Slow-smoked Concord: Cue up the hoopla. Get ready to salivate. Concord's new Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que officially opens May 2. This is the first Bay Area location for the Southern-style eatery, which is famous for its slow-smoked barbecue, live blues and flying pigs. Think tri-tip, brisket, baby back ribs and fried catfish with a side of honey-roasted peanut slaw or sweet potato fries. Plus, there's live music on Saturday nights. Details: Sunvalley mall, upper level; www.lucillesbbq.com.
Sushi and ... We don't even know where to start with this one. Dublin's new Tokyo Playground is a sushi bar-sports bar mash-up, staffed by "TP Girls" in midriff-baring Japanese schoolgirl outfits. (Do Japanese schools actually allow students to wear those? Isn't the crimson lingerie a little distracting during exams?) The menu includes Kobe beef sliders, sake bombs, creative sushi (Charlie Sheen Roll, anyone?) and sustainable seafood. And, the publicist tells us, "The waitresses are trained with a deep knowledge of Japanese cuisine and to use suggestive innuendos with customers to encourage a dynamic atmosphere." We're guessing there's no children's menu. Details: 4100 Grafton St.; www.tokyo-playground.com.
The pizza report: Looking for deep-dish 'za? The Bay Area's newest Patxi's Pizza has just started serving Chicago-style stuffed pizza, thin crust pies and small plates in Livermore. The space is cozy -- exposed brick walls, reclaimed wood and an indoor-outdoor bar that we're dying to see. Details: 2470 First St.; www.patxispizza.com.
Meanwhile in Berkeley, Pizza Moda has taken over the cozy corner on University Avenue that once housed Fellini (and the delicious Divino, which closed last year). Now that spot has come full circle, because Moda is owned by Fellini founder Jeff Davis. The tasty menu, which includes vegan and gluten-free options, was designed by consulting chef Colin Etezadi, whose resume includes stints at Pizzaiolo and Boot & Shoe Service. Details: 1401 University Ave.; http://pizzamoda.com.
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