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Diablo Dish: Super Bowl Eats

Where to grab grub for the big game; the Everest Momo puts down roots in Pleasanton; Mockingbird celebrates CiderCon in Oakland; special Lunar New Year at E&O Kitchen and Bar in Concord; and more Dish.


Courtesy of Eureka!

As If You Weren’t Sick of theSuper Bowl Already—Here’s More

At least this time it’s about food, and not football. When it comes to Super Bowl fare, there is a middle ground between heating up Hot Pockets and spending three hours on those carnitas tacos everybody loves. Instead, you can go out and watch the 49ers try to slow down the Chiefs on a big screen, or you can order in—either one makes it easy to skip the hassle, enjoy the game, and eat well.


If you want to go out:

Eureka!: For some, the real Sunday trinity is beer, wings, football. The Eureka! Berkeley and Concord locations will make it super simple to enjoy all three. For just $10, Super Bowl fans can get an order of wings and one beer from the permanent handles.

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza: It’s hard to get any cheaper than free, so bargain-lovers will appreciate Oakland’s Artichoke Basille’s Pizza offer of a free slice of pizza with any purchase of a draft beer. The offer is only good during the first half of the game, so get to the Temescal District in time for the opening kickoff.

Plank: Wings will be flying out of the kitchen at plank in Jack London Square, as all varieties will be available for 75 cents. Yes, less than a dollar for what usually costs $9—and, of course, there are plenty of alcoholic options, many large-screen TV’s, and a pretty fervent atmosphere.

Public Market Emeryville: If you can’t find something you like at the Public Market Emeryville, you shouldn’t be reading this blog—and what better way to nosh your way through the Super Bowl than to sample some of the East Bay’s most fun food? And don’t forget the drinks, which include sake and Japanese whiskey at the Periodic Table and happy hour at the Public Bar.


If you want to host but not cook:

Jack’s Restaurant and Bar: Mac and cheese isn’t exactly finger food, but Jack’s offers so many varieties and they’re all so good that no one will complain. And if things don’t go the 49ers’ way, at least you’ve got comfort food on hand. Note, however, that you have to phone in your order (there’s more than just mac and cheese, by the way) and pick it up in Pleasant Hill.


If you’re just not sure:

4505 Burgers and BBQ: You can suck down some ribs and enjoy some beers on the patio in Oakland, or you can get a Game-Day Rib Pack (with chicharrónes and side dishes) to go. Of course, you could do both and bring the Rib Pack home during halftime.


Hopocalypse Now at Drake’s Barrel House in San Leandro

Actually, it’s not “now”— it’s Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. But craft beer aficionados will be happy to wait, as Drake’s will release its Hopocalypse Double and Triple IPAs. In addition, a host of other local brewers will strut their stuff to the accompaniment of live music.

There’s also a Shot in the Dark blind tasting booth, a Blacked Out sensory room, and other training stations. Tickets are $40 in advance ($50 at the door, if available) with both VIP and designated driver options.


Climb a Mountain of Dumplings at Pleasanton’s the Everest’s Momo 

The Everest Momo’s food trucks have earned a wide reputation for their Nepalese food—where dumplings are known as “momos”—and now have opened their second storefront on Pleasanton’s Main Street across from Civic Park.

The only other sit-down Everest Momo is in Sacramento, and though that’s not as difficult a journey as climbing Mount Everest, going to Pleasanton is a lot easier.


Plāyt / Dana Plucinski

Plāyt Celebrates its Roots During Black History Month

Hayward favorite Plāyt calls its style of cooking “Sideways Southern,” and there’s no doubt that style is heavily influenced by African-American traditions from all over the South. So it makes perfect sense for the restaurant to feature weekly specials all through February that draw from that culinary lineage.

It starts this Monday with African and Caribbean highlights on the menu, and then each week executive chef Jerome “Spike” Williams will focus on a different aspect of Southern cooking.



Mockingbird / Kristina Haas

Oakland’s Mockingbird Sets Sights on CiderCon

The latest alcoholic craze is cider, and it just so happens that the 2020 CiderCon is at the Oakland Marriott City Center this week—so Mockingbird has joined forces with Far West Cider Co. for a special $75, three-course prix fixe meal that features cider pairings and cider in the dishes.

The date is Thursday, January 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., but you can get a jump on the cider tasting during happy hour, which runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Boileroom Replaces Telegraph’s Storied Caffe Mediterraneum

The wheel turns, and where there were once deep thoughts and debates about everything from free speech to public nudity, there are now hot pots and rolled ice cream.

The Caffe Mediterraneum closed in late 2016, and it’s taken over two years for Boileroom to open. Now that it has, look for Taiwanese and Japanese hot pots and variety of rolled ice creams—but don’t expect as much philosophical debate about the nature of being.


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