1511 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek
Last year I wrote about possibly the most amazing part of downtown Walnut Creek, the secret koi garden behind Va de Vi on Mt. Diablo Blvd, and now the restaurant has a new, smaller koi pond similar to the koi pond next to Sasa on N. Main St. Also note the wine barrel menu display, looks great.
If you haven’t been to the koi pond in back you need to go, it’s incredible! The koi are HUGE and it’s very serene back there. While we were watching the koi swim around, numerous people wandered by and were amazed by what they saw.
Photo by Flickr user Vegan Feast Catering
Yesterday I noted that Jalisco Gourmet Burrito closed in Walnut Creek which got me thinking about Mexican restaurants. El Jarro is a favorite of mine in Lafayette, Orinda has Maya and Barbacoa, and Walnut Creek has Taqueria Mexican Grill and Maria Maria. So for today’s Friday Question of the Day, what is your favorite Mexican restaurant?
Nob Hill shopping center
Thanks to a reader for sending word that Jalisco Gourmet Burritos has closed in the Nob Hill shopping center in Walnut Creek at the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Oak Grove Rd. Anyone ever eat here? How would you rate it?
Now that’s a well-taped broken window, hope it gets fixed soon.
1519 N. Main St, Walnut Creek
Back in July I noted that Lafayette-based Oyama Sushi was coming to Walnut Creek and it looks like the opening is not far away as the inside looks almost finished judging from the below photo.
531 Hartz Ave, Danville
China Paradise has been closed for several months on Hartz Ave in downtown Danville but a recent sign in the window indicates that a new restaurant called Vo’s on Hartz will be opening up in this spot. Stay tuned…
2280 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek
Back in September I noted that the Dublin based bakery and restaurant Denica’s would be opening a Walnut Creek location (in the Nob Hill shopping center) and they are now open (h/t Patch). Check out their menu here. This looks like a good place for brunch, anyone go yet? What do you recommend? When I dropped by they had various sample trays with cookies above the pastry counter. They also offer fruit-infused water which is a nice touch.
Check out the pastry counter:
65 Moraga Way, Orinda
Located next to Peet’s Coffee on Moraga Way in downtown Orinda, the space formerly occupied by Trattoria Lupetti will reopen as FUSCION Restaurant in November 2013 according to a sign above the doorway. The only thing I can find about this restaurant is in the sign itself, “Fine Dining”. Anyone know what kind of restaurant this will be? Thanks to a reader for sending in this tip.
1616 N. Main St, Walnut Creek
The building where the Chinese restaurant OI-C Bowl is located in downtown Walnut Creek apparently has a problem with the section above the awning in front and because of city regulations a bunch of upgrades will need to be made. OI-C Bowl will remain open during the remodel but the parking lot next to it will be closed until December.
1518 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek
Back in May I noted that the Japanese restaurant Fujian was closing in downtown Walnut Creek on Bonanza St, to be replaced by an Indian restaurant called Kanishka’s and door signage is now up with a planned Fall opening. However, take a look at the photo below and you’ll notice a red notice which is a stop order from the city, hopefully it’s not delayed too long. They are currently looking for a head chef on Craigslist here.
From their Facebook page:
Kanishka’s brings a hi-energy socializing Gastropub experience over Global Fusion mashup, Neo-Indian small plates seductively paired w microbrews n wines.