Diablo Dish: March
Catch up on this month's food news!
Sideboard / Photo by Krista B. yelp.com
New Danville dining digs are on the way. Curtis and Esin deCarion, longtime proprietors of Esin Restaurant, are planning a mid-March launch for their Revel Kitchen & Bar, a “neighborhood tavern.” Located downtown in the former Crown Pub site at 331 Hartz Avenue, Revel will be a stripped down, casual affair: There will be no tablecloths, and the dining room will be oriented around the 16-seat bar. The menu focuses on small plates with some larger dishes for sharing, including fried chicken with Esin’s house-made biscuits and gravy on Mondays, and paella on Tuesdays. There will be an artisanal cocktail program and eight rotating handles of local craft beer.
Another Danville restaurant switching things up is Sideboard. The breakfast and lunch standby left its home on Hartz Avenue to make room for the Danville Hotel construction project, and is moving down the street to 90 Railroad Avenue. While the menu will remain basically the same, the new spot will afford more seating and kitchen space, with owners Erin and Ford Andrews eyeing a March debut.
The Cooperage should already be under way. Owner Andrew McCormick was set to open his doors mid-February, in the former Lafayette location of Petar’s. Expect updated takes on classic American fare, such as baked Rockefeller oysters, deviled eggs, and potato skins for appetizers, plus sandwiches and rotisserie meats.
Off the Grid is expanding its reach in the East Bay. A few months after opening in Concord, the mobile food operator has debuted a weekly “pod” in Pleasanton and Berkeley. Look for a rotating collection of 10 food trucks every Sunday, in Pleasanton Plaza from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at the North Berkeley BART parking lot from 5 to 9 p.m. Buy a pork belly bao bun from The Chairman truck if you see ’em …
Word is that Off the Grid is also eyeing Walnut Creek and is working with the city to set up business downtown. That is in addition to The Bend—a daily truck market organized by former Le Virage partner Ed Marinelli for the intersection of North Main and California streets, which could be in operation by the end of the month.
The Asian street food eatery Spice Kit, with locations in San Francisco and Palo Alto, is opening a new place in San Ramon’s Crow Canyon Commons shopping center. Chef–founder Will Pacio and executive chef Fred Tang have high-end experience at The French Laundry and Ritz-Carlton Dining Room. But Spice Kit’s fast-casual concept will offer items like Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches and Korean wraps (using naturally raised meats and organic tofu). Look for a late-March or early-April opening. Noodles & Company, a national chain focusing on all things noodle (from penne to pad Thai), is headed for the same shopping center.
You can now get your roti fix at Taste of Sing Ma, a new Singaporean–Malaysian restaurant that replaced Saigon Vietnamese in downtown Pleasanton. Cap that off with a French macaron at the just-opened Sugarie Bake Shop across town.
Lastly, Arash Pakzad, owner of Barrel Aged restaurant and bar in downtown Martinez, is opening a new café nearby at 736 Main Street. Barrelista will serve cult San Francisco roaster Four Barrel Coffee and sport a menu centered around a half dozen variations of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.