Ramen Hiroshi Opening in Early December in Downtown Walnut Creek

1633 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek

The hotly anticipated ramen-ya Hiroshi Ramen that was expected to open earlier this month will be opening most likely in early December. I had a chance to chat with the owner Hiroshi who it turns out owned Yakitori Hiroshi in Dublin and worked in Tokyo for 10 years. This restaurant will focus on ramen noodle dishes such as pork tonkotsu ramen, miso ramen, tantan-men as well as a clear chicken base ramen. There will also be appetizers such as karaage and gyoza. As for yakitori, they’re considering opening a second restaurant in the area focusing on yakitori. Just writing about this is making me hungry… Yum!

Yalla Mediterranean Opening in December in Pleasant Hill

55 Crescent Dr, Pleasant Hill

Last month we learned that Daphne’s California Greek in Pleasant Hill would be transforming into Yalla Mediterranean due to new ownership wanting to try out a different concept. It is expected to open next month in December. According to this article from Nation’s Restaurant News, if this initial Pleasant Hill restaurant proves successful they may switch other restaurants to Yalla Mediterranean as well so it looks like Daphne’s in Walnut Creek may be in for a change… From the article:

Yalla Mediterranean will continue Daphne’s healthful emphasis and fast-casual format, tapping what is a growing hunger for flavors of that region.

Check out their menu here.


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Cheese Therapy Debuts at Off the Grid Food Market in Concord


The Livermore-based Cheese Therapy food truck [great name!] debuted at the Off the Grid food market in Concord over the weekend. I tried the spicy pumpkin soup and salami veggie sandwich and it was delicious! They are also at the Taste of the World food market in Walnut Creek near the Pleasant Hill BART station. Check out their schedule here.

From their website:

Honoring fine artisan cheesemakers and cheese-making traditions, near and far, by sharing our passion, knowledge and expertise, offering excellent cheeses, cheese-related products and education, to broaden the appreciation of cheese and enhance the quality of life in our community. Serving the San Francisco East Bay Community from our base in the Livermore Valley.



True Food Kitchen Coming to Broadway Plaza in 2016

Boradway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Diablo Dish reports that True Food Kitchen is opening a giant 6,000 square foot restaurant next to Macy’s in May, 2016 in Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek. The True Food Kitchen concept is based on Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet (see the food pyramid). I’ve followed Dr. Weil’s advice many times so this looks very promising! Check out their San Diego lunch menu here and dinner menu here.

From their website:

You don’t have to be a die-hard Yogi to dine at True Food Kitchen. You need only a desire to give your body nutrients, and your palate something memorable. The basis for the anti-inflammatory diet isn’t meant to deprive a healthy body of great flavors, it’s meant to take popular trends in cuisine and pair them with healthy living.

With a wide, healthy selection of vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free options we offer something for everyone. Try the kale and quinoa, you’ll live longer. Drink the seabuckthorn and acai, you’ll feel better. At True Food Kitchen, we want you to feel better, live longer, and make your mouth happy in the process. It’s honest food that tastes really good.


Mariposa Gluten-Free Bakery Coming to Downtown Lafayette

Park Plaza, Lafayette

The gluten-free bakery Mariposa, with locations in the Ferry Building in San Francisco and Oakland is opening a third store next spring right in downtown Lafayette in the new Park Plaza development, the same block where Squirrel’s Coffee Shop used to be. According to Inside Scoop, “Mariposa will occupy a 2,900-square-foot space in which it will run a retail café offering gluten-free baked goods (some of which will be baked on-site), as well as a seasonally changing selection of breakfast and lunch items, such as sandwiches.” Check out the article here.

From the Mariposa website:

Mariposa started in 2004 because founder Patti Furey Crane was gluten-intolerant, baking a lot of baked goods to satisfy her own cravings and there were few gluten-free artisan baked goods available on the market at that time.