Whether you’re heading to the Alameda County Fair for a new thrill ride or just enjoying a day in downtown Pleasanton, you need to know the latest and greatest restaurants to grab a bite. Here are five fabulous options, from the juicy burgers at the beer-centric BottleTaps to elegant Northern Chinese cuisine at the new Dalian Club House tucked into the Pearl Shopping District.
Chef Matt Greco’s first solo restaurant is based on cooking at home for his wife and daughter. After years as Wente Vineyards’ executive chef, he’s focusing on casual yet sophisticated ingredient-driven dishes at Salt Craft that are every bit as worthy of a premium glass of cabernet. Enjoy al fresco dining with housemade pastas, big salads and sandwiches made for sharing, including Greco’s housemade lamb pastrami on coffee rye. Brunch is fabulous, too. Details: 377 St. Mary’s St., Pleasanton; www.saltcraftpleasanton.com
At Salt Craft, the banh mi is made with caramel-roasted pork, carrots pickled with ginger and umami sauce. (Salt Craft) Dalian Club House
Hidden inside the contemporary Pacific Pearl strip mall behind a beauty supply store, this Northern Chinese restaurant is done up with trendy industrial decor and an open kitchen where staff are rolling out dough for dumplings. Be sure to try those popular Xiao Long Bao dumplings — they’ve got a delightful soft top and crisp bottom — stewed beef shank, smoked mackerel and handmade, knife-cut noodles galore. Details: 2725 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 118, Pleasanton.
Tucked into the Vintage shopping center near Livermore, this chic taproom with brick and copper accents features elevated bar bites and up to 30 rotating taps of craft beer, cider, mead and kombucha. All the NorCal classics are present, from Altamont Beer Works to Laughing Monk, or you can use a tablet to build your own flight of suds from far-flung locales. Our favorite BottleTaps dishes included the build-your-own charcuterie boards and the single sliders, perfect for dining solo. Details: 3020 Bernal Ave., Suite 160, Pleasanton; http://bottletaps.com
Bottle Taps’ upscale beer-friendly eats include flatbreads and sliders (BottleTaps) The Press
Yes, we’ve written about it before. And no, we don’t care. When you’re looking for a casual lunch or breakfast away from Main Street traffic, tuck into this shopping center gem for crisp, golden panini,
Source:: East Bay – Lifestyle