It’s raining salads and sandwiches in the East Bay and South Bay.
Mendocino Farms, the fast-casual restaurant known for Not So Fried Chicken, continues its Bay Area expansion with two new locations: One in Walnut Creek and another in Santa Clara.
The first opens Jan. 17 in Santa Clara’s northern tech corridor at the Mission Park Marketplace, 2040 Wyatt Drive, Suite 110. It will be the chain’s 11th location in the greater Bay Area, with 50 percent of opening day proceeds going to No Kid Hungry, which combats childhood hunger, and an opportunity to enter to win a catered lunch for your office.
On Friday, look for new winter menu items, including a roasted veggie-centric Countryside Cobb Salad and a Chicken Parm Dip Sandwich featuring roasted, shaved chicken breast, cheeses, basil, signature krispies, Calabrian chili aioli and more served on a sesame roll with a side of sauce for dipping.
The second location, in Walnut Creek, will be the first Mendocino Farms in central Contra Costa County (San Ramon is the closest). With an opening set for summer, the restaurant will take over the vacated Chase Bank space inside Ygnacio Plaza at 1895 Ygnacio Valley Road, bringing much-needed salad options, like Mrs. Chen’s Chinese Chicken Salad and The Impossible Taco Salad, to the Heather Farms side of Walnut Creek. Details: www.mendocinofarms.com