Blue Line Pizza Coming to Danville

550 Hartz Ave, Danville

Blue Line Pizza, owned by the same owners as San Francisco-based Little Star Pizza, is coming to Danville on Hartz Ave. where Rakestraw Books and the custom cabinetry designer Marley & Company used to be. Check out their menu here. I wonder how this compares to Patxi’s Pizza who also offer cornmeal deep dish pizzas?

From their website:

Since opening in 2004, Little Star Pizza has been widely recognized as the best pizza in San Francisco by locals, visitors and critics alike. Renowned for our cornmeal crust deep dish pizzas, Little Star has received numerous awards and accolades – our favorite being named in 7×7 Magazine’s “The Big Eat SF: 100 Things to Try Before You Die.” Our pizza has been an exclusive gem of the City until now.

We are expanding throughout the Bay Area under a new name that gives a subtle nod to Chicago, the birthplace of deep dish pizza. Named after The Blue Line, a train that runs between O’Hare Airport and downtown Chicago, Blue Line Pizza features the same award-winning Chicago cornmeal crust deep dish and New York style thin crust pizzas, organic salads, housemade appetizers, and a quality selection of beers, wines, and spirits. Blue Line Pizza also offers a variety of ordering and convenient services including online ordering, in-store pre-ordering (where your pizzas come out of the oven when your table is ready for seating) and easy pick-up of half or full baked pizzas.


Lotus Thai Opening beginning of Feb. in Danville

115 Hartz Ave, Danville

Thanks to a reader for sending word about a new Thai restaurant called Lotus Thai will be opening in Danville where Jalapeno Grill used to be. According to someone working there they plan on opening very soon, most likely at the beginning of February.


Vitality Bowls Coming to Lafayette

3454 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Back in September I noted the progress of the Merrill Gardens assisted living apartment complex in downtown Lafayette and now Diablo Dish points out that Vitality Bowls is coming to one of the retail spots. Check out the Vitality Bowls Lafayette page here. I saw only one Leased sign and it looked quite big inside. I wonder if they’ll offer senior citizen discounts?


Ramen Hiroshi Lunch Service begins Jan. 30th

1633 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek

It’s been about a week since Ramen Hiroshi opened in downtown Walnut Creek and a sign posted in front notes that lunch service will begin Friday, January 30th. I stopped by over the weekend and tried the tonkotsu ramen, hanetsuki gyouza and spinach salad (horenso goma ae). Everything tasted great and I look forward to coming back to try the miso ramen, takoyaki and more. I had never seen gyouza presented connected together as a circle before, that’s why it’s called hanetsuki gyouza. Check out their appetizer menu here and ramen menu here. Since seating is limited the earlier you get there the better. There is also bar seating in the back. Beer and alcohol to come…

tonkotsu ramen:

Photos of the bar seating, gyouza and horenso goma ae after the jump: Continue reading


Veggie Grill Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek

1320 Locust St, Walnut Creek

The wait is finally over as Veggie Grill opens today in downtown Walnut Creek. It has a nice design as you can see by the dynamic wall in the photo below. Interestingly the spot where the nail salon used to be is available for lease so this is quite a narrow restaurant. Check out their menu here. I tried the Bombay Bowl and Crispy Cauliflower which both tasted great.

Inside towards the back:

Lease available next door:


Izakaya Jun Coming Soon to Downtown Walnut Creek

1552 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Back in May we learned that a new Japanese bistro would be coming to downtown Walnut Creek where Locust Street Deli used to be and at the time I noted that I, ” wouldn’t be surprised if the new restaurant featured yakitori rather than sushi.” Sure enough, the new name of the restaurant is Izakaya Jun! I love izakaya and with Hiroshi Ramen having recently opened around the corner, downtown Walnut Creek could turn into a destination spot for Japanese comfort food. Stay tuned…

The tag line is “Real Japanese Food & Sake Bar”. I’m not sure what “real” Japanese food is. As opposed to fake Japanese food?


Ike’s Sandwich Shop Coming to Willows Shopping Center in Concord

Willows Shopping Center, Concord

Ike’s Sandwich Shop is coming to the Willows Shopping Center in Concord where Quiznos used to be, next to Road Runner Sports. This 1150 sf location is next to the new road connecting the back and front parking lots so it feels quite different from before the redevelopment. The Walnut Creek Ike’s opened a couple of years ago. Check out their menu here. What is your favorite Ike’s sandwich?