The Tri-Valley may have its own wine country in Livermore Valley, but for a long time, the sleepy downtowns of San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton and beyond were eclipsed — at least gastronomically — by other East Bay hot spots. In recent years though, the Bay Area’s fastest growing region has found itself the happy recipient of not just an influx of new residents craving food that satisfies their global palates, but an explosion of exciting restaurants to sate those appetites in newly bustling city centers.
1 Focus on fusion, Indian style
Topping pizza dough with Northern Indian curry flavors has become something of a staple at several Indian eateries here, but the Naughty Naan at Curry Up Now takes it to another level. The small Bay Area chain is known for its playful takes on Indian street food, so if you head for San Ramon’s City Center Bishop Ranch, you’ll find Curry Up Now’s chefs slathering traditional Indian flatbread with a rich, spicy tikka masala, chicken or paneer, and a light sprinkling of melty mozzarella to tie the flavors together.
Details: City Center Bishop Ranch and other locations; www.curryupnow.com
Teddy Kuan, 2, of San Ramon, stays cool in the shade as he finishes his ice cream at San Ramon’s City Center Bishop Ranch, which offers more than two dozen eateries, including Salt & Straw and Curry Up Now. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
2. Sip sangiovese with valley views
To be sure, most Livermore Valley wineries boast charming tasting rooms, but Las Positas Vineyards offers a particularly soul-nurturing setting. The Mediterranean-style winery’s large patio offers expansive views of historic vineyards, sycamore trees and the arroyo and hills leading to the Ohlone Regional Wilderness. Owners Lisa and Lothar Maier and winemaker Brent Amos’ recent awards haul from the 2022 California State Fair includes a best of show for its 2019 Sangiovese, a medium-bodied red with the aroma of cherry and other fruits. Take in the view, sample a flight ($25) with a crisp 2021 Estate Verdelho, perhaps, and a light, fruity 2021 Estate Rosé. Hungry? The winery’s small plates menu offers charcuterie and flatbreads with tempting toppings.
Details: 1828 Wetmore Road, Livermore; www.laspositasvineyards.com. Find maps and details about more Livermore Valley wineries at www.lvwine.org.
3. Slurp up lavender and honey sweetness
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Source:: The Mercury News