flair to the start of the day.


Laura Magu

Lafayette’s Rêve Ups the Ante on Dessert

Rêve Bistro on Moraga Road—it’s tucked away in a strip mall but is definitely worth searching for—has brought pastry chef Dana Farkas (who’s worked at Spago, Oliveto, and The Peasant and the Pear) on board. Diners can now look forward to an even more classic French dining experience.

The riz au lait (rice pudding) with a brûlée top and a seasonal fruit compote already has mouths watering.


Calavera Teams Up with One of Oaxaca’s Best

El Destilado restaurant is renowned throughout the Oaxacan region, and on September 24 chefs from El Destilado and Uptown Oakland’s Calavera will work together on a special five-course meal for $60 with beverage pairings for an additional $30. The menu isn’t set yet, but hamachi, pork belly, and rabbit are very likely to make an appearance.

A reservation is required, but those who can’t book a spot for the limited seating dinner can still enjoy a mezcal tasting experience from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The rare mezcals from Oaxaca’s Cinco Sentidos will be a treat for those who love that smoky flavor—and for just $20.


Berkeley’s Gilman Brewing Gets Bigger

After an afternoon strolling along Berkeley’s Fourth Street retail extravaganza, what could be better than a cold beer? And now there’s even more room at the Gilman Brewing Company just down the road, as it’s expanded into the space next door.

And along with games and general fun, food trucks are almost always nearby on Gilman Street to make sure no one goes hungry.


Main Street Hub

Sauced to Help Houston Recover from Hurricane Harvey

All four Sauced BBQ and Spirits locations—including Walnut Creek and Livermore—will donate 20% of Thursday’s (September 14) sales to the J.J. Watt Foundation—which has already raised tens of millions of dollars for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

In addition, there will be silent and live auctions, and a 50/50 raffle. Guests will also enjoy live music (starting at 6 p.m.) and watch the hometown—at least for the night—Houston Texans against the Tennessee Titans on the numerous big screen TVs. 


Stephanie Koehler

Nico’s Changes Name But Not Community Feel

It’s now Nico’s 1508 instead of Nico’s Hideaway, and though executive chef and managing partner Munther Massarweh has changed the menu, the former Chester’s Bayview Café space still has that Gourmet Ghetto vibe.

Located on Walnut Street, Nico’s 1508 complements its varied menu—from quail to scallops to lamb shanks to a 32-ounce rib eye—with a full bar (rum lovers need to sample Nico’s Chalice).

And the regulars, some of whom might remember Chester’s from the ’70s, are still regulars.

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Monday through Friday
3pm – 5:30pm


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