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Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream Coming Soon to Willows Shopping Center in Concord

Willows Shopping Center, Concord

In January we learned that Ike’s Sandwich Shop was coming to the Willows Shopping Center in Concord and right next door Palo Alto-based Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream will be opening up. Check out their complete flavor list such as caramel praline and black raspberry crunch here.

From their website:

Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream has been the home of 48 exceptional, handmade ice cream creations such as Coffee Molasses Chip, Rose andWhite Chocolate Ginger. We live, breathe and dream ice cream and never get tired of brightening a customer’s day with a big ol’ scoop of everyone’s favorite dessert —ice cream.

We also make the most delicious and beautifully decorated ice cream cakes (over 20 varieties) around. Or, try our handmade cupcakes, ice cream whoopies, cookies, brownies and pies.



Rockin Crawfish Opens in Concord

1847 Willow Pass Rd, Concord

Rockin Crawfish, the Cajun restaurant from Oakland has opened a new location in Concord at the Park ‘N’ Shop in Concord. Check out their food menu here and beverage menu here. The inside has a fun, eclectic feel with records, guitars, license plates and of course artistic drawings of crawfish plastered on the walls. There is plenty of seating and large bar area throughout. Check out the photos of the inside below to get a feel for how it looks.

It’s been a while since I’ve been to New Orleans and this cuisine was so tempting that I ordered the crawfish boil ($13.99/market price).  You choose the spiciness when ordering (I chose original which, although is less than mild, still had plenty kick for me), and after a short while a pound of piping hot crawfish in a clear, plastic bag along with a bib and a plate of lemons and a salty pepper dipping powder is ready to devour. The waitress explained that most people squeeze the lemons into the powder so you can dip the crawfish. First, you remove the shell from the head and suck the juice out. Then you remove the meat from the tail, dip into the sauce, and enjoy. Nothing else is edible. Crawfish don’t have much meat but there are plenty of crawfish in the bag. I recommend getting a side of steamed rice. It’s quite a bit of work but it’s delicious and if ever there were a place to enjoy cajun cooking this is it!


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Coffee Shop Pre-Preview in Downtown Walnut Creek

1321 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Coffee Shop, the eagerly anticipated new coffee shop that replaces Lift Lounge in downtown Walnut Creek is opening by the end of April. The inside has been completely remodeled; the huge ceiling, wooden planks throughout, concrete floors and counters look beautiful. It reminded me of coffee shops straight out of Portland. There is going to be some serious coffee brewing going on with two Slayer espresso machines only available in a couple of other Bay Area locations.

In addition to artisinal coffee (initially local and national roasters will be featured) such as Sightglass and Four Barrel, with Stumptown cold brew and nitro cold brew available on draft, there will also be a selection of coffee based cocktails, craft brews and wine. Samovar teas and cold pressed juice will be available for non-coffee drinkers. As for cuisine, baked goods from local bakery 54 Mint as well as their own dishes made with seasonally fresh ingredients such as waffles and more will be featured.

Although I’m more of a tea drinker I think after visiting this place I may end up being turned on to coffee. This is going to be amazing! Check out their Facebook page here and website here and check out plenty of photos of the inside below.


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The Hideout Kitchen & Cafe Opens in Lafayette

3406 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Thanks to a reader for sending word that a new restaurant featuring seasonal California cuisine, The Hideout Kitchen & Cafe, has opened in place of the Italian restaurant Giardino on Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette. Owner JP Balingit is the former directory of culinary operations at Jack’s Restaurant and Bar in Pleasant Hill with longtime restaurant experience. Menus change daily; check out a recent lunch menu here, dinner menu here and brunch menu here. Lunch and dinner are available Tuesday – Friday with brunch and dinner available on weekends beginning at 9am. There is an outdoor dining area as well.

The interior features eclectic collectible pieces such as the display case featuring bread from local bakery The Rising Loafer. The bar is made from reclaimed wood from their neighbor. (See photos of this and more after the jump.)


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Gelateria Naia Closes in Walnut Creek

1245 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek

It looks like the ice cream bubble has popped in downtown Walnut Creek as Gelateria Naia recently closed. A sign in the window notes that they have been there for 10 years but you can still grab a cone at their North Beach location. Their secret, bambino-sized cone was the perfect size at a great price. In downtown Walnut Creek the other available options are San Francisco Creamery, Lottie’s Creamery and CREAM. Not to mention Kara’s cupcakes, Coco Swirl and Honey Berry.