Diablo Dish: Postino and Tribune Tavern are Back
Triumphant restaurant returns in Lafayette and Oakland; new eats on Pleasanton’s Main Street; Nido’s Backyard busts out; Eat Real Festival this weekend; East Bay breweries dominate the state; international udon in Berkeley; and more Dish.
Postino and Tribune Tavern Tavern Back in Business
It’s been a lot longer for Oakland’s Tribune Tavern, which shuttered in 2017 due to disputes between partners Chris Pastena and Tom Henderson, but Pastena finally sorted out all the legal issues and opened the doors last week.
Postino had been shuttered since an April fire, but the Lafayette restaurant row stalwart is now up and running again—plenty of time for the upcoming holidays. This is good news for both the restaurants and hungry diners …
Pleasanton’s Main Street Welcomes Two New Restaurants
Patio in Pleasanton makes it all perfectly clear: There’s a patio, and the “Eggs Burgers Brews” part of the name pretty much covers the menu. They have both avocado and Nutella toast on offer as well, but simplicity rules on the south end of Main Street.
Oyo is on the other end of Main Street, and its menu is a little more eclectic, with jerk chicken, paella, and pholourie (a split pea fritter, but you knew that). The South American and Caribbean vibe is unique in the area, but note it’s only open for dinner.
Sabio on Main Launches Barbecue for Lunch
Right in between Patio and Oyo, Sabio on Main is adding yet another style to its fine-dining collection—this time a lunchtime BBQ. The locally sourced meat is cooked in hickory smoke and prepared to Sabio’s exacting standards. And of course, it can be accompanied by local beer, BBQ-friendly wine, and craft cocktails.
Nido’s Backyard Bursts the Backup
As Yogi Berra once said, “It’s so crowded nobody goes there any more,” and Oakland’s tiny but wonderful Nido is just that kind of place. Even though it’s located south of Jack London Square, right next to the freeway, Nido’s was pretty much always crowded with diners and drinkers looking for great Mexican food and fine cocktails.
Now, however, the crush should ease, as Nido’s Backyard, a huge outdoor “margarita garden” occupying a 30,000-square-foot former abandoned parking lot, has opened just a few blocks away on Oak Street and Embarcadero West. Diners should note that the menu is different and that Nido’s Backyard opens at 4 p.m. weekdays, but expect the same carefully prepared food and mezcal drinks as at the original.
East Bay Breweries Take Home Awards
Lift an IPA (or a sour or pale ale…) to the hoppin’ East Bay beer scene, as six local breweries took home awards at the first-ever California Craft Brewers Cup. The East Bay winners:
- Richmond’s East Brother Beer Company (Gold medal for their Bo Pils (Czech Pale Lager in the Bohemian-Style Pilsner category)
- Dublin’s Inc 82 Brewing (Silver medal for their For Hef's Sake in the American-Style Wheat Beer category)
- Martinez’ Del Cielo Brewing Co. (Gold medal for their Guava Dreams in the Fruit Beer category)
- Berkeley’s Triple Rock Brewing (Silver medal for their Cleverpenny, Scottish Export, in the Irish/Scottish Ales category; Bronze medal for their Bid Adieu, Belgian Table Beer, in the Belgian and French-Style Ale category)
- San Leandro’s Drake’s Brewing Co. (Silver medal for their Aroma Coma, Rye IPA, in the Specialty IPA category)
- Berkeley’s Gilman Brewing Company (Gold medal for their Champ Rochau in the Specialty Saison category)
Check out all the Bay Area winners here.
Marugame Udon Expanding into Berkeley
The ninth outpost of Marugame Udon, the cafeteria-style tempura and udon chain, has its soft opening scheduled for next Tuesday, September 24 on Shattuck Avenue.
Customers can begin with noodles and then start making choices, eventually winding up with a self-created entrée, or they can just go for one of Marugame’s custom, basic bowls.
Jack London Square’s Eat Real Festival of Fun and Regional Foods
This is the 11th year of the Eat Real Festival, which takes place over at Oakland’s Jack London Square this coming weekend (11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday), and there’s a reason it’s lasted this long.
More than 50 vendors—all locally sourced and sustainable—cover the gamut from food to beer to wine to cocktails, and though admission is free, there are also some ticketed food experiences available. And naturally, being a festival, there will be live music, DJs, and a family zone with lawn games and face painting. But the serious message is emphasizing the importance of regional food networks and encouraging support for farmers and local entrepreneurs.
Ten Bucks and Tacubaya Makes for a Tasty Happy Hour
Berkeley’s Tacubaya—on Fourth Street—makes it easier to survive a weekday with a brand new $10 Happy Hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
That will buy you a shot of tequila or Mezcal, any bottle or draft beer, and any of Tacubaya’s yummy tacos. Who says the dollar doesn’t get it done any more?
Savor Sangria and Put Away Paella While Learning at Telefèric Barcelona
First, chef Oscar Cabezas instructs eager students on how to make sangria—and then, while they sip, he moves on to preparing paella, which soon becomes the main course.
All this happens Tuesday, September 24 at 6 p.m. at Walnut Creek’s Telefèric Barcelona, but reservations are a must for this master class in Spanish specialties.
Ghost Town Brewery Combines with Comal
The Abajo Dinner Series at Comal will feature small-batch beers from Oakland’s Ghost Town, which started as a heavy metal band but used its rehearsal space to also brew some beer to help pay the rent. In time, the beer bounced the band, and given the brewery’s success, the decision certainly seems like a good one.
L and L Hawaiian Barbecue in Walnut Creek
Proving how difficult it is to survive in today’s restaurant market without a lot of things going right, Baygreens lasted less than a year on Mt. Diablo Boulevard. Now, undaunted L and L Hawaiian Barbecue will be taking over the sport.
Of course, the Home of Chicken and Waffles held down that spot for nearly six years, so there’s certainly hope, especially as L and L has an eclectic menu that ranges from burgers to barbecue to Hawaiian specialties (yes, there’s Spam).
Another reason for optimism is that the chain already has locations in Antioch, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Hercules, and Pleasanton. So clearly the formula can work in the East Bay.