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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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.
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.
More photos of the inside (including the honey sticks) after the jump…
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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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
2 Theatre Square, Orinda
Kasper’s Hot Dogs is closing this month in Orinda Theatre Square due to leasing issues. Note that this is Kasper’s with a “K” which is different from Casper’s Hot Dogs in Walnut Creek. There are still other Kasper’s Hot Dogs restaurants in Fremont, Hayward and other Alameda locations according to Wikipedia.
1388 N. Main St, Walnut Creek
As if there were not enough ice cream options (San Francisco Creamery, Gelataria Naia, Lottie’s Creamery, CREAM) in downtown Walnut Creek, Kara’s Cupcakes is featuring ice cream cupcakes to entice people this summer. Anyone had a chance to try this? What’s the best combo?
71 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette
Back in June we learned that the rustic Lafayette restaurant American Kitchen, featuring natural Americana comfort foods was planning on a July soft opening but according to their Facebook page the opening has been pushed back to August. Progress is being made on the inside as well as out with what looks to be an additional dining area in front which will be great. They have also posted a dinner and lunch menu in their window. Check it out…
It’s been a seriously long time coming but the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is finally opening in the Sprouts Shopping Center in Walnut Creek very soon as you can see by photos of the inside below. I have been to Starbucks and Peet’s plenty of times but this will be my first time at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf so I can’t wait to try it out! Check out their beverage menu here.
I’ll make sure to keep it under 30 minutes so I can park at one of the 30 minutes and under spots.
1548 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek
Smit’s tri-tip BBQ was being served at Hubcaps Diner in downtown Walnut Creek over the weekend and may be coming back in the coming weeks. Their BBQ grill was cooking right outside at the corner of Locust St. and Bonanza St.