Slurp Ramen, Shoot Pool at Fat Baguette Lounge

Whether you’re looking a bowl of ramen or a game of pool, you’ll find it at Fat Baguette Lounge. Part pool hall, part eatery, the new hotspot opened in September in Pleasant Hill. In the dining room, the menu focuses largely on authentic ramen noodle soup and specialty sandwiches. In the billiards area, patrons gather […]

Ring in 2019 at Jack’s Restaurant & Bar

Champagne, dancing, and a balloon drop are all integral parts of any worthwhile NYE bash, and New Year’s Eve 2019 at Jack’s Restaurant & Bar boasts all three. Round up a group of your friends and grab tickets online ($35) for the night of partying, which kicks off at 9 p.m. on December 31st. When […]

Sip an IPA at Mike Hess Brewing, Now Open in Walnut Creek

Sunlight pours through the massive windows at Mike Hess Brewing, illuminating the long high-topped tables and simple wooden bar. Just beyond those windows, cushy seats and cornhole boards fleck the patio. Since this new outpost of Mike Hess Brewing debuted in September, its warm and welcoming space has attracted beer enthusiasts from all over the […]

Downtown Pleasant Hill’s Light up the Night Celebration Returns Nov. 28

Go for a horse-drawn carriage ride, grab some free hot chocolate and cookies, and watch the holiday tree lighting at Light up the Night in Downtown Pleasant Hill. The annual festival has become a holiday tradition for many locals, and you’re welcome to make it one of your own this year. Just head downtown around […]

Shabuya Brings Japanese Hot Pot Cooking to Concord

Shabuya debuted a new approach to Japanese hot pot cooking (AKA shabu shabu) in October. Some things are the same, like the wide variety of flavorful broths and the hot plate at the center of each table, but the buffet-style ingredients bar at the heart of the restaurant is unique. The kitchen team stocks it with […]

Now Open Near The Boulevard: Heritage Eats Walnut Creek

Heritage Eats Walnut Creek unveiled its menu of creative, globally inspired fare in September. Thanks to its fast-casual approach to service, you can grab any of the gourmet wraps, sandwiches, or bowls quickly on your lunch break. Of course, if you want to sit down in the welcoming space and savor your meal, you’re welcome to […]

Forma Gym Turkey Trot: Break a Sweat While Giving Back

When you think of Thanksgiving, your mind probably jumps straight to turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. But there’s more to Thanksgiving than just the feast. Thanksgiving presents an opportunity to spend time with those you love and reflect on everything you have. It also serves as a chance to extend some of your gratitude […]

Now Open Near The Boulevard: Mangosteen Bistro

Plump shrimp mixed with sliced lotus stem, fresh mint, pickled daikon and carrots, cabbage, and red onion, all dressed with a house-made vinaigrette and embellished with crush peanuts and fried shallots. This is the lotus stem salad, or goi ngo sen tom, served at Mangosteen Bistro. It’s one of the unique Vietnamese comfort foods that […]

Order a Doughcream at Coco Swirl

Coco Swirl likes to offer its customers options, so it’s not strictly a frozen yogurt shop. Yes, you can fill a cup with your chosen yogurt and load on the toppings, but you can also step up to the counter and order a cone of traditional ice cream. The display case boasts an ever-changing roster of […]