Diablo Dish: Heritage Eats Opens in Broadway Plaza
JINYA Ramen Bar is brand new in Pleasanton; San Ramon welcomes Sakiya Sushi; foodies delight in downtown Pleasanton’s Forkful event; Oakland’s Cocktail Week kicks off this weekend; and more Dish.
Heritage Eats Now Part of the Broadway Plaza Mix
Would you go for a combination of Jamaican jerk chicken, daikon radish, and pineapple habanero salsa? Or for a classic banh mi sandwich with lemongrass pork and cilantro? That’s the kind of delicious-sounding mashups you’ll find at Heritage Eats, the newest restaurant in Walnut Creek’s Broadway Plaza.
This is the third Heritage Eats to open since the first one debuted in Napa in 2015, and all locations focus on what the owners call “daily life” food from the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.
Sakiya Sushi Arrives in San Ramon
Proving that not every poke bar is a roaring success, Sakiya Sushi recently took over the space in San Ramon’s Magnolia Square that was previously occupied by Poke Roll, according to Beyond the Creek.
The menu is extensive, featuring salads, udon, and curry rice alongside numerous sushi options. Beer and wine are also available.
JINYA Brings Japanese Ramen to Pleasanton
JINYA Ramen Bar, an international chain based in Japan, will open its sixth California restaurant today, Wednesday, September 12, at the Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton.
Naturally, there are 13 different ramens on the menu—including vegan and vegetarian options—but with salads, small plates, rice bowls, curries, and a full bar, there’s more than just ramen to choose from.
7th West Adds Filipino Spice to West Oakland
Though the 7th West community space is just a few blocks north of Jack London Square, it’s in a different, grittier world—except when it comes to food, drinks, and fun.
The space, located at the corner of 7th and Union streets, is home to Filipino food and cocktails, an outdoor beer garden, and a separate room for art shows, live music, and dance nights.
Forkful Returns to Pleasanton After a Fun First Year
Downtown Pleasanton will turn into a food-and-drink promenade from 4 to 7 p.m. this Saturday, September 15, when the second annual Forkful takes place.
For $55 ($60 the day of), guests will be able to stop at 18 participating locations to taste forkfuls of food and sip complimentary adult beverages. Participants will even receive a glass of sparkling wine when they check in at the Museum on Main, so Forkful really is a foodies’ free-for-all. It’s no wonder the event was so successful the first time around.
Special Menus for Yom Kippur Available at Market Hall
Matzo ball soup, challah, chopped liver, and noodle kugel are merely a few of the dishes on offer at Market Hall Foods and Market Hall Bakery next Monday through Wednesday, as the Berkeley and Oakland food centers make it easy to prepare for the Jewish High Holy Days.
There are also several Middle Eastern items to choose from—plus dessert—though note that availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
If You Need an Excuse to Drink, Oakland’s Cocktail Week Starts Saturday
So how is Cocktail Week (with capital letters) any different than cocktail week, which is pretty much every week around the Diablo Dish household? Well, Cocktail Week means more than 40 bars in Oakland, Alameda, and Emeryville will be serving special $10 libations from September 15–23.
Aside from the drinks, there also will be a variety of events exploring Oakland’s craft spirits (among other things) and the role the bar industry has and will continue to play in the East Bay. We have to say, though, that we’re most excited about the September 21 ROC the Tiki event, which is a mai tai crawl through Trader Vic’s in Emeryville, Forbidden Island in Alameda, and The Kon-Tiki in Oakland. Cocktail Week, fittingly, is actually nine days long, which gives folks a chance to sample as many of those special offerings as possible.
Oaxaca’s El Destilado Comes to Oakland’s Calavera
El Destilado has developed a worldwide reputation for its Oaxacan cuisine, and for the third straight year, East Bay food fans will get a chance to see what that reputation is based on without having to buy a plane ticket.
Next Wednesday (September 19), Calavera in Uptown Oakland will host El Destilado’s chefs and serve a five-course menu straight from the heart of Mexico. There will be four 20-person seatings, every 45 minutes from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Tickets cost $60, and for an additional $25, guests can enjoy a drink pairing with each course.
Alameda County Backtracks On Pop-Up Ban
After declaring that pop-ups—temporary eateries housed in existing restaurants or bars—were illegal, Alameda County’s Health Care Services Agency decided to change its tune and figure out a new policy while allowing pop-ups to continue.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle and East Bay Times, Alameda County is struggling to come up with a policy to handle pop-ups, but all it really has to do is look over the hill to Contra Costa County—which offers simple, free seasonal permits that make it easy for these types of restaurants to thrive. Hopefully, someone will make a phone call soon, and this whole “controversy” will disappear and keep pop-ups as popular as the Oakland A’s line drives.