Ice Cream Doughnut Sandwiches at Coco Swirl in Walnut Creek

1273 Locust St, Walnut Creek

The frozen yogurt shop Coco Swirl has joined the ice cream bandwagon in downtown Walnut Creek with new ice cream doughnut sandwiches, just in time for the end of the dog days of summer. Interestingly, I just learned that Coco Swirl only has two locations, Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill. I always thought they were a big franchise.


Noah’s Bagels Signage Up in Downtown Walnut Creek

1930 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

Last month we learned that Noah’s Bagels would be coming to downtown Walnut Creek on Mt. Diablo Blvd. and their signage is now up. In the meantime you can check out their other Walnut Creek location in the Countrywood Shopping Center at the corner of Bancroft Rd. and Treat Blvd. or their Lafayette location in the Whole Foods/Safeway shopping center on Mt. Diablo Blvd.

home/made kitchen café & bakery Opens in Moraga

337 Rheem Blvd, Moraga

Earlier this month we learned that home/made kitchen cafe & bakery would be opening soon in Moraga near 24 Fitness and they have now opened. I dropped by recently and tried their Chef’s Scramble (2 eggs, spinach, bacon, goat cheese), served with fruit and potatoes and it was delicious, as was their fig scone, yum! There is plenty of space both inside and out and the warm, natural lighting is a nice complement to the cozy atmosphere. For now they’re open for breakfast, brunch and lunch until 2pm with their coffee bar open until 4pm on weekdays. Check out their website here.


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Bonehead’s Texas BBQ Opening in Lafayette

3422 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Thanks to a reader for sending word that a new barbecue restaurant called Bonehead’s Texas BBQ will be opening in the Bo’s Barbecue location in Lafayette that we learned was closing back in April. They have doing catering for several years and this looks to be their first restaurant. Check out their catering menu here and Facebook page here. Stay tuned…

From their website:

All of our products are prepared fresh daily… well most of them.  The cole slaw, tater salad and other salads are.  But our meats take days to prepare even before they’re cooked.  You see, we use rubs on our meats that we allow to soak in for up to 72 hours before they’re placed in the smoker.  That’s what makes Bonehead’s different – we’re slow – low and slow smokin’.  We use wood fired smokers only – no natural gas or charcoal.  We believe natural gas and charcoal leave a flavor that isn’t compatible to tasty food.

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Opens in Walnut Creek

Sprout Shopping Center, Walnut Creek

A couple of week ago we learned that The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf would be opening very soon in the Sprouts shopping center in Walnut Creek at the corner of Geary Blvd. and N. Main St. and they have now opened. It’s very bright and airy inside thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows. This was my first time at a Coffee Bean & Tea leaf cafe and my Chai ice blended drink tasted great! I’m glad there is a another choice around town compared to the ubiquitous Starbucks and Peet’s. One interesting difference I noticed are the honey stick sweeteners sitting right out where the napkins are, free to use with drinks. How cool is that?!

The only downside is I had to circle the parking lot three times to find a 30 minute spot; if I lived within walking distance or could drop by in the evenings when it’s less crowded I’d be here more often.


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Honey sticks:

American Kitchen Opening this Monday, Aug. 25th in Lafayette

71 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette

Last week we learned that American Kitchen would be opening sometime this month in downtown Lafayette and good news has arrived as they are officially opening this Monday, August, 25th at 9am. Initially they will be serving breakfast from 9am – 11am and lunch from 11am – 3pm with plans for dinner service in early September. Check out their expansive menu here which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner offerings as well as pastries and drinks including coffee, tea, juices, craft beers and local wines. Check out their Facebook page here.

In addition to the great outdoor seating areas you can see in the photo above, I had a chance to get a preview of the inside which looks amazing as well. It has a great rustic ambiance that fits the outside architecture perfectly. Check out part of the dining area in the photo below.


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310 Eatery moving into Redux Lounge in Walnut Creek by Sept. 15th

1633 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek

Back in April I noted that the LA street food-style restaurant 310 Eatery opened in downtown Walnut Creek on Bonanza St. and they will be moving around the corner to Redux Lounge and reopening by September 15th, to be called Redux Lounge Kitchen by 310 Eatery. Although they will be located within Redux it will still be possible to dine there during daytime hours as well as at night with no obligation to stay at the lounge area.

FYI they recently came out with a new burger called the 405 Traffic Jam:

- 1/3 lb Short Rib-Bacon blend patty
- Breaded Portobello Mushroom
- Crispy Onions
- Pastrami with a Lemon-Garlic Butter sauce
- Pickled Jalapeños
- Homemade Kalbi Aioli

Served on a warm, butter pretzel bun!!!

Check out more at their Facebook page here and read more about the move at Diablo Dish.

1411 Locust St, Walnut Creek