Category Archives: Dine in Pleasanton

Poke Takes Over Pleasanton

By Ryan Harding, Contributing Writer

Pleasanton is now the latest community to take part in a tropical trend that is sweeping the globe: poke. By the end of the summer, Pleasanton will be home to three poke shops dedicated to providing the newest staple in fast-casual dining, a Hawaiian dish with endless variations. Poke, pronounced “poh-kay,” is a raw fish salad that has been enjoyed by native Hawaiians since centuries before European explorers stepped foot on the islands. Originally, poke was served as an appetizer or snack made from leftover fish, but the dish underwent a transformation in the 1970s when it was first sold as a complete meal of fresh fish and seasonings in a takeaway bowl. Since then, poke has spread across the continental US and to metropolitan cities around the world, transforming to reflect the tastes of each location.

In the traditional Hawaiian style, poke is simply sliced raw fish (usually ahi tuna or salmon) topped with soy sauce, sesame oil, and green onions. In modern poke shops, the central proteins range from the traditional fishes to shrimp, octopus, and even tofu, all of which can be served over rice and paired with a variety of toppings like avocado, mushrooms, and chili peppers. The poke bowls served at Pleasanton’s three poke shops, Local Poke, North Shore Poke Co., and Prime Poke, can be customized to fit anyone’s taste, and are always full of vibrant and refreshing flavors.

Poke’s current rise to fame only began about five years ago when cities along the Pacific Coast started to see poke shops pop up by the dozens. Now, there are more than twenty specialized poke restaurants in the East Bay alone. Despite poke’s rapid and recent growth, Chai Lonh, manager of North Shore Poke Co., doesn’t see this culinary trend fading away anytime soon. “Poke is a really healthy alternative to all of those burgers, fries, and other fast foods,” explained Lonh, “People want something that tastes good and is good for them.” As Californians move toward more health-centric lifestyles, raw preparations and produce-filled dishes like poke continue to grow in demand. This poke craze isn’t coming out of the blue, but rather filling the need for more quick, easy, and healthy dining options in the Bay Area. It’s no wonder that Pleasanton has jumped on the poke bandwagon – now it’s just a matter of seeing where it leads.

Local Poke is located at 6700 Santa Rita Rd in the Trader Joe’s/Cort Plaza; North Shore Poke Co. opened recently on July 1 and is located at 6786 Bernal Ave #820 in the Pleasanton Gateway Shopping Center; and Prime Poke is located in Downtown Pleasanton at 349 Main St Suite 140 and currently having their soft opening.  Stop by one of these locations today and get your Poke fix!

Pleasanton Chick-fil-A Grand Opening 11/17/16

More than 70 adults are in line for Pleasanton Chick-fil-A Grand Opening tomorrow, Thursday 11/17/16.  This tradition goes back 13 years, called Chick-fil-A’s First 100 which has given out nearly $27 million in free food and is the chain’s signature grand opening event.  The prize is a digital offer card loaded with a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A meals (52 meals consisting of a Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, medium Waffle Potato Fries and a medium beverage) that will be awarded to the first 100 eligible adults over the age of 17 with ID in line when the doors open around 6 a.m. on Nov. 17.

Much anticipated, the newest Pleasanton Chick-fil-A location, located at Hopyard Road & 580, marks the first free-standing restaurant in the area and is part of the 104 locations opening across the country creating some 9,000 new jobs. The restaurant is a LEED certified building that efficiently uses water, conserves energy and uses sustainable building materials.  It also has a two-story interactive children’s play area and free Wi-Fi.  The 5,300 sq. ft. building has a dining room that seats 116 indoors and 40 outdoors.  As with all Chick-fil-A locations, it is closed on Sundays but open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.  The Pleasanton location is operated by Franchise Operator Aaron Clifford, a Bay Area native.  For more information on the Hopyard Road & 580 Chick-fil-A restaurant, visit www.chick-fil-a.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ChickfilaHopyardand580/.

Secret Somm is Returning January 2016!

This January, California Restaurant Month will celebrate its sixth anniversary with flavor-filled days featuring prix-fixe menus, wine-pairing specials, chef-led events and more at dining establishments across the state.

To celebrate California Restaurant month in the Tri-Valley, the mysterious Secret Somm will build on last year’s buzz by surprising random diners with gifts of local wine and a paid meal tab every weekend January 8-31.

Last year, the Secret Somm gifted more than 30 bottles of wine to restaurant patrons in five cities. These random acts of wine-kindness generated national attention from media outlets such as Good Morning America, Huffington Post, ABC, NBC and CBS News.

Things to know:

  1. Please keep Secret Somm’s identity anonymous
  2. Secret Somm will only visit places that serve wine produced in Livermore Valley. Bottles will be ordered from the restaurant’s existing wine list.
  3. Please share that Secret Somm has arrived at your establishment via social media with photos and/or video of the gift recipients
  4. Secret Somm always pays the bill (plus gratuity!), so no comps are requested
  5. Official hashtags: #secretsomm #secretsommca #visittrivalley

Spread the news, and follow the trail of good will-

Twitter: @SecretSommCA

Instagram: @SecretSomm

Facebook: www.facebook.com/visittrivalley/

Pleasanton Welcomes the Nation’s First USDA-Certified Organic Fast Food Restaurant

The first USDA-certified organic fast food restaurant in the country, The Organic Coup opened its’ doors in Pleasanton on November 10, 2015.  The eatery is located at 4825 Hopyard Road near the intersection of Hopyard and Stoneridge.  A great addition to the dining options in Pleasanton, The Organic Coup features it’s signature chicken sandwich, a spicy air chilled chicken breast fried in coconut oil with spicy shredded veggies on a toasted artisan bun.  All ingredients are organic and you can top the sandwich off with organic sauce choices: Mustard Vin, Spicy BBQ Ranch, Sesame Ginger or Ranch.  Other selections include a wrap and bowl.   Check out the menu HERE.

The Organic Coup, 4825 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, CA  94588, (925) 399-6719, www.theorganiccoup.com

Sabio on Main and McKay’s Reinvigorates Pleasanton’s Dining Scene

Two new Pleasanton restaurants are quickly making names for themselves and getting attention from foodies and food critics alike.  Sabio on Main and McKay’s Taphouse and Beer Garden were recently recognized in the 2015 Diablo Food Awards.  Sabio on Main’s chef Francis Hogan was recognized as Diablo’s 2015 Artist in the Kitchen.  Hogan partnered with entrepreneur Jim McDonnell and general manager Matt Clasen to open the Spanish-inspired restaurant.

Sabio on Main is receiving notice and nods outside of the Tri-Valley as well.  Check out the latest San Jose Mercury News Entertainment Review HERE.

McKay’s Taphouse and Beer Garden garnered Diablo’s 2015 Best Bang for your Buck honors with it’s European beer garden, the perfect setting to enjoy 16 local craft beers, 4 wines on tap and “pub food with a chef’s flair,” as described by Barbara McKay, owner along with husband Josh.   See Diablo’s full write-up on both new restaurants HERE

Sabio on Main, 501 Main St., Pleasanton, 925-800-3090, www.sabiopleasanton.com

McKay’s Tap House & Beer Garden, 252 Main St., Pleasanton, 925-425-0217, www.mckaysbeergarden.com