As a youngster, Latif Lamnaouar learned classic Moroccan dishes by watching and helping his mother in the kitchen. After moving to America, the homesick Latif started cooking those meals himself, a process that reduced his homesickness and propelled his culinary aspirations. He now crafts Moroccan specialties at Lateeva's Cafe, from veggie sandwiches with eggplant and split pea hummus spread to lemon chicken paninis with pesto and spinach.
Before noon, Latif assembles plenty of breakfast treats, too, including wraps chock-full of eggs, hash browns, salsa, and a choice of turkey sausage or turkey bacon. Complement feasts with coffee drinks or the apple juice, strawberry, and tamarind blend of the Road to Casablanca smoothie, named for its resemblance to Humphrey Bogart's naturally fruity scent.
If you’re looking for classic American dining, Kincaid’s will not disappoint. They serve all-time favorites like oysters on the half shell, lobster, grilled sirloin steak or ribeye, and Alaskan Cod. Their signature dish is the prime rib, which is slow roasted under rock salt, giving it the perfect crust. Come in for a casual brunch or bring guests to their more formal dinner. Kincaid’s offers two dinner hours each evening where they serve delicious, but very different items. Your tasty meal can be accompanied by a favorite wine, cocktail or beer. They serve up about 30 red and white wines by the glass. Kincaid’s has three locations in California, one in Phoenix, one in Honolulu, and two in Minnesota, but they’re expanding so be sure to check their website to see if there’s a Kincaid’s in your neighborhood. You’ll love their Rewards Program, valet parking, and enjoy the best food in town.
Handcrafted wood beams and nautical artifacts adorn the room; outside, San Francisco Bay stretches off into the distance. It's almost enough to make you forget you're on land?and in Horatio's dining room. The waterfront restaurant describes itself as a tribute to "the romance and brilliance of the Royal Navy of some 200 years ago," and small touches, such as steering-wheel chandeliers and rustic ship's rigging, add to the space's timeless charm.
That classic atmosphere carries over into the menu as well. Here, diners find a selection of top-quality steaks, fresh seafood, and pasta dishes, all featuring locally-sourced ingredients. Options include rock-salt roasted prime rib, and seafood specialties such as etouffee?a chantey-like medley of prawns, mussels, scallops, clams, and andouille sausage served over cheese grits. Bites pair with sips of California wine, or specialty cocktails crafted with house-made syrups and fresh fruit and herbs.
Teppanyaki chefs twirl their knives and ignite towers of flame while cooking meals tableside inside Hana Japan Steak & Seafood. They slice new york steaks, chicken, and salmon and toss scallops onto the grill alongside chopped veggies and mounds of rice, all without ruffling their tomato-red toques. Each hibachi dinner comes with a shrimp appetizer, a bowl of soup, and a salad with organic Hana dressing imported from Japan.
Keywords: Brazilian Steak House | Rodizio-Style Service | Gourmet Salad Bar | International Wine Selection
Churrascaria: Brazilian-style barbecuing where the meat is skewered and cooked over an open flame or on a grill; the meat itself is called churrasco.
Caipirinha: a Brazilian cocktail made with the sugarcane-based spirit cachaca and lime juice.
A5 Wagyu Steak | Japanese-Influenced Small Plates | Expansive Wine List | Retro-Futuristic Decor
The Vibe: Semicircular, cream-colored banquettes sprawl out beneath a ceiling dome with colored recessed lighting, simultaneously evoking a lounge from both 1970 and 2070. Away from the lounge, the bar tempts guests to tell stories or laugh maniacally in front of flames flickering on a projection screen.
When to Go: Swing by for 5A5's happy hour (weekdays from 5–7 p.m.), which Travel + Leisure magazine named as one of America's best for its rotating selection of $2 bites and its cocktail of choice: the French A5, which mixes Ketel One with St. Germain elderflower liqueur and grapefruit juice.
A5: the highest grade of wagyu beef. The ranking is based on its marbling, color, texture, and firmness.
Marbling: the flecks and strips of fat in beef.
Inside Tip: For the wagyu experience without the steep price, order one of the restaurant's wagyu small bites, such as the tartare with asian pear and quail yolk or the sliders with bacon jam.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Gawk at 19th- and 20th-century European and American paintings at Montgomery Gallery (406 Jackson Street).
After: Catch a new play or some sketch comedy at The Eureka Theatre (215 Jackson Street).