Restaurants in California

$10 for $20 Worth of Classic Deli Food at D.Z. Akin's

D.Z. Akin's

College East

$20 $10

(684)

Old-World delicatessen piles pastrami and brisket atop more than 134 sandwiches, serves breakfast all day, and bakes cream puffs

$12 for a Dozen Bagels and Two 8-Ounce Cream Cheeses at Bagel Guys ($20.49 Value)

Bagel Guys

Willow Glen

$20.49 $12

Fresh-baked bagels come in flavors like blueberry, cinnamon raisin, jalapeño, and spinach

$85 for $100 Worth of French Bistro Cuisine at Garçon

Garçon

Mission

$100 $85

(629)

Classic dishes such as coq au vin, mussels, and duck confit at a traditional, French-owned bistro praised by the Bay Guardian

Classic American Grill Cuisine for Dine-In or Takeout at Triangle Drive-In (Up to 44% Off)

Triangle Drive-In

Multiple Locations

$16 $9

Shakes, floats, and malts complement corn dogs, egg-salad sandwiches, and charbroiled burgers topped with chili and bacon

Upscale American Meal with Wine for Two at Formoli's Bistro (46% Off)

Formoli's Bistro

East Sacramento

$102 $55

(321)

Classic American dishes with an upscale twist, such as burgers topped with habanero aioli and savory seafood bisque

Seafood and Grill Cuisine at Malarkey's Grill & One Hell of an Irish Bar (52% Off). Two Options Available.

Malarkey's Grill and One Hell of an Irish Bar

Belmont Shore

$25 $12

Plates of coconut-battered shrimp, Angus steak, and housemade crab cakes decorate tables whose windows overlook impressive ocean vistas

$5 Buys You a Coupon for 10% Off Hot Drink Purchases For One Month After First Use at Kilovolt Coffee

Kilovolt Coffee

Oakland

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 10% off hot drink purchases for one month after first use

Two Medium One-Topping Pizzas or One Large Combination Pizza for Carry-Out at Slice of Italy (Up to 48% Off)

Slice of Italy

Westlakes

$23 $12

Bring home cheesy one-topping pizzas or grab a large combination pie topped with salami, pepperoni, bell pepper, onions, and olives

American Fare and Drinks for Lunch and Dinner at Sammy’s Bar & Grill (Up to 36% Off). Three Options Available.

Sammy's Bar & Grill

Anaheim Hills

$20 $14

(111)

Wash down sliders, fajitas, and flatbread pizzas with local beer and wine in an upscale sports bar with dark wood and stone accents

California Coastal Cuisine and Wine at Vineyard Rōz (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Vineyard Rōz

Santa Ana

$20 $12

(36)

Restaurant serves fine wines and California coastal cuisine in a relaxing, yet elegant atmosphere

Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52%Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

Interactive dinnertime murder mystery that stars professional actors tests diners’ sleuthing skills throughout a multicourse meal

$55 for a Barbecue Takeout Package from Bottley's BBQ ($100.14 Value)

Bottley's BBQ

Pacific

$100.14 $55

Enjoy slow-cooked barbecue and sides such as mac 'n' cheese, baked beans, and cornbread within the comfort of your own home

Mexican Dinner or Brunch for Two or Four at Casa Don Diego Restaurant (Up to 45% Off)

Casa Don Diego Restaurant

Castle Park

$20 $11

Called an "old-school Mexican gathering spot," authentic restaurant satisfies appetites with fajitas, steak skillets, and margaritas

Pizza, Sandwiches, and Calzones at Mission Pizza & Pub (Up to 43% Off). Two Options Available.

Mission Pizza & Pub

Fremont

$30 $17

Creative pizzas, oven-baked sandwiches, and 32 microbrews and imported beers served amid live country and bluegrass music

$12 for $25 Worth of Mexican Cuisine at Tacos and Company

Tacos and Company

Multiple Locations

$25 $12

(187)

Family-owned Tacos and Company is dedicated to authenticity, expressed in recipes for burritos, tacos, and guacamole

Mexican Food at Tacos Arandas (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Tacos Arandas

San Bernardino

$20 $12

Chile verde pork fries, asada tacos topped with onion and cilantro, and wet burritos drizzled in salsa

$12 for $25 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Bel Piatto Cucina Italiana

Bel Piatto Cucina Italiana

Modesto

$25 $12

Clams and mussels steamed with garlic and wine; penne with black tiger shrimp in a lemon-cream sauce; calzones with meatballs and spinach

$40 for a Wine Tasting for Two and $50 Toward a Gourmet Meal at Herzog Wine Cellars ($84 Value)

Herzog Wine Cellars

Downtown Oxnard

$84 $40

(46)

Tastings of six reserve wines prelude a meal at a Zagat-rated restaurant where chefs prepare new American fare from local ingredients

Seafood at Shrimp House - Fontana (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Shrimp House - Fontana

Fontana

$20 $11

More than 50-year-old restaurant serves various dishes, including fried jumbo shrimp, grilled fish, steak, and more

Mexican Food at Carmina's Mexican Food (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Carmina's Mexican Food

Moreno Valley

$5 $2.75

Tacos, burritos, tortas, flautas, chilis rellenos, breakfast burritos, huevos rancheros, and chilaquiles

California Cuisine at Frame 128 Restaurant (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Frame 128 Restaurant

Frame 128 Restaurant

$80 $44

Appetizers of Maryland lump crab cakes and smoked salmon precede entrees of wild Chilean sea bass, kurobuta pork chop, and filet mignon

Oktoberfest or Kinderfest Packages at Old World Village (Up to 50% Off). Five Options Available.

Old World German Restaurant

Huntington Beach

$32 $16

(93)

Three festive months filled with German beers, bratwurst, and live polka bands; kids find amusement in bounce houses and dachshund races

$25 for $40 Worth of Middle Eastern Cuisine at Persia Lounge. Groupon Reservation Required.

Persia Lounge

Santa Clarita

$40 $25

Chef and co-owner of Persian lounge uses traditional Middle Eastern spices and flavors, such as saffron, halal meat, and pomegranate paste

Seafood, Valid Friday–Sunday or Monday–Thursday at The Fire Crab (Up to 50% Off)

The Fire Crab

Garden Grove

$24 $12

In addition to fresh seafood such as clams, oysters, crawfish & mussels, this new eatery also serves up spicy garlic noodles & craft beer

$15 for $30 Worth of Japanese Food at Jojo Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Jojo Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Santa Rosa

$30 $15

(137)

Chefs artistically plate specialty rolls with colorful roe & torch-seared sauces

$10 for $20 Worth of Russian Cuisine at Talisman Restaurant

Talisman Restaurant

North Hollywood

$20 $10

(47)

Dishes from various Slavic regions include Russian pork Zharkoe, Ukrainian chicken kiev, and Nalistnik crepes stuffed with chicken

One, Two, Three, or Four Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of Mediterranean Food (Up to 46% Off)

Maan's Mediterranean Grill

Ivey Ranch / Rancho Del Oro

$12 $6.50

Authentic Greek and Middle Eastern dishes, including lamb-and-beef gyros, Greek salads loaded with feta and olives, and chicken shawarma

One or Five Groupons, Each Good for $16 Worth of Hamburgers, Fries, and Shakes at Johnny Rockets (50% Off)

Johnny Rockets

Victoria Gardens

$16 $8

(45)

All-American food such as malts, 1/3-lb. made-to-order burgers, and sourdough onion rings delivered by singing, dancing servers

$15 for three Groupons, each good for $10 worth of Indian cuisine at Bombay Restaurant Cuisine of India

Bombay Restaurant Cuisine of India

Ontario

$10 $5

(97)

Tandoor-roasted meats & breads enjoyed alongside exotically spiced entrees & vegetarian dishes

$2 for $4 Worth of Coffee — Cafe Del Sol

Cafe Del Sol

Lancaster

$4 $2

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$12 for $20 Worth of Pizza, Pasta, and Sandwiches at Steve's Pizza

Steve's Pizza

Elk Grove

$20 $12

(35)

Since 1978, Steve's Pizza has dished out high-quality pies, tasty sandwiches, and savory pastas

$10 for $20 Toward Japanese Dinner at Sushi Zen Bistro

Sushi Zen Bistro

Palmdale

$20 $10

(34)

Chefs use fresh fish and sushi-preparation techniques from Japan to craft authentic Asian entrees and sushi rolls

Pub Meal for Two or Four or $12 for $25 Worth of Pub Cuisine at Racks Billiards & Bourbon

Racks Billiards & Bourbon

Corona

$56.85 $25

(12)

Bar featured on Spike TV’s Bar Rescue offers food such as burgers, pork sliders, french dip, asian wings, and grilled salmon salad

All-You-Can-Eat Brazilian Barbecue Dinner with Drinks for Two or Four at By Brazil (42% Off)

By Brazil

Olde Torrance Neighborhood

$76.98 $45

(281)

All-you-can-eat churrasco feast featuring top sirloin, passion fruit-marinated pork loin, and barbecued chicken

Lunch Buffet for Two or $11 for $20 Worth of Indian Food for Dinner at Tandoori Paradise

Tandoori Paradise

Hayward

$22 $10.99

Steaming plates of channa masala with garbanzo beans and lamb boti kebabs pair with baskets of assorted naans and rotis

Diner Food, Brunch with Bottomless Mimosas for Two, or Takeout at Westside Cafe (Up to 50% Off).

Westside Cafe

Central Escondido

$20 $11

(117)

Classic breakfast and lunch dishes

$15 for $25 or $29 for $50 Worth of Sushi, Japanese Cuisine, and Sake at Sushi Blvd

Sushi Blvd

San Miguel

$25 $15

(234)

Guests clink glasses of sake over dinners of tuna, salmon, and shrimp sushi rolls, salted edamame, yakitori chicken, and pot stickers

Burgers, Fries, and Beers for Two or Four at Rounds Premium Burgers--Pasadena (Up to 45% Off)

Rounds Premium Burgers--Pasadena

Pasadena

$35.50 $21

Customers build their own burgers, choosing from a selection of four patties, 10 sauces, six cheeses, and 16 toppings

American Cuisine for Two or Four at Katella Grill (40% Off)

Katella Grill

Orange

$20 $12

(112)

Peanut-butter french toast, flame-broiled gourmet burgers, succulent barbecue, housemade desserts, local draft beers, and robust coffees

American Cuisine at Egg Cracker Restaurant (Up to 38% Off). Three Options Available.

Egg Cracker Restaurant

Fullerton

$20 $12.75

Eatery serves upscale comfort food such as macaroni-and-cheese-stuffed chili, bacon-wrapped boar meatloaf, and steak and eggs benedict

$12 for Gourmet Sandwiches and Sides for Two at Stone Oven ($20 Value)

Stone Oven

Stone Oven: The Oaks Mall

$20 $12

Emerging from the oven every seven minutes, still-hot focaccia is the base of each gourmet sandwich, layered with fresh veggies and meat

California-Inspired Cuisine at Cafe California (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Cafe California

Visalia

$40 $20

(4)

Regional cuisine fills a breakfast buffet, lunchtime sandwiches, and steak and fish entrees at dinner

Cuban Food for Parties of Two or Four at El Rincon Cubano Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

El Rincon Cubano Restaurant

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

Authentic Cuban food from a Cuban-born chef is paired with local DJs, live bands, and other entertainment on the weekends

$15.99 for $30 Worth of Persian Dinner Cuisine and Drinks at Didar Persian Cuisine

Didar Persian Cuisine

Concord

$30 $15.99

(239)

Kebabs with filet mignon, boneless chicken breast, and other savory meats roast over an open fire

$15 for Five Groupons, Each Good for $6 Worth of Hot Dogs and Fries at Parker's Hot Dogs ($30 Value)

Parker's Hot Dogs of Santa Cruz

Douglas Blvd.

$6 $3

Old-fashioned all-beef hot dogs topped with bacon, freshly grated cheddar cheese, or chili; 5 lb. chili dog featured on Man v. Food

Mexican Food for Two or Four at La Paloma (50% Off)

La Paloma

Santa Clara

$30 $15

(354)

Shrimp with jalapeño-lime butter and lots of cilantro, tomatillo chicken enchiladas, and Sonoran-style soft tacos

$12 for $20 Worth of Burgers, Fried Chicken, and Sandwiches at My HomeStyle Cafe

My HomeStyle Cafe

Vallejo

$20 $12

(35)

Cooks fry southern-style chicken and cod, toast buns for burgers, and nestle all-beef hot dogs on buns before dishing up peach cobbler

Four Groupons, Each Good for $6 or $12 Worth of Fast Food at Archibald's Drive-Thru (50% Off)

Archibald's Drive-Thru

Multiple Locations

$6 $3

(115)

Burgers, classic sandwiches, fries, and Mexican dishes hit the spot, whether you're chowing inside or picking up at the drive-thru

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Chinese Food at Honey BBQ ($20 Total Value)

Honey BBQ

El Monte City

$10 $5.50

Bowls and platters filled with sizzling chicken or beef and paired with steamed rice and shredded veggies

$12 for $20 Worth of Gourmet Sliders and Craft Beer at Sliderbar

Sliderbar

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

(1028)

Gourmet sliders assembled from all-natural beef, chicken, pork, and vegetarian served alongside a wide array of craft beers on tap

Italian Lunch or Dinner at Corleone Italian Restaurant (40% Off)

Corleone Italian Restaurant

Downey

$20 $12

(108)

Chef Salvatore uses seasonal ingredients to craft Italian dinner items such as linguini calamari in a marinara sauce & spaghetti misto mare

Meal for Two or Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Cafe Food, at Cosi (Up to 40% Off)

Cosi

Costa Mesa

$10 $6

(181)

Made-to-order cafe food includes signature flatbread sandwiches, homemade soups, and rice bowls

Cafe Food at Rusty Pot Cafe (Up to 45% Off)

Rusty Pot Cafe

Inglewood

$20 $11

Casual eatery serves up southern-influenced fare such as chicken and waffles, cheeseburgers, and three-egg omelets

$10 for $20 Worth of Italian Food at Johnny Carino’s 

Johnny Carino's

Covina-Valley

$20 $10

Menu features signature dishes such as spaghetti skillets, house-made 16-layer lasagna, 21 varieties of pizza, and balsamic barbecue ribs

$12 for $20 Worth of Bagels and Cafe Food at Top of the Bagel Cafe

Top of the Bagel Cafe

Carlsbad

$20 $12

Freshly boiled bagels book end breakfast and lunch sandwiches alongside soups, salads, and specialty coffee drinks

All You Can Eat Dinner for Two or Four at Samba Brazilian Steakhouse (Up to 46% Off). Four Options Available.

Samba Brazilian Steakhouse

Universal City

$84 $45

Mesquite-grilled meats and colorful salads complement live entertainment at this Brazilian eatery

$22 for $40 Worth of Sushi or Hibachi for Two at Arashi Teppan Steak & Sushi

Arashi Teppan Steak & Sushi

Murrieta

$40 $22

(75)

Stir-fried meats, rice, and seafood alongside elegantly plated rolls drizzled with sauces as flavorful as they are colorful

$12 for $25 Worth of Chinese Food at Gourmet 88 Burbank

Gourmet 88 Burbank

Burbank

$25 $12

Chefs straight from Hong Kong with more than 30 years of cooking experience craft garlic prawns, lemon scallops, and sesame beef

Mexican Food for Two or Four at Little Manuel's (Half Off)

Little Manuel's

Antioch

$20 $10

(46)

Chefs cook up Mexican, Italian, and American dishes such as from-scratch tamales, housemade menudo soup, and pasta

$30 for a Sushi Dinner for Two at Barracuda Japanese Restaurant ($50 Value)

Barracuda Japanese Restaurant

Daly City

$50 $30

(487)

Signature sushi rolls topped with a variety of fresh ingredients ranging from the traditional to the eclectic

Bistro Lunch for Two or Four at Bel Vino Bistro (Up to 48% Off). Four Options Available.

Bel Vino Bistro

Temecula

$47.85 $25

(4)

Bistro serves chicken brochette, caprese-topped salmon, and crème brûlee cheesecake with award-winning red, white, and dessert wines

Mediterranean Food and Drinks at Ali Baba Family Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Ali Baba Restaurant

Ali Baba Restaurant

$40 $25

Lamb and beef kebabs, shawarma with hummus, baba ghanouj, and traditional Mediterranean dishes

$13 for a Large Specialty or 5-Topping Pizza and IT'S-IT Ice Cream at Papa John's (Up to $25.73 Value)

Papa John's Pizza

Multiple Locations

$25.73 $13

Pizzas with thick cloaks of sauce made from California-grown tomatoes, plus local IT'S-IT ice-cream sandwiches

Healthy Café Food at Mia's Place Coffee Shop (Up to 52% Off). Two Options Available.

Mia's Place Coffee Shop

Multiple Locations

$25 $12

The café promotes health with handcrafted sandwiches, fruit, salads, and smoothies packed with protein or fruit

$20 for $30 Worth of Seafood at Amazing Crab

Amazing Crab

Berkeley

$30 $20

In a casual brick-walled eatery with a huge graffiti-style mural of a smiling crab, diners enjoy shrimp, crawfish, and other fresh seafood

$11 for 4 Groupons, Each Good for a $5 Credit at Skybound Coffee + Dessert Lounge (Up to $20 Total Value)

Skybound Coffee + Dessert Lounge

Multiple Locations

$5 $2.75

With deep care for each ingredient in their food and the way each coffee bean was grown, this cafe aims for quality above all else

Mexican Food for Dine-In or Carry-Out at Taqueros (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Taqueros

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

(36)

Huevos rancheros and breakfast burritos greet diners in the morning; enchiladas, tacos, and fajitas round out lunch and dinner

Indian Cuisine for Two or Four at Clay Oven Grill & Bar (Up to 40% Off)

Clay Oven Grill & Bar

Vacaville

$25 $15

(135)

Spiced dishes such as racks of lamb and marinated salmon cooked inside the heated clay depths of a clay tandoor oven

$13 for $20 Worth of Pizza, Wings, and Beer for Two or More at Beef 'O' Brady's

Beef 'O' Brady's

Hesperia

$20 $13

Wings in 12 signature sauces come paired with custom-designed pizzas and choice of beer

$20 for $35 Worth of Italian-American Food at Earth Wind & Flour

Earth Wind & Flour

Santa Monica

$35 $20

Italian food with a California touch, like eggplant pizza and spinach salad with artichoke hearts, at a restaurant with dog-friendly patio

Three-Course Dinner for Two or Four at Zen Vegetarian (Up to 48% Off)

Zen Vegetarian

Westminster

$41.22 $22

(134)

Entirely vegetarian menu includes whole roasted "chicken," fried "shrimp," and sautéed "beef" strips in bowls of veggie pho

Barbecue for Dine-In or Carryout at Woody's Bar-B-Q (Up to 40% Off)

Woody's BBQ

Santa Barbara

$30 $18

(106)

This barbecue joint has been serving slow-smoked baby back ribs and BBQ chicken for more than 30 years

Bubble Tea at Sushi King and Boba Tea Zone (Up to 49% Off). Three Options Available.

Sushi King and Boba Tea Zone

Chico

$29.50 $15

Sip a variety of teas that swirl with sweet tapioca pearls

Italian Cuisine at De Luca's Italian Restaurant (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

De Luca's Italian Restaurant

Whittier

$40 $22

Classic pasta dishes such as gnocchi and stuffed eggplant parmigiana along with New York–style thin-crust pizzas

Buffet Dinner with Wine or Beer for Two or Four at Hokkaido Seafood Buffet (40% Off)

Hokkaido Seafood Buffet

Newport Beach

$52.90 $32

Unlimited access to more than 150 items, including custom sushi and pan-Asian specialties made from local seafood

$5 Buys You a Coupon for 25% Off Your Bill of $50 or More, Valid Monday–Thursday

Padi Restaurant & Catering

San Leandro

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 25% off your total bill of $50 or more; valid Monday–Thursday

Burger Meal for Two or Four at B&R's Old Fashion Burgers (Up to 48% Off)

B&R's Old Fashion Burgers

Hawthorne

$18.16 $10

(28)

20-year-old establishment prepares old-fashioned-style burgers with toppings such as bacon and guacamole; vegan and turkey options

$10 for $20 Worth of Bagels, Sandwiches, and Coffee at Big Apple Bagels

Big Apple Bagels

San Marcos

$20 $10

(24)

Breakfast and lunch staples include chewy bagels, triple-decker sandwiches, pizza breads, and Brewster’s coffee

$8.50 for Pizza Lunch Meal for Two at Linda's Pizzeria (Up to $17 Value)

Linda's Pizzeria

Citrus Heights

$17 $8.50

Twosomes enjoy their own personal pizzas alongside drinks and salads with crisp veggies

Select Local Merchants

Ben Canter and his brothers had been manning the counter of their deli in Jersey City, New Jersey, for five years?familiarizing faces of regulars and catching their culinary stride?when the stock market plummeted in 1929. Like many, they were forced to scrape together the little they had retained, a mere $500, and head west. Los Angeles in 1931 wasn't a delicatessen owner's dream location, but they opened Canter's Deli nonetheless.

Throughout the next 83 years, three generations of Canters would do their parts to help the displaced deli fit into its Hollywood setting. They moved to their current location at the old Esquire Theatre, added a cocktail lounge named the Kibitz Room, opened a new store in the "O" of the Hollywood sign, and watched their doors open to a who's who of celebrities, including Marilyn Monroe, Jack Benny, Elizabeth Taylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Prince, and the band members from Guns N' Roses.

The Canters overhauled their menu in 2012 to reflect the changing times and West Coast tastes. Among the newcomers are panini-style deli melts (all less than $10) and updated burgers such as the Black and Blue, which comes loaded with thick-cut bacon. The best East Coast staples remain, of course. A good example is the hot corned-beef Reuben served on rye bread that's double-baked in-house and grilled to perfection. Available 24 hours a day, the expansive selection of deli fare and baked goods has garnered an equally expansive amount of press, including the monte cristo?s designation as one of Esquire's Best Sandwiches in America.

As a microcosm of the deli's convenience and culture, the staff validates parking for up to 90 minutes in its parking lot, where muralist Art Mortimer's seven-panel collage-style mural depicts Jewish history in Los Angeles.

419 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Property Location
With a stay at The Grand Del Mar in San Diego, you'll be within the vicinity of Torrey Pines State Reserve and University of California-San Diego. This 5-star hotel is within the vicinity of Torrey Pines Golf Course and Torrey Pines State Beach.

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 249 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and LCD televisions. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and pay movies provides entertainment. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature televisions and makeup/shaving mirrors. Conveniences include laptop-compatible safes and desks, as well as multi-line phones with free local calls and voice mail.

Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. After practicing your swing on the golf course, you can dip into one of the 4 outdoor swimming pools or 4 spa tubs. Additional features at this Mediterranean hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, a concierge desk, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). The complimentary beach shuttle makes getting to the surf and sand a breeze.

Dining
Enjoy a meal at one of the hotel's dining establishments, which include 6 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access 24-hour room service. Relax with a refreshing drink from a poolside bar or one of the 5 bars/lounges.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a business center, and limo/town car service. Planning an event in San Diego? This hotel has 20000 square feet (1800 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Free self parking is available onsite.

5200 Grand Del Mar Way
San Diego,
CA
US

After marinating some beef tenderloin with galangal herb, chef Richard Yu finishes off the succulent cut with a sweet-and-spicy cambogee sauce. This signature dish is emblematic of the China-born cook's creative work at Mosaic, where his Asian-fusion and American meals stand out with locally grown produce, hand-cut meats, and fresh seafood. He also puts his unique stamp on other classic Eastern and Western dishes, such as his orange chicken with sun-dried mandarin-orange peels and his 8-ounce salmon stuffed with crab, shrimp, and cheese.

To complement Chef Richard's cuisine, bartenders craft a variety of hand-shaken cocktails such as Mosaic's signature Mosaic-Tini, a blend of muddled strawberries, simple syrup, and organic riesling. Many of those cocktails come spiked with house-infused vodkas, and other imported liquors also stock the bar alongside wines and domestic and imported beers.

Meals unfold on Mosaic's outdoor plaza or in its chic lounge inside the historic Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downtown hotel, which affords stunning views and often hosts late-night entertainment. A nightclub sets up residency Thursday–Saturday nights, and jazz musicians improvise their way through tunes in the dining room each Friday and Saturday.

211 S 1st St.
San Jose,
CA
US

Lou’s Cafe: A User’s Guide

Generously Stacked Sandwiches | Toasted to Order | Housemade Sauces and Spreads

Sample Menu

  • Sandwich: LLB Special—roast beef, turkey, ham, swiss, provolone, and Lou’s Special Sauce on dutch crunch
  • Side: new england clam chowder
  • Beverage: iced caffe mocha

About the Owners: After 19 years in a delicatessen catering department, Ramana Brodeth knew her way around a sandwich. In 2010, she and her sons, TJ and Mark, opened Lou’s Cafe. One of them is always behind the counter, crafting inventive, satisfying sandwiches and topping them with Lou’s Special Sauce, a housemade garlic-and-herb aioli.

From the Press

  • “This family run cafe in San Francisco's Richmond District is exactly what a good sandwich shop should be - incredibly welcoming, with fresh, filling sandwiches at honest prices.” — SFGate
  • “The fixings are primo, to be sure, but its Lou’s sauces and breads that separate them from the San Francisco sandwich pack.” — The Daily Meal
  • “We're partial to the LLB Special on Dutch Crunch, but we think the breakfast sandwich is the most rave-worthy item here.” — SF Weekly

Inside Tips

  • Because seating is sparse, most customers take their orders to go.
  • Don’t be daunted by a long line—it moves pretty quickly.
  • To minimize your wait, download GoPago to order from your phone. When you get to Lou’s, skip the line and go straight to the GoPago pickup spot.

Vocab Lesson
Dutch crunch: also called “tiger bread,” this roll features a mottled exterior that hides a soft, chewy center. Bakers use sesame oil to lend it a distinct aroma, and paint the top with rice paste before baking it to create a cracked appearance and salty-sweet flavor.

While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Take a stroll through Clement Nursery (1921 Clement Street), the oldest in SF, housed in lovingly restored farm buildings.

After: Make a picnic of it and let the kids run around the renovated Argonne Playground (18th Avenue & Geary Boulveard); three picnic tables sit alongside the tennis courts.

5017 Geary Blvd
San Francisco,
CA
US

Samba's menu spans continents, uniting dishes toasted over the leaping flames of a Brazilian grill with those cooked in the heated clay interior of a tandoor oven. Samba's signature rodizio dinners deliver skewered meats to tables, where they are carved by servers directly onto diners' plates. Picanha, a cut of beef, is a popular choice. For those who would rather not indulge in the all-you-can-eat option, the picanha burger?covered in mozzarella, grilled mushrooms, and peppers?offers a taste of the Brazilian beef.

Indian offerings include seven types of naan bread, chicken tikka masala, and biryani rice entrees. Samba serves Mediterranean as well, from hummus appetizers to shish kebab lunches and pizzas dotted with feta cheese.

Though the food comes from various regions, the venue positions diners under the same sky?or at least a ceiling charmingly painted to mimic the clouds. Samba also celebrates birthdays with exceptional fanfare: drums, tambourines, and song, instead of the traditional treat of fine-dining establishments, a lobster clutching candles in its claws. This excitement also extends to the upcoming 2014 World Cup beginning in June, during which the restaurant will air the contests with a family-friendly atmosphere.

6737 N Palm Ave
Fresno,
CA
US

When Capital Public Radio reporter Elaine Corn visited Kathmandu Kitchen in 2009, she spoke to two servers—Paritosh and Rosy—who explained the nuances of their native Nepalese cuisine. A small yet diverse country, Nepal draws from distinct culinary influences: Tibet and China to the north and India along the south. As such, diners viewing Kathmandu Kitchen’s menu for the first time are greeted with a cross section of its varied cuisine, which includes Tibetan-style pan-fried noodles, tandoor-cooked chicken tikka masala, and fiery curries seasoned with cumin and garlic. The uninitiated are the lucky ones; Rosy explains that having first-time visitors to the restaurant is one of her favorite things. “If I find a person coming for the first time in this restaurant, I’ll be the happiest person at that moment. Because we feel it’s really important that people from America are valuing us, too, through our food.” Tables clad in white linens and a mural of the Himalayas surround Nepal’s beloved regional dishes, which coalesce perfectly in the form of thali, a tray filled with a harmonious blend of dumplings, flatbread, and lentils crowned with a main course.

Kathmandu Kitchen’s wide spectrum of aromatic and authentic vegetarian, chicken, lamb, and seafood entrees pleases just about every palate. The eatery has earned recognition from a host of local sources, including spots on the Top Five Best Indian restaurants list by CityVoter and the Top 100 list by Local Eats.

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