Sideboard Restaurant Opens in Danville

90 Railroad Ave, Danville

The restaurant Sideboard in Danville has relocated from their Hartz Ave. location to a converted house on Railroad Ave. a few blocks a way in downtown Danville. The entry is on the side of the house and there is an outdoor patio in back with additional seating in a different building behind that. Diablo Dish has more about the opening here. I really want to try this place out, any recommended dishes?

From their Facebook page:

Sideboard is a Restaurant in Danville California. We serve delicious organic meals along side will amazing Blue Bottle Coffee and Red Blossom Tea. Natural, Local and Organic whenever possible.

Friday Question of the Day – What is your Favorite Bar for Craft Beer?


With The Hop Grenade Taproom & Bottle Shop opening in early June in Concord according to the latest updates and Calicraft opening a tasting room this fall in Walnut Creek, not to mention ØL Beercafe & Bottle Shop in downtown Walnut Creek, that got me thinking about bars with good craft beer selections.

So for this week’s Friday Question of the Day, what is your favorite bar for craft beer?

Beer selection inside ØL Beercafe & Bottle Shop:

The Hop Grenade Taproom & Bottle Shop Opening in Concord this Spring

2151 Salvio St Concord, CA 94520

A new bar from the owners of the Brewing Network, focusing on craft beers called The Hop Grenade is planning to open this spring across from Todos Santos Plaza in Concord where Panama Red Cafe used to be. According to Diablo Dish it will also serve as a recording studio for their Brewing Network shows. Listen to the latest show here.

From their website:

The Hop Grenade is a craft beer pub in Concord, CA, 20 miles East of San Francisco. Opening Spring 2014 in downtown Concord and featuring fine American craft beer from California and beyond.


Calicraft Brewing Co. Opening Tasting Room this Fall in Walnut Creek


Walnut Creek based Calicraft Brewing Co. is planning on opening a tasting room this fall in the Shadelands Business Park at 2700 Mitchell Dr. in Walnut Creek. They were pouring beers at the Sabores del Sur opening last week and I thought the Kolsch-style ale was amazing! Check out their beers here.

From their Facebook page:

California, bottled. – Using locally and regionally sourced ingredients Calicraft makes beers that showcase the flavors and taste California.

Read more about Calicraft here and here.

Walnut Creek Restaurant Week April 21st – 27th


Walnut Creek Restaurant Week:

Downtown Walnut Creek
Monday, April 21st – Sunday, April 27th, 2014
Lunch/dinner | $10 – $40

Walnut Creek Restaurant Week is a culinary celebration of spectacular cuisine at incredible prices. Entice your appetite and delight your palate with prix-fixe menus offered at over 2 dozen restaurants. With cuisines that encompass American, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Japanese and Mexican (just to name a few), experience why our delicious community has been called, “The East Bay’s most popular dining destination.”

View participating restaurants here.

Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop Opens in Todos Santos Plaza in Concord

1975 Mt. Diablo St, Concord

Last Monday the first Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop opened in Northen California right next to Todos Santos Plaza in downtown Concord. Check out their menu here. They are known for “The Bobbie” turkey sandwich with, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and mayo. Plans are in the works for additional locations in Hayward and Pleasanton.

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Sabores del Sur South American Cafe Opens in Walnut Creek

3003 Oak Rd, Walnut Creek

With the eagerly anticipated opening of the South American restaurant Sabores del Sur in Walnut Creek near the Pleasant Hill BART station this week, I checked out a preview party last week and as expected the food was delicious. The high ceilings and cheery decor make for a great spot to stop by for a bite to eat. I am not kidding when I say those alfajores cookies are delicious, not to mention the empanadas and pastel de choclo (Chliean casserole). I will definitely be back ASAP for more!

From their Facebook page:

Sabores del Sur (Spanish for “Flavors from the South”) is a Bay Area company specializing in catering for any event. Specialties include South American Empanadas and Alfajores.

Chef-owned and oper­ated, Sabores del Sur uses only the fresh­est ingre­di­ents in all of our recipes. We emphasize organic, free trade and locally grown products. We take great pride in ensur­ing each dish is “made with love”—a philos­phy Chef Guisell H. Oso­rio inher­ited while cook­ing side by side with her grand­mother dur­ing her child­hood in Chile.


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Buon Vino Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek

1545 Locust St, Walnut Creek

The long anticipated wine tasting room Buon Vino opened in downtown Walnut Creek yesterday and right now they’re offering a selection of eight different Napa and Sonoma wines (six ounces for $10) for their grand opening. Those six ounces can be split any way so you could try three two ounce wines, or one six ounce glass of wine. You can buy bottles of wine there and no bottle is over $20.

Check out the choices below:

There are standing areas around the front of the store and in the back there is a gigantic table that’s available for hourly rentals that includes a couple of bottles of wine, and there’s a TV as well so according to the owner if you’re looking for a place to host a Bachelor/Bachelorette viewing party look no farther.


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