3555 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
I walked by the Chinese restaurant The Tasteful Noodle the other day in Lafayette and noticed a “Placard Pending” sign in the window from the county health division calling the restaurant “Poke Go”. That combined with the curtains in the window may point to a new poke restaurant coming to Lafayette? With Hawaiian-style poke restaurants popping up left and right around here I wouldn’t be surprised.
Orinda Theatre Square
Last month Table 24 closed in Orinda Theatre Square and the replacement Wild Magnolia, featuring seasonal, sustainable, small plates is now open. Check out their menu here and special New Year’s Eve menu here.
I’ve had my fair share of boba tea drinks around town, with the little tapioca balls sitting at the bottom waiting to be sucked up so when it came to try a boba drink at the new Chalogy cafe in downtown Walnut Creek I was ready. This time I tried a popping boba drink where the little tapioca balls contain strawberry, lychee or mango flavoring that pops in your mouth. What a great idea! Since I’m not a fan of overly sweet drinks the next time I order I’m planning on ordering a drink with no sweetener other than the popping boba. That should provide just the right amount of sweetness. Have you ever tried a popping boba drink? Where else can you get them?
Orchards Shopping Center, Walnut Creek
Burger Lounge, the Southern California-based restaurant that we learned would be coming to the Orchards Shoppng Center in Walnut Creek over the summer now has signage posted with a mid-February opening date. Check out their menu here. Thanks to a reader for sending word and photo.
Pleasant Hill Shopping Center
In September we learned that Starbucks opened in the Pleasant Hill Shopping Center across from HomeGoods and next door Chipotle is now open as well. Check out their menu here.
Rheem Valley Shopping Center, Moraga
Lamorinda Pizza is opening a second location in Alamo early next year. Check for updates on their Facebook page here. Maybe the “a” at the end of Lamorinda can represent Alamo?
1524 Locust St, Walnut Creek
In March we learned that the Peruvian restaurant Limon Rotisserie would be coming to downtown Walnut Creek and although the opening has been delayed the Coming Soon signage is up and they are expected to open early 2017 according to their web site. Check out their menus here. I can’t wait to try their rotisserie chicken and hope this will be the best rotisserie chicken I have ever eaten.
2905 N. Main St, Walnut Creek
Forever Yogurt + Bee & Tea, which we learned would be opening this summer is now open at the corner of N. Main St. and Geary Rd. in Walnut Creek. Check out Forever Yogurt’s flavors here. You can order from Bea & Tea online here. Has anyone tried a bao bun here? How is it? I see they also carry acai bowls, nice!
Danville Hotel Town Center
Pressed Juicery which opened last year in downtown Walnut Creek will also be opening in the new Danville Hotel Town Center on Railroad Ave. Check out their menu here.
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.