Greater East Bay
Blackhawk Plaza 3380 Blackhawk Plaza Circle. M-Sat 10-8, Sun 11-6. Landscaped with manmade rivers and waterfalls, this exclusive shopping center provides a soothing atmosphere in which to shop.
Though the exclusive market that once serenaded its customers with shopping music played live on a grand piano is gone (posh Draeger’s Market has replaced it), exclusive shops here provide a glimpse into the lifestyle of the area's wealthy residents.
●Blackhawk Grille (925) 736-HAWK. L-D daily, Sat-Sun Br. Reservations suggested. At this elegant spot a pianist sometimes entertains. Refined salads and trendy pizzas share the menu with fresh fish entrees and a hamburger.
●The Little Pear (925) 736-4800. B-L-D daily. No reservations. Expect informal dining and big portions of well-priced polished comfort food--the Rodzilla burger, deep-fried artichoke hearts with aioli, plus salads and sandwiches. Both sweet and savory crepes are also available.
●Blackhawk Automotive Museum 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, at one end of Blackhawk Plaza, (925) 736-2277. W-Sun 10-6. $8, students & 65+ $5, under 6 free. Now an official venue for the Smithsonian Institution, this stunning museum building is constructed with plenty of gleaming glass and polished granite. Really two museums combined into one, this automotive museum provides a complete history of automotive design along with a display of approximately 90 classic and rare automobiles dating from the late 1890s into the 1980s. Especially impressive are the huge, shining Bugattis and Duesenbergs. An Automotive Art exhibit displays 110 years of automotive fine art dating back to the mid-1800s.
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