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Tri-Valley Restaurant Month

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The areas around the Pleasanton California apartments might not be the first thing that comes to your mind when it comes to amazing dining options, but perhaps it’s time to rethink that assessment? January marks the area’s much-vaunted Tri-Valley Restaurant Month, a testament to all that the region has to offer on the culinary front:

“The goal of this event is to position the Tri-Valley among the top culinary destinations in the Bay Area by increasing awareness of the many dining opportunities available in the region, as well as stimulating business and revenue for restaurants throughout the Tri-Valley.”

Restaurant Month is pulling in representatives from Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and San Ramon. As a part of California’s larger Restaurant Month initiative, they’ve got to pull out all the stops to ensure they show off the best of what the Golden State, and, more specifically, the Tri-Valley area have in their fine dining arsenal. Here’s a peek at what you can expect when you head out for some good eating.

The What, Where, And When

According to the Tri-Valley website’s post on Restaurant Month, the event will be lasting the month of January, and will be an opportunity to do more than simply try out great food:

“Wine & Dine Tri-Valley-style gives a special shout-out to our restaurants whose wine lists always include local wines from Livermore Valley and/or those restaurants who waive the corkage fee when patrons bring in their own bottle of local, Livermore Valley wine.”

The total list of restaurants is quite expansive, and even the ones participating in the wine collaboration is quite robust, sitting at 12 in total. So, what will patrons be treated to when they cross through the doors of one of these fine establishments?

How About Those Restaurants?

The answer to the preceding question depends largely on the specific restaurant. There are a great many participating in Restaurant Month, and while we might not be able to cover them all here, we can give a bit of background on some choice options.

Southern Sweetwater Tavern

The Southern Sweetwater Tavern on Hartz Avenue in Danville gives patrons more than their fair share of beer, whiskey, and good old-fashioned American cuisine.

This southern-style tavern specializes in barbeque, smoking their meats for long durations before serving them, giving them that additional flavor quality that patrons come from far and wide to enjoy (BBQ perfection, as they put it, gets better with age).

Southern Sweetwater Tavern is also known for their libations, boasting the best “bartenders and mixologists” in the town of Danville. They make a specialty moonshine, along with a long list of cocktails that includes a number of classic and complex favorites.

Among those moonshine varieties, the apple pie moonshine is a particular stand out, and the cocktail lemonades are delightful treat, served with flair in stylish mason jars.

Beyond that, though, they have a fair amount of local charm that makes the establishment that much more appealing: “Southern Sweetwater Tavern is owned and operated by local families who are dedicated to our community. The feeling that you're home and amongst friends is the feeling we want you to have as soon as you walk in.”

On that front, they succeed, adding a bit of Texas charm to boot. As Mercury News notes:

“Sweetwater’s decor is more Texas roadhouse than down-home Southern, with cactus, corrugated tin and brick walls, big metal stars and wagon wheel accents. The split level restaurant has an upper dining room and lower bar area.”

Combined with the friendly service, you’re in for a treat when you visit this restaurant.

Campo Di Bocce

Is it possible to eat great and enjoy a game of bocce all in the same spot? At Campo Di Bocce, the answer is yes. This full service Italian restaurant claims you’ll come for the food and stay for the Bocce, and perhaps even a glass of fine wine or two:

“Campo di Bocce is the brainchild of Bocce Aficionado, Tom Albanese. In his quest to create a place for great Italian food, friendship, fun, and of course Bocce, Tom has fashioned Campo di Bocce as an ideal location for family gatherings, corporate outings, wedding rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, and simply a venue to socialize and enjoy friends.”

The family-owned establishment does quite well on the food front, with Mercury News [pointing out] that the fried ravioli, meatball sliders, and cheesy garlic bread were some of the best they’d ever sampled. The Bocce offerings, it seems, rival the food in terms of their quality:

“Campo Di Bocce is set up with indoor and outdoor courts and a large dining area, decorated with sporty Italian flags and posters, that comfortably shares space with the bocce courts. It wasn’t long before we were speculating about who we could bring along next time.”

Campo Di Bocce even holds the distinction of hosting the 2016 National Bocce Championships. For a great time that’s family-oriented, this will likely be the choice that tops your list.

McKay’s Taphouse & Beer Garden

Merely uttering the phrase “beer garden” is enough to pique the interest of dedicated brew aficionados. McKay’s keeps the nectar of the gods flowing, with a slew of unique concoctions and 16 handcrafted microbrews on tap. They combine this with a delicious menu, replete with sumptuous dishes that pair well with beer to deliver an overall outstanding experience:

“With its large garden dotted with picnic tables and counters selling burgers, beer, and wine, McKay’s Taphouse and Beer Garden would be at home at an Oktoberfest or county fair. This spot (which also includes a cozy indoor beer and wine bar) is the heartfelt brainchild of Barbara and Josh McKay.”

The McKays have certainly outdone themselves, creating the perfect haven to show off their love of food, beer, and wine, and sharing it with the Pleasanton community.

Pleasanton California Apartments Put You Right In The Center

If all the Restaurant Month excitement sounds like its worth your while, a spot in Pleasanton is what you’ll need to join in on the fun. Vintage fits the bill, and this distinct apartment community, located a mere mile from Historic Downtown Pleasanton, delivers in spades. With spacious floorplans and uncompromising resident amenities, it provides the perfect place to call home.