(Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group) Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group The dish: Start with a three-sangria flight (, or during happy hour), choosing from options that may include pineapple basil or Pura Vida Royale.
Schell’s shrimp and chorizo-studded Colombian Paella (.95 full order, .95 half order) is a great dish to share.
Wine lovers will especially enjoy exploring a long list made up exclusively of Portuguese drops, including a seductive selection of Ports to pair with a post-dinner cheese plate or one of Carreira’s exquisite desserts. Caldo verde () is a classic Portuguese potato-based soup that’s especially good here with bits of kale and a drizzle of chorizo oil.
The copper-topped bar is lined with two dozen shiny silver taps.Wine-barrel staves cover the ceiling, and barrel rings adorn the light fixtures.Copies of The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem will be available for purchase and signing by the chefs. We all know a Valentine Grinch or two — the folks who grumble about heart-shaped chocolate boxes and Hallmark holidays. This new oyster bar and seafood restaurant from the Big Night Group is so pretty, it will put you in the mood for fancy dresses, smart suits and lots of flirting.The dish: The menu may look like your typical wings-fries-burgers brewpub at first glance.
But crispy, tender Green Curry Chicken Wings () are coated in a mild, silky curry sauce.Buttery seared salmon () is beautifully plated, with watermelon radishes and glistening cipollini onions.Order the Baron Burger () just for the crunchy, creamy duck fries (also available solo as a bar snack for ).Reggae tunes transport you to the tropics, as does the menu, inspired by chef and owner Gianni Schell’s Colombian mother.Gianni Schell, owner of Livermore’s Pura Vida Cocina Latina & Sangria Bar, makes chicken, shrimp and chorizo paella on the patio of his Livermore restaurant.The dish: Sharing is cute and caring, so go for a classic, like the mussels (), with andouille, Pilsner, ham hock jus, tomato and chiles, along with an order of the French fries () with dynamite sauce.