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…
1524 Locust St, Walnut Creek
In April we learned that Pleasanton-based Lokanta Mediterranean Grill & Bar would be coming to half of the former Inge’s Footwear store on Locust St. in downtown Walnut Creek and the Coming Soon signage is now up. Check out their lunch menu here and dinner menu here.
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.
More photos of the inside after the jump…
70 Moraga Way, Orinda
Earlier this month we learned that Reem’s Steaks would be replacing Turquoise Mediterranean Grill in Orinda and they have now opened. They offer Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, hamburgers, fish & chips, salads, Nutella crepes and more. Check out their menu here.
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?
Spotted at the seafood restaurant Yankee Pier in Lafayette.
1632 Locust Street, Walnut Creek
According to Diablo Dish the salad, sandwich and soup restaurant Lettuce is expanding their downtown Walnut Creek location taking over the Pro Home Systems spot next door. Check out their menu here. What is your favorite dish to get at Lettuce?
Pizza is becoming popular in Walnut Creek these days with Pizza My Heart and Slice House opening soon in downtown and Mod Pizza will be opening a new location in the new Orchards shopping center anchored by Safeway (across the street from Encina Grande). Check out their menu here.
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?
More photos after the jump…
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
Photos of the restaurant signage after the jump…