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Diablo Dish — June '09

Jack’s Brewing Company in San Ramon; another Eddie Papa's in Livermore; Burma Superstar crosses the bridge to Oakland; and more in Diablo Dish


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Urbanites may call San Ramon “San Remote,” but lots seems to be happening in that Tri-Valley city. Jack’s Brewing Company, the hugely popular Fremont brewery and pub, is planning to add a second location in Bighorn’s old spot next month.
Also expanding to San Ramon is Danville’s yummy breakfast eatery Café Meyers, replacing Nicole’s Diner in the Market Place. And Basant, serving “contemporary Indian subcontinent cuisine” such as tandoori sea bass and grilled cauliflower, was set to open this spring near Pasta Primavera Café.

A new Vietnamese restaurant, Pho Mi, was set for a May opening in Vin Pearl’s former spot in Ulferts Center in Dublin. Look for noodle soup dishes and specialties such as papaya beef salad and crabmeat fried rice.

Downtown Pleasanton’s new Yolatea—“yo” for yogurt, “la” for gelato, and “tea” for, well, tea—also serves dessert crepes. Nutella and coconut crepes, anyone?

Pleasanton’s Eddie Papa’s American Hangout has a new executive chef. Glenn Hewitt, former market training chef for P.F. Chang’s, will keep the regional American cuisine concept but with fresher, high-quality, local ingredients, and a more contemporary presentation, says owner Ed Westmoreland.

Also in Pleasanton, the Rose Pavilion shopping center signed leases with UK-based budget grocer Fresh & Easy and Asian supermarket chain 99 Ranch Market. Openings dates are not until 2010, but another Asian market, Seafood City, is set to open later this year in Concord’s vacated Circuit City building. A dozen or so smaller, mostly Filipino/Asian stores and restaurants will accompany the project. Already open in Concord is Incas Grill, serving traditional Peruvian cuisine such as ceviche and lomo saltado (a marinated steak and veggie stir-fry).

Moraga’s Ristorante Amoroma planned a May opening of its new Pizzeria Amoroma in Orinda, going into Orinda House’s old spot. Thin-crust pizzas, salads, and small-plate appetizers should be a big draw for moviegoers.

San Francisco’s Burma Superstar crossed the bridge to Oakland, opening in Horseshoe‘s former spot in Temescal. Fans rave about the tea leaf salad served over romaine lettuce, with sesame seeds, peanuts, and fried garlic.

Meanwhile, Lush Gelato opened on Piedmont Avenue, luring movie patrons across the street with fresh, made-from-scratch gelato. The organic, sustainable ingredients and biodegradable containers make it eco-friendly. “Even our wainscoting is made from recycled wood,” says owner Federico Murtagh.

The new Flame Gourmet Burgers in Berkeley’s Elmwood neighborhood serves chicken, turkey, veggie, tofu, and, of course, (grass-fed) beef burgers in this cute upstairs-downstairs sit-down eatery. Milk shakes and curly fries? Of course.

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