1245 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek
Downtown Walnut Creek is getting its third boba tea shop as iTea is planning to open sometime this week, possibly as early as Tuesday. A couple of blocks away are the other two, Chalogy and Mr. Green Bubble. Note the tea kettles in the bottom photo, which should make for fresh tasting boba tea made with loose-leaf tea. I look forward to trying this place out! They will be open until 11:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 9:30pm every other day. According to this menu, you can adjust both the sweetness and ice cubes 0%, 30%, 50%, 80% and standard. I will try 0% sweetness, 30% ice cubes, with sweetness provided by popping boba. Is there any reason not to get 30% ice cubes? Otherwise it’s like paying for ice with a little bit of drink. I hate drinks filled to the brim with ice!
1632 N. Main St, Walnut Creek
The Persian bakery Haleh Pastry opened last year in downtown Walnut Creek but everytime I walk by lately they have been closed. I see a Conditional Pass sign in the window from the health department. Has anyone seen them open?
1819 Colfax St, Concord
The restaurant La Fritanguera Nicaraguan Cuisine, currently catering at Nica Lounge in Concord is opening a new restaurant a few blocks away. Check out their current menu here. “Influenced by Spanish and Caribbean cuisine” sounds intriguing, I look forward to checking this place out!
From their website:
We are driven to bring the first Nicaraguan food experience to the East Bay.
Sorry, No Burritos!
La Fritanguera offers traditional vibrant and mouthwatering combination plates. Our well balanced dishes include a blend of sweet, tangy and savory flavors that will cater to our diverse communities.
Nicaraguan food includes a mixture of native indigenous “Miskito” culture, which is also, greatly influenced by Spanish and Caribbean cuisine. These are flavors we want the East Bay to experience and devour.
Plaza Escuela, Walnut Creek
In March we learned that Pizza My Heart would be opening sometime in April in Plaza Escuela (where Project Pie used to be) in downtown Walnut Creek and they have now opened. Curiously, a video on their Facebook page shows a spinning booth. Check that out here and their menu here.
1627 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek
Salvatore Ristorante closed last summer in downtown Walnut Creek and its replacement, Benvenuti reopened earlier this week. Check out this Diablo Dish First Bite review where they point out that the “menu is taking a more seasonal direction”. Check for updates on their Facebook page here.
Danville Town & Country
The sandwich shop Togo’s closed recently in the Danville Town & Country shopping center. Next door we’re still waiting for Round Table Pizza to open.
Last year we learned that the Seattle-based restaurant Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches would be opening in Lafayette where La Boulange Cafe used to be and they have now opened. Check out their menu here. I had an opportunity to try their Grass-Fed Steak & Bleu cheese sandwich, made with grass-fed tri-tip steak, pt. reyes farmstead bleu, caramelized onions, roasted garlic aioli & greens To me the pungent blue cheese really pulled everything together which made for one tasty sandwich. With their organic farm located in nearby Discovery Bay and a focus on fresh, seasonal cuisine, I look forward to trying out other salads, soups and sandwiches as summer approaches!
Plenty more photos including the steak sandwich after the jump…
7011 Sunne Ln, Walnut Creek
From the owners of the food truck Tonli Dumpling House, a new restaurant called Tonli Kitchen is planning on opening right across from the Pleasant Hill BART station on the border of Walnut Creek at the Avalon apartment complex. To get an idea of what they offer check out the Tonli Dumpling menu here. Follow them on Twitter here.
From the Roaming Hunger website:
Tonli Dumpling brings you classic Japanese street food. Authentic Japanese flavor thrives in dumplings, gyoza, ramen and Japanese curry. You’ll be saying Arigatō after you try Tonli Dumpling!
337 Rheem Blvd, Moraga
The cafe restaurant home/made kitchen opened a few years ago in Moraga but recently rumors have been spreading about how they are planning to close. I checked and although there were issues several months ago they have been resolved and they plan on staying open for breakfast, lunch and special event dinners. Check out their website here and Facebook page here.
1275 S. Main St, Walnut Creek
Last February we learned that Napa-based Gott’s Roadside would be coming to downtown Walnut Creek where Fresh Choice used to be and there is finally progress on the rebuilding as you can see in the photo below. The inside has been completely demolished. Check out their spring menu here.