Diablo Dish: Sustainable Sushi Swimming to San Ramon
Bamboo Sushi getting close; Fuddruckers goes down in Walnut Creek; boba tea arrives in Orinda; and more Dish.
Bamboo Sushi Coming to San Ramon’s City Center Bishop Ranch
Sometime this fall, Bamboo Sushi will open in San Ramon’s burgeoning City Center—and they take sustainability seriously. In fact, they are part of the Sustainable Restaurant Group. Bamboo Sushi is the world’s first certified sustainable sushi spot, and this helps ensure that the food is fresh and carefully sourced, so diners can eat and drink (there will be a full bar) in full confidence that the environment is being taken care of.
There are only two other Bamboo Sushi locations, in Portland and Denver, and the Sustainable Restaurant Group also operates QuickFish—which also follows the strict company guidelines for sourcing food.
Fuddruckers Joins the Walnut Creek Casualty List
Though the Concord and Dublin locations remain open, the 22-year-old Broadway site in Walnut Creek has shut down to make way for new development. Fuddruckers doesn’t exactly qualify as a gourmet burger, but its offerings are definitely a step up from the Wendy’s of the world, and the fries were always worth ordering. Now, it’s going to be just that much harder for Central County folks to get to a buffalo burger.
International Chain Sharetea Opening in Orinda
There are more than 450 Sharetea outlets in 18 different countries, and now Orinda will add that international flavor to where Sleepy Cat Books used to be (across from Theatre Square).
Boba tea is an inescapable West Coast craze, and Sharetea will offer pearl black milk tea, kiwi fruit tea with aiyu jelly, and taro pearl milk tea. Of course, there are Sharetea locations in San Ramon and Concord, so boba tea aficionados have undoubtedly already checked out the menu.
Tailgating at the Coliseum in Oakland
Sure, you’ve had a couple of hot dogs and beer or two before a game, but on Sunday, August 25, the tailgating experience will be elevated to another level. For $75, not only will fans get to enjoy watching the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s as they battle for a wild card berth, but instead of generic wine and beer, Livermore’s Steven Kent Winery and Dublin’s Caps and Taps will take care of the beverages.
In addition, there will be tri-tip and chicken sandwiches, but note that there are a limited number of tickets—and only four to a customer.
Get a Taste of Bierhaus With Seven-Day Service in Oakland
The long-vacated Lark Creek space on Locust Street in Walnut Creek will soon house the second Bierhaus location, but those who want to get a preview can now do so any day of the week. The addition of Monday to the menu means visitors can sample a wide variety of German, Belgian, and even Icelandic beers regardless of the calendar and also enjoy German meats and a traditional burger.
Just around the corner from the Copper Spoon on 40th Street in Oakland, Bierhaus is located in the middle of the Temescal action—and will soon liven up Locust Street as well.
Walnut Creek’s La Sen Bistro Steps Back From Lunch
Those looking for lunch with a French/Vietnamese twist will have to look harder starting Monday, as La Sen Bistro will only be serving dinner from now on.
La Sen Bistro moved from Concord in 2017 and will continue to be open for dinner Tuesdays through Sundays.
Côte West Winery Hosts Oakland Crafts
Côte West will host Made in Oakland in Embarcadero Cove on Saturday, August 24 from 2 to 6 p.m., and this free event brings together a disparate group of Oakland artisans. Look out for EXAU olive oil, Ne Ndoro Gift Shop and Boutique, Azimuth Ceramics, Sticks and Stones, Latisha Baker Artworks, Peach Jewel, Hi/Lo Catering, HxH leather goods, and Mommy's Trading Post all in one spot—about three miles south of Jack London Square. Not surprisingly, Côte West will be offering a $15 tasting of its Oakland-made wine (and the $15 is waived if you buy a bottle).
Duende Introduces Sangria Sundays
Of course, there’s not really a need for an excuse to have cool drink during this extra-hot summer, but Oakland’s Duende will make it even easier to sip some fruit-enhanced red wine from 5:30 p.m. to closing every Sunday.
You can get white-wine sangria as well, but the traditional version—developed in Spain in the Greek and Roman times when water was unsafe to drink, and the less-than-sophisticated wines (and their bacteria-killing alcohol) needed all the flavor help they could get—starts with red wine, fruit, and spices. Duende will offer sangria flights to go along with the array of summer bites, so any questions about the best mix of flavors will be easy to answer.
Oh, and the name “sangria” comes from the Spanish word for blood—which fits neatly with the skull motifs that line the walls of Duende’s eye-catching interior.
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza Gives Oakland Another Pizza Option
After six years in Berkeley, New York-based pizza chain Artichoke Basille’s Pizza is opening its second East Bay outlet on Saturday, August 24 in the Temescal.
Not surprisingly, Artichoke Basille’s Pizza specializes in New York-style pizza pies and offers some unusual combos (think artichoke and crab). The Oakland location is the 14th nationwide, with all—aside from the Berkeley spot—located in either New York or Connecticut.