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Another Restaurant Opening near new Pleasant Hill BART called En Route

7001 Sunne Ln, Walnut Creek

Thanks to a reader for sending word (and photo) about a new restaurant opening at the Avalon apartment complex located near the Pleasant Hill BART station in Walnut Creek. It will be called En Route and is set to open right across from the Peruvian restaurant Parada. The other restaurant will be opening down the block next to where Zoom Room used to be and will be called Hops & Scotch. Stay tuned…


Sideboard Opens in Downtown Lafayette

3535 Plaza Way, Lafayette

The much anticipated opening of Danville-based comfort food restaurant Sideboard took place last week and over the weekend I dropped by to check it out and was happy to see that same casual charm their Danville location offers. I tried the skirt steak sandwich with chimichurri sauce. arugula and caramelized onions and it was delicious! I look forward to going back to try some more dishes out. Check out their morning menu here, lunch menu here, dinner menu here, and beverage menu here. Like their Danville location (and nearby Roam Burgers), you order directly at the cashier, get a tag and sit down where your food is delivered.

From their website:

Sideboard neighborhood kitchen and coffee bar is dedicated to creating handcrafted comfort food taking into account the season and availability of natural, local, organic, and sustainable ingredients whenever possible. All menu items and condiments are house made or sourced from purveyors who share our vision and passion in creating products which we believe to be the best available. Simply prepared, our rustic comfort food comes from the heart. Signature items will be available daily.


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Boudin Bakery & Cafe Reopening Soon in Broadway Plaza

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

It’s been over two years since Boudin Bakery & Cafe closed in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek due to the redevelopment taking place but they’ll be reopening in early summer in the spot you see above, right near Nordstrom. As you can see in the photo below and this Craigslist posting, they are “now hiring”. Who’s ready for some clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl?



Urban Plates Opens in Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center

Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center

The wait is over as “farm to plate” restaurant Urban Plates opens in the Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center on Crescent Dr. I was looking forward to trying this place out yesterday but even though the sign out front says “Now Open” they were closed. However, someone working there indicated they’ll be open today. In addition to healthy dining choices they also offer wine and local craft beer as well. The new outdoor patios with heat lamps look great. Check out the photos of the inside and patios after the jump. Check out their menu here.

Has anyone tried this place yet? What dishes do you recommend?


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Food Court Reopens in Sunvalley Shopping Center in Concord

Sunvalley Shopping Center, Concord

While you’re waiting for Round 1 Bowling & Entertainment to open in Sunvalley Shopping Center in Concord check out the newly reopened food court. There is plenty of seating available as you can see in the photo below and the following food options are available:

  • Charly’s Philly Steaks
  • Chicken Connection
  • Pizza Studio
  • Suki Hana
  • Surf City Squeeze
  • Yeung’s Lotus Express


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