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Slice House Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek, Patio Coming Soon

1800 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

Great news as San Francisco-based pizzeria Slice House has opened in downtown Walnut Creek and is the final spot to open in the development at the corner of Mt Diablo Blvd. and Main St. Check out their Walnut Creek menu here. Seating is fairly limited but the good news is that a new patio will be opening soon in part of the parking lot next door.

As a discerning pizza fanatic from NY, I take my pizza seriously and this is definitely the real deal. I pay particular attention to the crust and the Slice House crust was superb. I’ve also noticed pizza around here tends to be lacking in tomato sauce and as you can see in the photo of the pizza after the jump, these slices have the perfect combination of cheese to tomato sauce. It hit all the right notes and I’m glad there is now a spot to grab a real slice in downtown Walnut Creek.


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Broderick Opens Today in Downtown Walnut Creek

1548 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek

The Sacramento-based restaurant Broderick Roadhouse is opening today in downtown Walnut Creek where the popular diner Hubcaps used to be. According to their Facebook page they even have a small section of hubcaps hanging on the wall which is a great idea. Check out the Walnut Creek menu here (scroll down). The photos of the inside below show a completely updated and new look with bar serving alcoholic drinks.

From their website:

Broderick Walnut Creek is located in the heart of Downtown Walnut Creek, in the space formerly occupied by a historic eatery, Hubcap’s Diner. The new location features an over-the-top design and build out, featuring elements of Walnut Creek’s history and artwork by Sacramento artist, Shaun Burner. Broderick Walnut Creek is set to be the area’s destination location for scratch made comfort food, craft beer and cocktails! Brunch is served on Saturdays & Sundays.




Another Restaurant Opening near new Pleasant Hill BART called En Route

7001 Sunne Ln, Walnut Creek

Thanks to a reader for sending word (and photo) about a new restaurant opening at the Avalon apartment complex located near the Pleasant Hill BART station in Walnut Creek. It will be called En Route and is set to open right across from the Peruvian restaurant Parada. The other restaurant will be opening down the block next to where Zoom Room used to be and will be called Hops & Scotch. Stay tuned…


Sideboard Opens in Downtown Lafayette

3535 Plaza Way, Lafayette

The much anticipated opening of Danville-based comfort food restaurant Sideboard took place last week and over the weekend I dropped by to check it out and was happy to see that same casual charm their Danville location offers. I tried the skirt steak sandwich with chimichurri sauce. arugula and caramelized onions and it was delicious! I look forward to going back to try some more dishes out. Check out their morning menu here, lunch menu here, dinner menu here, and beverage menu here. Like their Danville location (and nearby Roam Burgers), you order directly at the cashier, get a tag and sit down where your food is delivered.

From their website:

Sideboard neighborhood kitchen and coffee bar is dedicated to creating handcrafted comfort food taking into account the season and availability of natural, local, organic, and sustainable ingredients whenever possible. All menu items and condiments are house made or sourced from purveyors who share our vision and passion in creating products which we believe to be the best available. Simply prepared, our rustic comfort food comes from the heart. Signature items will be available daily.


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Boudin Bakery & Cafe Reopening Soon in Broadway Plaza

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

It’s been over two years since Boudin Bakery & Cafe closed in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek due to the redevelopment taking place but they’ll be reopening in early summer in the spot you see above, right near Nordstrom. As you can see in the photo below and this Craigslist posting, they are “now hiring”. Who’s ready for some clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl?