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Diablo Dish: Slice House Starts Slicing Soon

All-you-can-eat cereal; organic fast food; Dunkin' ready to descend.


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Slice House Set to Open

Big news, pizza lovers!

Slice House is opening on Friday, May 27.

We’ve been patiently waiting for local guy and award-winning pizza maker Tony Gemignani to open the doors to Slice House in downtown Walnut Creek. If you’ve passed by the spot at the corner of Main Street and Mount Diablo Boulevard, then you’ve likely noticed that the restaurant on the ground floor has been in the throes of construction for the last several months.

Slice House will offer its famed New York-style pizza along with house-made pasta, Italian sausages, soups, salads, and subs. It will be open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Slice House will be the third and final eatery to open in the high-profile 1500 Mt. Diablo development, which is also home to the newly opened Rooftop Restaurant and Bar as well as Telefèric Barcelona.


Speaking of Pizza...

A little slice of LeBron James has arrived in Concord.

As reported by The East Bay Times, a LeBron James-backed pizza joint is now open. Located at 1110 Concord Avenue, Blaze Pizza joins other recent Concord additions, including The Habit Burger Grill, Jimmy John’s, and Noodles and Company.

With locations in Fremont, San Francisco, San Jose, and now Concord, this popular fast-casual eatery follows the build-your-own pizza concept, allowing customers to customize their meal. The pizzeria features house-made dough as well as a variety of seasonal and fresh ingredients.

Owner Harsh Ghai, along with his father and business partner, Sunny Ghai, have plans to open 12 more Blaze Pizza locations in Contra Costa and Solano counties, and are currently scouting several local spaces for new locations.

While we are certainly Steph Curry fans in this house, we also like pizza. A lot. Even Warriors fans have something in common with LeBron James.

Stay tuned for more Blaze Pizza announcements.


The Organic Coup

Organic Fast Food Coming to Pleasant Hill

Last fall, The Organic Coup took Pleasanton by storm. As the first USDA-certified organic fast-food restaurant in the country, The Organic Coup quickly built a solid reputation for itself by serving healthful yet delicious fried chicken sandwiches, wraps, and salads. The eatery is the brainchild of founder Erica Welton, a former Costco executive with a passion for social change and a desire to improve and takeover the fast food industry.

With a serious goal of opening up 25 new locations in the Bay Area within the next year, Welton has set her sights on her next location.

Taking over the space that was formerly and very briefly Lizzy’s Pie Shop, The Organic Coup is expanding to downtown Pleasant Hill. The newest location is situated next door to Corner Bakery Café at 35 Crescent Plaza.

If you can hardly stand the wait for The Coup Wrap—which features organic chicken breast fried in organic coconut oil with spicy shredded organic veggies wrapped in an organic multi-grain tortilla—the good news is that you don’t have to sit tight for too long.

The Organic Coup is planning a soft opening in mid-June, and a grand opening at the end of June. You’ll be digging into that organic chicken wrap before you know it.


Speaking of Pleasant Hill...

Urban Plates, also located in Crescent Plaza, officially opened its doors this past Monday. The “farm-to-plate” restaurant makes its food in-house using sustainably sourced ingredients. Everything on the menu—from the dressings to the sides to the pastries—is made from scratch every day.

The menu features entrée plates prepared around high-quality proteins, such as grass-fed steak, free-range chicken, and baked salmon. Each plate comes with a choice of two sides, which include perennial favorites like macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and sautéed Brussels sprouts.

Also available are sandwiches, hand-tossed salads, stews, soups, and pizzettes. I’m partial to the grilled wild albacore sandwich served with organic butter lettuce and aioli on grilled ciabatta.

If you have room for dessert, you can choose from more than 20 types of house-made treats, including the signature mango tart, banana cream pie, cheesecake, and chocolate peanut butter pretzel crunch cupcakes.

The best part? Everything on the menu is reasonably priced, with items costing $15 or less. There is also online ordering available, making it easy to pick up an affordable yet healthful meal on the way home.


Cheese steaks in Orinda

Reem’s Steaks also opened on Monday, moving into the space that was formerly Turquoise Mediterranean Grill. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, Reem’s Steaks is bringing a New American cooking style with a twinge of French fusion to downtown Orinda.

Patrons can enjoy Philly cheese steaks, fish and chips, and hamburgers as well as French-inspired desserts, such as crepes.

Special steak menu items are offered daily.


Dunkin’ Donuts Coming Soon

Good news, Dunkin’ Donuts fans! The first Bay Area outpost is moving into the former Taco Bell space in the Newell Avenue strip mall in Walnut Creek. The new location is on track to open next month.

With 12 Dunkin’ Donuts locations scheduled to open in Contra Costa County over the next several years, construction is in full swing at the first location. Training starts next week for freshly hired shift leaders, and the much-loved donut chain is planning to hire around 80 more people. Job applications are being accepted at www.LoveDunkin.com.

Stay tuned for an official opening date. That iced coffee is going to be here just in the nick of time for the summer heat.



Pan-Rolled Ice Cream at Snowflake

Snowflake at the Ulferts Center in Dublin has unveiled a new ice cream treat.

The organic pan-rolled ice cream is a popular dessert in New York, but Snowflake is the first Bay Area location to serve it.

Created with all organic ingredients, this icy, refreshing treat is frozen at -10 degrees and then gently rolled out of the pan. The result is a smoother version of traditional ice cream with a unique taste.

Snowflake just started serving the organic pan-rolled ice cream a few weeks ago, and it’s been greeted with great success.

Cup, cone, or roll? We say roll.



Berevino Now Offering Happy Hour

The space formerly occupied by Tomatina in Dublin opened last week as Berevino, an Italian eatery and wine bar. Restaurant owners Sadaf Shaghasi and Omar Etemadi also own Coco Cabana in Dublin as well as Oasis Grille in Pleasanton.

Known as “Social Hour,” Berevino’s version of happy hour is offered every day from 2 to 5 p.m. It features specialty cocktails and an array of Italian wines.

Keep an eye out for daily lunch specials beginning in June.

In the meantime, don’t miss the social hour.




Farmsteads of the California Coast

Local author and award-winning journalist Sarah Henry has released her new book, Farmsteads of the California Coast.

The book profiles 12 farmsteads and explains the sustainable practices they use to grow their food. It also includes recipes that show how to cook meals with the fresh bounty from a farm.

Pick up a copy today to gain a much deeper appreciation of farmers and to learn about the innovative ways in which they provide us with food.


Wine Walk-About in Alamo

The Alamo Community Walk-About is taking place tomorrow from 5 to 8 p.m. Stroll up and down Danville Boulevard as you enjoy wine, beer, live music, and food. Tickets are available today for $20 and tomorrow for $25.

Tickets for children and designated drivers are available for purchase at the event for $10. For those less interested in walking, a trolley will transport attendees during the event. Proceeds benefit The Community Foundation of Alamo.


Pig and Punch

Dig in this weekend at Pig and Punch in the city.

On May 22, from 12 to 5 p.m., foodies will gather at SoMa StrEat Food Park in San Francisco to give back. Local food superstars and bartenders participate in this charity barbecue, where attendees are encouraged to eat as much pork as they can handle and to wash it down with as much punch as they wish.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to KIPP Bay Area schools.


Steven Kent at Sabio

Visit Sabio on May 24 for a special winemaker dinner with Steven Kent Mirassou from Steven Kent Winery.

Executive Chef Francis X. Hogan will prepare a five-course menu to complement the evening’s wine selection. Dishes include Wagyu filet mignon and Liberty duck breast, just to offer a few foodie teasers.

Advance ticket purchase is required. The $159.24 ticket price includes tax and gratuity.


All-You-Can Eat Cereal

Grab a spoon.

The New Parkway Theater, located in Oakland’s Uptown District, is already known for its family-friendly events, including the Baby Brigade on Monday evenings and Saturday afternoons, when parents can bring their little ones along to see a feature film.

Now parents can binge-watch cartoons while eating copious amounts of cereal with no judgment. Starting on Saturday, May 28, the theater will host a new monthly series titled “Cereal Cinema.” At 10 a.m. on every second Saturday, the New Parkway Theater will offer classic cartoons and an all-you-can eat cereal bar. Tickets cost $10 for children and adults.  

Make your inner child happy and indulge in your favorite childhood cereal. Gluten-free and vegan cereal options will also be available.

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Happy Hour Bar & Bites at
The Cooperage

Monday through Friday
3pm – 5:30pm


This isn’t your typical happy hour. This quintessential neighborhood spot offers high-quality craft cocktails on tap and tasty bites. Menu features: $10 cocktails on tap, $5 select beer & wine, $1 oysters, $7 bacon cheeseburger sliders, $7 crispy beer battered shrimp sliders, $9 sashimi-grade ahi tuna tartare. 

32 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette
​Reservations: www.thecooperagelafayette.com or 925.298.5915

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