Bistro buzz: A few weeks ago, we mentioned that the Lafayette Park Hotel had closed its venerable Duck Club and was revamping the space into a new, rustic chic restaurant, The Park Bistro & Bar. We got a sneak peek at exec chef Adam Carpenter's new menu for the place, which is due to open Saturday. It's a lovely balance of seasonal, sustainable fare, shareable platters -- the big trend this year -- and no-that's-all-mine entrees, including Skuna Bay salmon ($24) with Brentwood corn succotash, and a creative seafood riff on the carbonara theme ($27), with house-smoked salmon bacon, uni butter sauce and Manila clams. There are steaks, chops and burgers to slake carnivorous appetites, and the salads -- heirloom panzanella, for example, and a tabbouleh-inspired farro salad with harissa oil -- all sound tempting.
Devotees of the hotel's extremely popular bar needn't worry. There's plenty for the sip-and-nosh crowd, too, including a single malt and whiskey menu, California wines, French sparklers and some fun additions to the cocktail array. We have our eye on the new Park cocktail ($11) -- vodka, St. Germain, pomegranate liqueur and grapefruit -- and the house-made cherry limeade on the "Keep Your Wits About You" list. Details: 3287 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette; www.lafayetteparkhotel.com/restaurants.
Brunch bunch: Chris Pastena's new Oakland hot spot, Tribune Tavern, is launching brunch service on July 27, with dishes such as a chile hollandaise-sauced colcannon potato hash with bacon and sunny-side-up eggs ($12), griddled pork belly with fried eggs and creamy grits ($14), punch pitchers and brunch cocktails -- and how delightful is it that brunch cocktails have become a genre? Details: brunch 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. weekends, 401 13th St.; http://tribunetavern.com.
Still more 'za: The East Bay pizza renaissance continues! Jon Guhl just opened The Star in Oakland. It's an offshoot of his uber-popular deep-dish gem, Little Star -- but bigger, with cocktails, sandwiches, salads and pizzas that pay homage to the neighborhood. The Broadway Terrace, for example, is a thin-crust pizza with chicken, feta, red onions and pesto, while the Grand is a deep-dish vegetarian extravaganza. Details: 3425 Grand Ave.; http://thestarongrand.com.
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