1633 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek
Last year I noted the opening and closing of Cafecitos Cafe in downtown Walnut Creek and they are now open for business again! Yesterday I noted another Latin American cafe Sabores del Sur that will be opening soon so I see a trend forming with Latin American cuisine.
With the reopening they also plan to offer beer and wine for sale. You can see the preliminary menu below. Note that the Lomo Saltado sandwich is still available.
Check out the inside:
3003 Oak Rd, Walnut Creek
Thanks to a reader for sending word that a new South American bakery cafe called Sabores del Sur is opening soon in the PMI Plaza near the Pleasant Hill BART station in Walnut Creek. They currently are a catering company and their products are sold in Whole Foods, the SF Ferry building and elsewhere and apparently their alfajores cookies are quite delicious. Check out more details and photos at their Indiegogo page here:
Now, almost ten years later . . . Sabores del Sur supplies products to 21 Bay Area Whole Foods Markets and 56 other high-end restaurants and markets. We sell our products at the SF Ferry Building and the Alemany and San Ramon Farmers markets. Sabores del Sur, LLC is also an experienced caterer and is capable of doing events from small parties to large weddings.
My cookies (called “alfajores”) have won the hearts and minds of many in and out of the “foodie” community. Professional food reviewers such as Diablo Magazine described my cookies as “Little Bites of Heaven”; and 7 X 7 Magazine crowned them “The Best Cookie on Earth”. It was also #2 on the list of “50 Things to Indulge Yourself Before You Die” (7 X 7 Magazine).
From their website:
I am Guisell Osorio, the owner and chef of Sabores del Sur (Flavors from the South), a rapidly growing food and catering company (founded in 2004). Cooking is my passion, and bringing people together over delicious food has always filled my heart with joy.
Since I was a child cooking next to my grandmother in a small country-kitchen in Chile, I dreamed of sharing her incredible recipes with the rest of the world. It occurred to me even at that young age, the best way to do this would be to have my own restaurant . . . one that would make my “abuelita” (grandma) proud.
Check for updates at their Facebook page here. This looks like a great addition to the Pleasant Hill BART area!
The inside so far:
Check out the menu and another sign after the jump…. Continue reading
Thanks to everyone who let me know that Boudin Bakery & Cafe has closed in Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek on Wednesday. The yummy sandwiches and reasonable prices made this a favorite place to get a bite to eat. Having read the goodbye sign it looks like they’re trying to return to Broadway Plaza when it reopens in ‘late 2015′.
I’ll let a Boudin fan who wrote in have the last word:
Sadly, Boudin Bakery Cafe has closed due to the Broadway Plaza redevelopment. This store generously donated unsold food for many years to St. Vincent de Paul at St. Mary’s church in WC, and helped many people. Now, because Broadway Plaza has forced out many longtime tenants in order to “redevelop,” the restaurant had to close, as an alternate space apparently was not to be found. Many thanks to the fine folks at Boudin for their generosity over the years! Boudin represents an organization that clearly has the greater good in mind.
1518 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek
The eagerly anticipated Indian gastropub Kanishka’s has opened in downtown Walnut Creek on Bonanza St. where Fujian used to be and it looks great inside. Check out their dinner menu here, brunch menu here and beer and wine list here. For those who have had a chance to try this place, what are your favorite dishes?
More photos of the inside after the jump… Continue reading
Palos Verdes Mall, Walnut Creek
Thanks to a reader for sending word that Chopin Café & Polish Restaurant has closed in the Palos Verdes Mall in Walnut Creek. This was their lunch and dinner menu. I would have liked to check this place out. Any recommended Polish restaurants nearby?
3545 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
We know Smitten Ice Cream has been coming to downtown Lafayette for a while now, and now there is a coming soon sign in the window to prove it. Check out their menu here. Now that Roam Artisan Burgers is open around the corner I think I’ll be hanging out in Lafayette more often.
Valentine’s Day at Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar:
Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar
1961 Diamond Blvd, Concord
Friday, February 14th – Monday, February 17th, 2014
Sparkling Strawberry Sangria featuring Freixenet sparkling wine, fresh strawberries, orange, lemon and lime
Shrimp & Blue Crab Ravioli with champagne citrus cream sauce, tomatoes, romano cheese and micro mirepoix greens
Dijon Mint-crusted Rack of Lamb with roasted red pepper polenta cakes, ratatouille and marsala sauce
Homemade Strawberry Cheesecake Jar with graham cracker crumble and fresh strawberry compote
2211 N. Main St, Walnut Creek
A new food truck market called TheBEND is opening in Walnut Creek where the former French restaurant Le Virage used to be on N. Main St. in Walnut Creek. If you drove by before the building burned down back last August, you would have undoubtedly noticed the amazing murals that graced the walls.
The eight food trucks at TheBend will be open for lunch and dinner every day except Sunday from 11am – 2pm and 5pm – 9pm. Check out the food truck schedule here. Follow them on Twitter here. Which food truck do you recommend trying? More information is available at Diablo Dish and a Contra Costa Times article is available here.
Here are some of the food trucks that will be there:
Saturday, March 1st
(1) Me So Hungry
(2) Tutto Bene Gelateria
(1) Blue Saigon
(2) Me So Hungry
(4) Tutto Bene Gelateria
(5) Yummi BBQ
Monday, March 3rd
(1) United Bites
(2) Twister Truck
Tuesday, March 4th
(1) Kasa Indian
(2) Blue Saigon
(1) Blue Saigon
(2) Moonstruck Pizza
1663 N. California Blvd, Walnut Creek
Back in November I noted that Starbucks was trying to get city approval for a new cafe in the Mercer apartment complex on N. California Blvd. in downtown Walnut Creek and now the Coming Soon sign is visible in the window so it won’t be long now! This is right next to the lobby of the Mercer apartments so I imagine residents will be quite pleased a coffee shop is opening here.
Thanks to a reader for sending word that construction on the long delayed Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in the Sprouts Shopping Center in Walnut Creek has finally begun. I can’t wait to try this out!