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Sweetwaters Cafe Opening at Lyric in Downtown Walnut Creek

Lyric, Walnut Creek

Michigan-based Sweetwaters Cafe is opening their first California location right in downtown Walnut Creek at the new Lyric complex on Bonanza St, a couple of stores down from Drybar, which opened recently. Check out their menu here. They feature a variety of coffees and teas such as French Vietnamese Au Lait and Cocoa Cappuccino and teas like Winter Blossom and Japanese Sencha. They also offer frozen drinks, shakes and pastries, desserts as well as lighter fare such as quiche, sandwiches and salads. Interestingly, it looks like the boba craze must have not hit Michigan as I don’t see any mention of boba drinks!

From their website:

Wei and Lisa Bee founded the first Sweetwaters in 1993 in downtown Ann Arbor near their alma mater, The University of Michigan. Inspired by their love of food and drink and driven by their creativity, Sweetwaters was conceived and brought to life. The marvelous result: a coffeehouse that celebrates classic café fare alongside globally influenced coffees and teas in an environment that is both classic and friendly—just like Wei and Lisa.


11th TIGER Thai Street Cafe Opens in Danville

171 Hartz Ave, Danville

An interesting new restaurant called 11th Tiger, featuring Thai style street food opened recently in Danville where Lotsa Pasta used to be. They have a couple of tables out front and have beer on tap. Check out their lunch menu here and other menus here, here and here.

From their menu:

11th TIGER, we serve the authentic taste of Thai Style Street Food that creatively mixture in different cultures such as North, Northeastern, Central and Southern parts of Thailand. Every dish is perfect blend of flavors-salty, sweet, sour, bitter and spicy which combines all five tastes as original. We focus on our exotic recipes with best Thai ingredients in each category and cooked by organic products for simplicity taste with healthy. We welcome you to try our dishes and taste the difference. Enjoy your meals!

Check out more photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading


Lettuce Restaurant & Catering Expands in Downtown Walnut Creek

1632 Locust Street, Walnut Creek

In the spring we learned that the popular downtown Walnut Creek restaurant Lettuce would be expanding next door where Pro Home Systems used to be and they are getting close to opening although interestingly the signage says, “Tossed Catering”. Check out their menu, which also includes sandwiches,  pasta and soups here. Earlier this week we learned that Baygreens Gourmet Salad is opening on Mt. Diablo Blvd. a few blocks away.

From their website:

We serve delicious sandwiches, fresh salads, yummy soups, authentic Italian pasta, and daily specials made with the finest quality ingredients from local farms and ranches brought to you by friends of the farmers. Our salads, 16 different homemade dressings, and soups are gluten-free. Our meat, vegetarian, and vegan sandwiches are made with Acme breads.


Baygreens Gourmet Salads Coming to Downtown Walnut Creek

1653 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

Home of Chicken and Waffles closed last month in downtown Walnut Creek and according to Diablo Dish, Oakland-based Baygreens Gourmet Salads will be opening in this spot possibly in early 2018. Check out their menu here.

From their website:

A healthy life begins with the food you eat. At baygreens gourmet salads, we know how important this is. Inspired by farmer’s market sensible dishes, we aim to fuel your dining experience with nutrient dense foods to keep your body and mind healthy.

We are committed to using only natural and organic produces and meats whenever possible. All of our dishes are prepared with the finest ingredients sourced from local farmers, and are made fresh to order on a daily basis. Feeling hungry yet? Take a look at our delicious and healthy selection!


Barranco Opening this Friday, Sept 15th in Lafayette

3596 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

The Peruvian restaurant Barranco is opening this Friday, September 15th in Lafayette perfectly timed for the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival over the weekend. With numerous restaurants by the same owner around the Bay Area, including Parada in Walnut Creek, I expect this will be a smooth opening that will feature, “ceviches, empanadas, seafood, paella and more!”

Check out more photos including the outdoor patio after the jump… Continue Reading


Hello Kitty Cafe at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek Sept 9th

Via Facebook

This is for all you Hello Kitty fans! The Hello Kitty Cafe truck is making an appearance in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek this Saturday, September 9th:

Hello Walnut Creek! The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is coming to Broadway Plaza on Saturday 9/9! Come say hello to us between 10am-8pm in the Event Plaza near Macy’s and pick up some supercute treats, while supplies last! See you there!


Pacific Catch Opening December in Downtown Walnut Creek

Agora at South Main, Walnut Creek

In April we learned that the seafood restaurant Pacific Catch would be coming to Agora at South Main across from Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek and the coming soon signage is up with a planned December opening. Check out their menu which features items like poke, sushi, fish & chips, salads, and sandwiches and more here.


Poke Roll Opens in Magnolia Square Shopping Center in San Ramon

Magnolia Square Shopping Center, San Ramon

A new poke restaurant called Poke Roll opened recently in the Magnolia Square Shopping Center in San Ramon. A sign mentions that from September 6th – 8th you can get a free macaron ice cream when you buy a poke bowl or roll. Check out their menu here.

From their website:

Poke Roll take on Hawaii’s raw fish salad marries traditional Japanese ingredients with its iconic island flavors. Every poke bowl and sushi burrito is made to order right before your eyes with highest quality produce, fresh sushi grade fish, and chef crafted specialty sauces.