Orchards Shopping Center, Walnut Creek
Jack’s Urban Eats (no relation to Jack’s in Pleasant Hill) is opening their first East Bay location in the Orchards shopping center where Safeway relocated to early next year according to a sign in the window. Check out their menu here and their Walnut Creek Facebook page here.
From their website:
Jacks is an urban cafeteria, serving award winning, farm fresh affordable meals in a hip and laidback atmosphere. The friendly and talented staff has been hand crafting salads, sandwiches, and plates since 1998 and is proudly recognized as an innovator of California’s farm-to-table movement.
Seasonal vegetables and fruits are paired with house-made dressings to create incredibly satisfying salads that have a cult-like following. Certified Angus Beef and fresh poultry are used to create inventive made-to-order sandwiches. Our signature carved meats and comfort food side plates pay homage to the traditional home cooked meal. Artisan breads are sourced locally and delivered daily from the finest bakeries using all-natural ingredients.
La Fiesta Square, Lafayette
A new bakery called La Chataigne has opened in La Fiesta Square in Lafayette where Cake used to be. According to Diablo Dish they plan on expanding “the menu to include both modern and traditional pastries.” The French style pastries will continue to be sold at the Martinez farmers market. I tried the morning bun you see below and the orange zest made this a real stand-out. One of the best morning buns I have ever eaten! I look forward to trying other pastries at this bakery. Yum!
1349 Locust St, Walnut Creek
The tea cafe Chalogy that we learned would be opening back in February in downtown Walnut Creek is planning to open tomorrow, Thursday, December 8th. In addition to hot and iced teas, including boba, they will also be featuring pan rolled ice cream with fresh fruit options, crepes, and of course, Cornology popcorn with flavors such as Jamaican Mojo and Truffle Parmesan. As you can see in the photo at bottom, teas are brewed fresh. I look forward to trying this place out!
1552 Locust St, Walnut Creek
Over the summer the Japanese restaurant Izakaya Jun closed in downtown Walnut Creek and now a new Japanese restaurant called Kurumi has opened in its place. They offer various sushi and sashimi dishes, yakitori, rice and noodle dishes including my favorite onigiri (grilled rice balls) with flavors like spicy cod roe, salmon, sour plum (umeboshi) and flaked tuna with mayo.
190 Hartz Ave, Danville
We learned in October that Vitality Bowls would be opening on Hartz Ave. in Danville where A Sweet Affair bakery used to be and they have now opened. Vitality Bowls features Acai bowls and also offers smoothies, paninis, salads and more. Check out their menu here.
The Orchards at Walnut Creek
In August we learned that Pancheros Mexican Grill would be coming to the new Orchards shopping center in Walnut Creek where Safeway relocated to and they are now open. Check out their menu here.
1321 Locust St, Walnut Creek
The popular downtown Walnut Creek coffee shop appropriately named, Coffee Shop, which opened just last year, is now sporting a public parklet in front with numerous tables to match what Peet’s has a few stores down. Interestingly, according to the parklet plan posted on the window, “ALL SEATING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC”.
According to a sign in their window Kanpai Poke should be opening today, “November 29th”. Check out their menu here and try a sushirrito!
370 Hartz Ave, Danville
In July we found out about a new ice cream shop called BlooGrape Organic Sworls would be opening in Danville on Hartz Ave. and the signage is now up and according to an online help wanted ad they are expected to open soon. Check out their story here.
2151 Salvio St, Concord
Back in August we learned that the Peruvian restaurant would be opening in Concord across the street from Todos Santos Plaza and they are now open. Check out their menu here.
How does this compare to Parada in Walnut Creek?