It's 2019 and January is California Restaurant Month. Visit California
's annual month-long campaign aims to bring foodies to culinary destinations up and down the coast and throughout the state. Northern California restaurants continue to master the farm-to-table cuisine, including many new, local restaurants in Pleasanton. From well-established, white tablecloth dining spots to more casual cafes, Pleasanton has numerous offerings. With the opening of Pacific Pearl on the east end of Pleasanton, diners have several options to delight their Asian taste buds. Downtown Pleasanton continues to entice locals with Burmese dishes to Tex-Mex and some of the best burgers in town. Discover a new delicacy, or revisit an old favorite... there's a dining destination sure to please your palate!
Opened in 2018, come by these new, local dining treasures in Pleasanton:
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California Restaurant Month
occurs every January to feature the amazing menus offered by restaurants throughout the region. Whether you've frequented your favorite spot all year long or are interested in trying something new, the Tri-Valley is fortunate to have award-winning restaurants sure to satisfy your foodie cravings. It's not too late to take advantage of special menus and offers. Visit Tri-Valley gives a nod to California Restaurant Month with "Wine & Dine Tri-Valley
" where restaurants will waive corkage fees when patrons bring in their own bottle of Livermore Valley wine.
Dine out in Pleasanton this month at the following participating restaurants; special corkage fee waived at locations denoted with *:
- Ascona Pizza Company
- Baci Bistro and Bar
- Barone's Restaurant
- Blue Agave Club
- Chianti Reserve
- Eddie Papa's American Hangout*
- Faz Pleasanton
- Gay Nineties Pizza Co.
- McKay's Taphouse & Beer Garden*
- Nic's Wood Fired Pizza*
- Nonni's Bistro
- Oasis Grille
- Pasta's Trattoria
- Sabio on Main
- The Hop Yard American Alehouse & Grill
For more Pleasanton restaurants, check out the 2018 Pleasanton Winter Dining Guide
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By Ryan Harding, Contributing Writer
If you’ve spent any time walking along Main Street since March, it’s very likely that you’ve seen a long line stretching from Downtown Pleasanton’s go-to stop for a sweet treat: Icicles
. The unique dessert shop located on Division Street has enthralled locals with its selection of exciting and delectable ice cream bowls and ice cream tacos, but this isn’t your average scoop. Icicles only serves rolled ice cream.
The inspiration for Icicles came from founders Lit Leong and Lynda Huynh who saw street vendors in Bangkok crafting fresh rolled ice cream on frozen pans. They brought the idea back to the US to open the very first Icicles store in San Jose in 2016 where the dessert rocketed into popularity, leading to new stores in Cupertino, Newark, San Mateo, and our very own Pleasanton. The Instagram-worthy dishes are made from a simple base of cream, milk, eggs, and sugar, which is mixed with additional ingredients like fruit, cereal, and cookies depending on which of the fourteen flavors is chosen. The base is spread onto an ice-cold pan until it has frozen and then rolled up into seven spirals that are carefully fit into a bowl. From there, the ice cream can be topped with a variety of drizzles and an unlimited amount of the over fifteen tasty toppings that range from roasted marshmallows to bananas and mochi bits. The Icicles staff says that Oreo Blast and Strawberry Fantasy are the current most popular flavors offered, but that choosing less toppings is the best way to fully enjoy the smooth texture and bold flavors of the ice creams themselves.
Since its opening, Icicles has attracted a wide variety of fans. “Icicles is definitely well-loved by everyone, from young children to seniors,” Icicles employee Sem Leong shared. The store, which is particularly popular with students from Amador Valley High School and Pleasanton Middle School who can walk over after classes, is busiest in the evening until closing and on weekends. Sem explained that Icicles is so busy because it’s the only rolled ice cream joint around and patrons appreciate the positive environment in which employees strive “to be better at each and every roll.” But don’t let the long lines scare you away. Icicles has a large and efficient staff and each bowl only takes a couple of minutes to be made right before your eyes. For $7 plus tax, you can get a large serving of gourmet ice cream customized to your liking and a fun Benihana-style dessert experience unlike anything else Pleasanton has to offer.
is located at 600 Main Street, Suite F and open every day from 12:00pm-10:00pm.
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