Tri-City entertainment, hot spots and overlooked places

I’ve started a series called Out & About, which will highlight any restaurants, bars, coffee houses, public spaces, hiking or anything else you might consider fun in the Tri-City and greater Hayward areas.

If you have any suggestions, please feel free to share. You can post here or email me at cdebenedetti@bayareanewsgroup.com.


Chris DeBenedetti


  1. Joe’s Corner, Niles Ca.

    Joe’s Corner – Deli in Historic Niles District. Serving classic Italian deli sandwiches, soup and salads, coffee and specialty beers.
    Live Entertainment.. Open mike First Friday, Song Writers Night third Friday and Sunday
    Check website for other entertainment as iot comes up…
    Great Entertainment no cover…

  2. Thanks, Jasper. I appreciate the tip.

  3. The Coyote Hills Regional Park –

    but take the time to approach it from Ardenwood and Paseo Padre. An uninterrupted vista is a very rare thing these days.

  4. I agree with Dan, Coyote Hills wilderness Park. It has a nice museum about the early Ohlone Indigenous people.
    My favorite is the Butterfly Garden, a place that is quiet and filled with flowers and herbs that attract butterfly’s. There are several trails for bicyclist.

  5. Thanks for the suggestions, guys. After doing the first two profiles on Fremont spots, I think I’m going to feature an establishment in either Newark or Union City. But a good hike in Coyote Hills definitely will be on the list. Thanks again.

  6. got another one….
    Walking up the Mission Peak from Stanford Ave.

    We all owe thanks to Bonnie Davis and her Fremont Coalition for Open Space or we could have had 250 acre, 18 hole golf course in the Mission Peak Regional Park pitched in the early 1990s.

  7. Newark: Grab a kayak (check the tides!) and launch just South of Don Edwards Park (the launch is on the left side of the parking lot on Thornton Ave.). It is one of the best rides on the Bay Area and few people do it. The slough takes you through Don Edwards…under the foot bridges and out to the Bay. But again, check the tide tables or you could be stuck in the mud for an evening.

  8. For Newark, I recommend Marv’s Liquor and Autozone. Both should get you set up for the Newark experience. If that doesn’t do it, La Cabana and Mahout Thai are very good places to eat on the cheap. You covered Mahout already, if I recall.

    As for UC, this is pretty cool if you have kids.

  9. Grab a kayak (check the tides!)

    Lol, Dan. Just go grab one! Head out! Don’t die in the Pacific!

  10. #9

    I was waiting –

    Pretend it’s a BarcaLounger with an oar Martin.
    You’ll get it cupcake.

  11. Joe’s Corner “3rd Friday Songwriter Showcase” 7-9:30pm + Pub to Pub
    May 17th is “3rd Friday Songwriters Showcase” night at Joe’s Corner in Niles. Featured artists for May: Mark Lemaire & Twilight (Guitarist & Vocal Duo) & Michael Stadler (Multi-instrumentalist/Americana/Country/Irish/Trad). They do 20 minute rotating sets, along w/ McNevin & McClellan & others tossing in cameos. This is a low light, soft sound, ‘Speak Easy’. 7-9:30pm. $10-15 sliding donations appreciated (or give what you can). Listeners who grab seats early near the performers help ensure a listening vibe. Friendly and respectful socializing between sets is always encouraged. Please also patronize Joe’s beverage bar and menu – that directly impacts continued live music in the venerable old place.

    The Friday night showcase may also include a “Pub to Puddle Crawl”. If 10-20 people want to burn the candle at both ends of town, musicians and listeners stroll two blocks down to the the Mudpuddle Shop for an after-swap/jam.

    More info on the artist(s) & venue:

    Mark and Twilight:” – http://www.marklemaire.com
    Michael Stadler – http://www.michaelstadler.com
    McNevin & McClellan – http://www.michaelmcnevin.com

    Every 1st Friday “Open Mic Night”, 7-9pm
    Every 3rd Friday “McNevin & Friends” 7-10pm
    Joe’s Ph: 510 896 8025
    37713 Niles Blvd Fremont, CA 94536
    For booking, do not call Joe’s!
    1st Fri Open Micers and 3rd Fri Feature artists are booked in advance by email: joescornermusic@aol.com

    Joe’s Corner is an iconic old bar at the corner of J and Niles Blvd., in historic downtown Niles (by the hills of Fremont, CA). there since 1923. It now has 12 Craft Beers on tap (no hard liquor, just beer and wine), w/ good affordable eats. Be a part of the Joe’s Corner new crowd for “1st Friday Open Mic”, and “3rd Friday McNevin & Friends Showcase”. Big thanks to Joe’s for helping Niles have more music and night life 🙂

  12. If you ever find yourself in the early a.m. hours seething , needing to gripe about all the b.s. piling up that no one seems to be noticing, I suggest you make a beeline for La Shoppe Amour (the Adult Bookstore) in Irvington on the Northwest corner of Fremont Blvd. and Grimmer next to Subway sandwich. This is Thee place to go if you want to listen or debate politics late night Monday-Thursday.
    Moderator and veteran dildo salesman Ray hosts this truly unique forum where, unlike here, you and I and everyone else can all see each other and respond to each other in real time.

    Those who might be shy in this type of environment are encouraged to peruse the many rows of dvds and thus be able to avoid direct eye contact with others while still being able to comment or debate.

    There is no sign-up list or preplanned agenda or cover
    (though it’d be appreciated if you bought Something. This shouldn’t be a problem since many items are in the 99 cent to 10 dollar price range.)

    And if the above isn’t a good enough reason to be out lurking around Irvington at 1:45 a.m. then here’s an even better one…
    because everyone went to bed hours ago.

    Also, I think there is a kayak drop-in point close-by. I’ll have to check with Dan to make sure, it may be seasonal.

  13. Fremont Coffee Roasting
    151 Washington Blvd.
    Fremont, CA 94539

    Live Music
    Join us for incredible live music, one or two Saturdays each month, presented by Brask House Concerts.

    All concerts 7-9:30 pm unless otherwise noted. $15 cover at the door unless otherwise noted.
    ◾Sat Mar 9 – Georgi & the Rough Week – Benefit for Drivers for Survivors – $25
    ◾Sat Apr 13 – Sherry Austin & Henhouse
    ◾Sat May 4 – Ronny Cox – $20
    ◾Sat Jun 8 – Chris Webster & Nina Gerber
    ◾Sat Jun 22 – Molly’s Revenge
    ◾Sat Sep 14 – Incendio
    ◾Sat Oct 5 – Houston Jones

    Open Mic Night
    Third Friday of the month, with sign ups and mic checks starting at 6:30 and performances starting at 7:00 (no cover charge).

    Folk Music Jam
    Join fellow folk fans on the third Sunday of each month from 5-7 pm. Bring your guitars, banjos, mandolins, spoons, fiddles and what-nots. Everyone is invited, from old folkies to those just learning!

    Sorry Tony.. No Vibrators

  14. One of Frémont’s Hidden Treasures is the Alameda Creek Trail. It is about 12 miles one way from Mission Blvd. to Coyote Hills Natural Area Park. You can walk parts of the trail or bike it round trip is 24 miles.
    I have included a You Tube Video of the Trail, Enjoy


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