1606 N. Main St, Walnut Creek
Concord-based La Sen Bistro, featuring French-Vietnamese cuisine, is opening a new location in downtown Walnut Creek where Ottavio used to be and are expecting to open in mid-April. Check out their menu here. I look forward to trying this place out; has anyone been to their Concord location?
From their website:
In the Vietnamese language, La Sen means “lotus leaves,” but it also represents a deeper meaning. We aim to encompass a type of French cooking that has no defined borders and seamlessly marries influences of the French, the Vietnamese, and the diversity of the Bay Area. Our philosophy is quite simple: Cooking comes from the intuition, imagination, and passion for good food.
1385 N. Main St, Walnut Creek
The Candy Counter closed last spring in downtown Walnut Creek and now word on the street is that the boba tea cafe T4 Tea for U is opening a second Walnut Creek location after Ygnacio Plaza. If this turns out to happen that means downtown Walnut Creek will be home to four boba tea cafes after i-Tea opens. This would exceed the number of downtown ice cream spots: Lottie’s Creamery, CREAM, and San Francisco Creamery although Godiva and Kara’s Cupcakes offer soft serve ice cream.
1550 Olympic Blvd, Walnut Creek
Thanks to everyone for sending word that the Korean-Japanese restaurant KoJa Kitchen is opening in downtown Walnut Creek where Citra Grill used to be. Check out their menu here. They also have a food truck, has anyone been?
From their Facebook page:
The name “KoJa”, a shorthand for Korean-Japanese, was born from our founders’ desire to reinvent the way that Korean and Japanese cuisine is traditionally prepared and to create a unique Asian fusion concept that is both fun and delicious. From the get-go, KoJa Kitchen took the San Francisco foodie scene by storm with our signature creation, a burger made with garlic-flavored rice buns and meats seasoned with KoJa Kitchen’s unique sauce No. 96™. With growing popularity, we opened our first brick and mortar restaurant in 2014.
Orchards Shopping Center, Walnut Creek
Last December we learned that the Sacramento-based “urban cafeteria” Jack’s Urban Plates would be coming to the Orchards shopping Center in Walnut Creek and they have now opened. Check out their menu here and their Walnut Creek Facebook page here.
Photo from True Food Kitchen
Valentine’s Day Beverage Menu:
At True Food Kitchen, guests can celebrate with their loved ones this Valentine’s Day and feel great too! True Food Kitchen has created a delicious cocktail menu offered exclusively from February 10-14, 2017 and made with ingredients that support the anti-inflammatory diet. Menu highlights include: Hot In The Dark made with lime, ixá organic tequila, jalapeño, pomegranate or they Bow & Eros made with ginger honey, lime, pineapple, and spiced rum. For those not looking to imbibe, they can enjoy a Valentine’s Day inspired mocktail Love-A-Pear made with grapefruit, yuzu, and honey.
The full cocktail menu includes:
- Hot In The Dark lime, ixá organic tequila, jalapeño,pomegranate
Bow & Eros ginger honey, lime, pineapple, spiced rum
- War Of The Roses rose petal, lime, pomegranate infused vodka, prosecco
- Love-A-Pear lemon, honey, pear & vanilla infused bourbon
- Red Moon (mocktail) grapefruit, yuzu, honey
1991 Monument Blvd, Concord
Thanks to a reader for sending word (and the below photo) that a new dessert spot called Fresca Paleteria Y Neveria has opened in the FoodMaxx Plaza in Concord at the corner of Monument Blvd. and Meadow Ln. They offer ice cream, crepes, the Mexican fruit drink mangonada and more.
1245 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek
Not so long ago downtown Walnut Creek was lacking in the boba tea department but now that i-Tea will be taking over where Gelateria Naia used to be in the Broadway Pointe plaza across from Broadway Plaza, downtown Walnut Creek will now have three boba tea cafes. Both Mr. Green Bubble and Chalogy opened late last year on Locust St. Check out the i-Tea menu here. In case you were wondering, yes, they do offer popping boba.
Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center
Fat Maddie’s Barrelhouse & Bistro is coming to the Downtown Pleasant Hill shopping center where they will occupy a prime spot at the clocktower where the clothing store Atlas & Athena and Pasta Pomodoro used to be. The owner is the same one as Fat Maddie’s Grille in San Ramon. Check out their menu here. I look forward to trying this place out!
From the Fat Maddie’s Grille website:
Named for our family’s favorite goat, FAT MADDIE’S rustic menu incorporates local, sustainable, and organic ingredients. The family is committed to serving only free-range and antibiotic free chicken as well as hormone and antibiotic free beef. FAT MADDIE’S eggs come from chickens on the family’s personal working farm and food waste is recycled to pigs on a neighboring ranch. As for the goat cheese, let’s just say that Maddie has her sources.
405 Railroad Ave, Danville
The restaurant Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches that we learned last year would be opening in Danville is opening tomorrow, February 7th where La Boulange Cafe used to be. They will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner featuring sandwiches, salads, grain bowls and soups. Check out their menu here. Interestingly, they have a 2 acre organic farm in Discovery Bay to provide some of the seasonal produce which sounds like a great idea, can’t wait to try this place out!
From a PR:
Homegrown Sprouting Farms – Discovery Bay will be a two acre, certified organic farm providing hyper local and seasonal produce for all the soups, salads, bowls and sandwiches in stores, making Homegrown truly a farm to sandwich endeavor. In Seattle, Homegrown also runs a farm located 30 minutes away from its flagship location that provides seasonal produce for its 10 other Washington State locations; it also serves as an educational tool for employees to find out where their food actually comes from.
Homegrown is excited to have partnered with First Generation Farmers (FGF) to get their farm started. FGF is a non-profit organization dedicated to education about farming and sustainable food and agriculture in the Bay Area.