Restaurant roulette: We may associate Livermore with rodeos, vineyards and a certain famous lab, but the city has a casino, too -- and now, a small but swanky casino eatery. John Park's Kitchen 580 offers a contemporary Asian-fusion menu, designed by exec chef Jess Ledesma, that includes cocktails and small plates -- Korean street tacos for $6, for example, and braised barbecue beef short ribs for $11 -- as well as larger entrees, such as honey-lavender chicken ($18) served with caraway grape slaw and potatoes. It's open around the clock, with a late-night menu of lighter fare and breakfast dishes served from 11 p.m. to 11 a.m. Details: 962 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore; 925-455-6144, http://kitchen580.com.
Bar bites and brunch: Oakland's Hibiscus restaurant has just added brunch -- eggs Benedict with grit cakes ($13), fried chicken and waffles ($17) and more -- to its offerings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. The Rock-Steady Bar next door will be serving Hibiscus bar bites, including chicken sliders and mac and cheese, until midnight Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Details: 1745 San Pablo Ave.; 510-444-2626, www.hibiscusoak.com.
More tidbits: Lafayette's new Back to the Table cooking school officially opens July 12, but you can get a sneak peek online. Co-owner Leslie Pease has just posted
Emeryville is getting its own Nothing Bundt Cakes, the latest in a string of Bay Area openings for the Bundt cake-centric bakery. Join the grand opening festivities next week, which include a fundraiser for the Emery Ed Fund from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 13, and entertainment and sweets from noon to 2 p.m. July 14. The shop is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Details: 5745 Christie in Powell Street Plaza; www.nothingbundtcakes.com.
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