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Diablo Dish: New American Eatery Opens in Martinez

Danville gets Lottie’s Creamery and Philz Coffee; Market Tavern is now open in Dublin; Rahma Mediterranean Market gets an update; celebrate bacon and bubbles in downtown Pleasanton; and more Dish.


Vic's Martinez

Vic’s Opens in Martinez

Located on Pacheco Boulevard (in the spot formerly occupied by Cuff and Collar and Boscoz Burgerz), Vic’s Martinez serves up lunch during the week and brunch on the weekend in a cozy setting. The new spot is run by the same folks who own The Hideout Kitchen and Cafe in Lafayette, which is a sign for great cooking since the Lamorinda restaurant has passed its three-year mark even though it’s not visible from Mt. Diablo Boulevard.

And, yes, the plans call for Vic’s to add dinner service in the near future.


Lottie’s Creamery and Philz Coffee Are Coming to Danville

Lottie’s Creamery, which has built a devoted following in downtown Walnut Creek, plans to open on Prospect Avenue in Danville in April.

The expansion is triggered in part by new ownership—Tal Franbuch took over in January—as Lottie’s ventured down to the Peninsula recently opening a Palo Alto branch. Regardless, expect the same focus on handcrafted, small-batch ice cream.

Philz Coffee has also officially pulled its building permits for a Railroad Avenue location, just across from Homegrown.


Red Tractor Closed After 18 Years

The long-time standby in Dublin’s Hacienda Crossings closed in January after what counts as Methuselah-style longevity in the always-evolving restaurant business.

Known for its chicken and waffles, diner-style breakfasts, and Southern cooking, the Red Tractor Cafe had become a Dublin landmark but slipped below the waves with little fanfare last month. Like Johnny Garlic's, which was also in Hacienda Crossings for a long time, the changing tides of the industry finally left them high and dry.


Market Tavern

Market Tavern Now Open in Hacienda Crossings

Diners looking for a more upscale experience in Dublin’s Hacienda Crossings than Five Guys or Fuddrucker’s—though those are never bad options—can now drop in at Market Tavern. There’s a full bar plus a menu that runs the gamut from sashimi to short ribs with spätzle to fish tacos. Oh, and there’s an even an Impossible Burger available.



Rahma Mediterranean Market Upgrades to Grill Status

Look for the transformation from market/deli to restaurant at Rahma Mediterranean Market on Dublin Boulevard to be complete in the next few weeks, as co-owner Omar Aburahma adds another dining option to his already up-and-running Amalfi Mediterranean Fusion. The two Dublin eateries are conveniently located just across from each other along Village Parkway, which may actually make it harder to choose which one to visit.


Pleasanton Mixes Bubbles and Bacon Saturday

Who loves bubbles? Who loves bacon?

We’re think the Venn diagram that links those two groups is going to cover a significant portion of the people reading Dish, so if there’s a bit of a traffic jam leading to the first annual Bubbles and Bacon event in downtown Pleasanton on Saturday, February 23, we won’t be surprised.

As they say in Hollywood, this is a high concept—at 15 stops in downtown Pleasanton, participants will be able to sample bacon-inspired dishes paired with a bubbly drink, for just $40. The fun starts at 4 p.m., and will last until 7.


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Oakland’s Itani Ramen Celebrates Nikka Whisky

OK, so even though the Japanese spell whisky without the “e,” it’s still the same smooth-sipping favorite. And on Saturday, February 23, Itani Ramen will offer a three-course, prix-fixe pairing of its own Japanese food and Nikka whiskies. (Nikka is the second-largest producer in Japan and has been around since 1934.)

There will be a 6 and an 8:30 p.m. seating for the $58 event, which will be held in the Genki Room—Itani Ramen’s private dining room.


Napa’s Peju Province Winery Teams Up with Walnut Creek’s Benvenuti

Not only will diners enjoy a five-course, wine-paired evening on Thursday, February 28, they will also have a chance to talk to Lisa Peju of the Napa winery.

The event is $95, and though the main course is lamb shanks, a vegetarian option is available.


Telefèric Barcelona Extends Paella Specials for Another Month

Who wouldn’t want to feast on paella and sip sangria for just $25? That’s the deal at the Mt. Diablo Boulevard spot in Walnut Creek, and it was so popular Mondays through Thursdays in January, the weekday bargain will now run through February at Telefèric Barcelona.

One note: You have to download a coupon here to get the special offer.


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