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Walnut Creek Magazine


May 09, 2016 03:44PM ● By Pam Kessler

LEMONDADE/BROADWAY PLAZA Part of an LA-based chain known for seasonal, California-style food, menus include salads, sandwiches, braised meats like pot roast, and mac n cheese served in a cafeteria-like setting. Lemonade joins the “quality casual” movement currently populating the Bay Area.

SAUCED/LOCUST STREET In the massive 8,231-square- foot former Pyramid Brewery restaurant, Sauced is likely to be a great place to eat if you like barbecue. Baby backs, chicken, pulled pork and brisquet come out of the pit with sides of cheesy cornbread fritters and glazed Brussel sprouts.

KONA GRILL/THE AGORA ON MAIN The Texas-based chain, described as the “PF Chang’s of Sushi,” features contemporary American favorites like burgers and pasta, but focuses on creating fresh sushi combinations and specialty cocktails served in an upscale casual atmosphere. 

 MOD PIZZA/AT THE ORCHARDS Another member of the fast casual chain movement, MOD pulls it off better than most with its “made on demand” pies, firing thin-crusts with up to ten toppings in 800 degree ovens. Any number of toppings you choose, cost the same satisfying price. 

MOMO’S/BONANZA STREET Making its way through the tunnel, Momo’s is rumored to be opening in the former McCovey’s location. We are most intrigued by the brunch menu featuring bottomless mimosas and Benedict. Small plates of ahi tartar, rock shrimp scampi and crispy calamari round it out. 

GOTT’S ROADSIDE/MAIN STREET Festive and familial, Gott’s is a star attraction for Walnut Creek. Famous for juicy burgers, ahi poke tacos and thick milkshakes, foodies come from miles around to eat at their iconic St. Helena and Ferry Building spots. Last we heard, opening date in the WC is 2017.

THE ROOFTOP / MT. DIABLO This highly-anticipated open air restaurant with lounge seating and stunning views is expected to open any day now with a New American menu created by Chef Justine Kelly from SF’s Slanted Door. Sneak peek dishes included braised short ribs, Niman Ranch ribeye and banana leaf wrapped cod.

SLICE HOUSE/ MT. DIABLO San Francisco pizza superstar Tony Gemignani is opening his first East Bay outpost dishing up slices of American, Italian, Sicilian and Neapolitan pizzas artfully made with artisan
flours, an array of authentic sauces, and seasonal ingredients.

HOPS & SCOTCH/ AVALON ON TREAT Details are limited but an alcohol license is pending for a new restaurant and bar with East Coast origins. Keeping current with the comfort food rage, mac n cheese and chicken strips are on the menu, but so are fried cheese curds and a southern scotch egg.

BRODERICK ROADHOUSE/BONANZA STREET The Hubcaps team kicks it up a notch in a new partnership with restauranteur Chris Jarosz who is bringing his menu of Banh mi topped fries, bleu bacon Niman Ranch burgers and jumbo buffalo chicken wings to the Creek. Expected to open early May.

And there’s more…A vacant space on Locust Street will soon be transformed in two new restaurants: Limon Rotisserie and Lokanta Mediterranean Grill & Bar.