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Yalla Mediterranean Opens Today in Ygnacio Plaza in Walnut Creek

1813 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek

Yalla Mediterranean‘s second location (the first one is in Pleasant Hill) opens today in Walnut Creek in Ygnacio Plaza where Sports Basement is located. Last night I had the opportunity to check it out and it looks quite simlar to the one in Pleasant Hill with an herb wall and repurposed wood from an 1880’s farmhouse serving as paneling throughout. Check out their menu here. I usually go with the kefta (Turkish spiced ground beef and lamb) skewers but this time I went for the salmon (marinated in charmoula sauce and fresh herbs) skewers on a salad and it was delicious! The open-flame, rotisserie-style grill that cooks the protein right behind the order station really improves the overall taste. I also enjoyed the Greek eggplant, kale and beet and tabouli salad sides. Very fresh with just the right amount of spices. As you can see from the above photo there is an outdoor patio in front and to the left. There is also plenty of seating inside including a long communal table (not visible in the below photo).


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Rancho Cantina Opening Very Soon – Bar Preview

3616 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

The long anticipated Spanish, Mexican, and native Californian restaurant Rancho Cantina is set for a private soft-opening sometime next week. Featuring wood-fired Rancho cuisine, I was able to get a sneak peek of the restaurant which looks great and has a warm feeling throughout. The bar area is below. Check out their menu here.


Plenty of outdoor seating:


Coffee Shop Opening in Downtown Walnut Creek in April

1321 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Last month we learned that a new coffee shop, called, appropriately enough, Coffee Shop, will be opening in downtown Walnut Creek where Lift Lounge used to be and they are now planning for an April opening. According to their Facebook page they are now hiring. Check out their latest updates here.

From their website:

Located at 1321 Locust Street, in Downtown Walnut Creek. CS is a celebration of coffee creativity and an exploration into coffee roast styles from around the world. Whether you’re on the fritz and need a fix or if you are insanely coffee curious, we should have something for you.

Browsing their Instagram photos makes my mouth water, I can’t wait to check this out!



Mi Pi Pizza Opening Soon in Concord

2151 Salvio St, Concord

The pizza restaurant openings keep coming with the Chicago style pizza restaurant Mi Pi Pizza opening sometime this month in Concord across from Todos Santos Park. Check their Facebook page to see the signage which has gone up.

From their Facebook page:

Mi Pi Pizza is an authentic Chicago Restaurant capturing the flavors & atmosphere of Chicago. 4 Crusts including Deep Dish Pizza



Boca Pizzeria Coming to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Thanks to a reader for pointing out this SF Business Times article that mentioned Boca Pizzeria is planning on opening a third location in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek after the renovation is completed. Check out Boca’s lunch/dinner menu here. This will bring the total pizza restaurants near the Broadway Plaza area to three along with soon-to-open Project Pie and California Pizza Kitchen. Nice to see some new pizza options over there!

From their website:

Boca Pizzeria is an Italian inspired Pizzeria utilizing the abundance of Northern California’s seasonal ingredients, while showcasing local micro breweries and wine country’s boutique varietals. Boca Pizzeria has always been our little neighborhood gem we had in mind for years, where we can dine with our friends, family and loved ones.

Our pizzas are authentic Neapolitan style, which cooks for no more than 2 minutes in a 900 degree Italian wood burning oven, is made from double milled 00 Caputo flour. Our sauce is made of the finest San Marzano tomatoes imported from Italy. We make house-made mozzarella cheese daily.