Food & Drink in Concord

One or Two Hookahs with Fruit Bowls at Wicked Mirage Hookah Lounge (Up to 42% Off)

Wicked Mirage Hookah Lounge

Multiple Locations

$25 $15

(76)

Hookah bowls come in fruit flavors such as raspberry, melon, and mango

$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

$29 for $50 worth of French-California Fusion Cuisine at La Sen Bistro

La Sen Bistro

Downtown Concord

$50 $29

(169)

French cuisine such as duck confit, beef braised in Burgundy wine, and traditional french-onion soup

$15 for Pizza with 2-Liter Soda at Papa John's - East Bay (Up to $26.99 Value)

Papa John's - East Bay

Multiple Locations

$26.99 $15

Hand-tossed extra-large pizzas showcase tangy sauce made from California-grown tomatoes and a choice of fresh veggies and meats

Barbecue Dinner for Two or Four with Beer and Sides at Slow Hand BBQ (Up to $34.80 Off)

Slow Hand BBQ

Pleasant Hill

$38.90 $22

(236)

Beef brisket, baby-back ribs, and pulled pork cooked by a pit master who has sampled regional barbecue specialties from across the U.S.

$25 for $40 Towards Two Complete Moroccan Dinners at El Morocco

El Morocco

Pleasant Hill

$40 $25

(140)

Surrounded by plush floor cushions and twirling belly dancers, low tables bear complete multi-course dinners

American Food and Microbrews for Two or Four at Magoo’s Grill (Up to 55% Off)

Magoo's Grill

Pleasant Hill

$32 $17

(73)

Neighborhood grill has slung classic burgers, fish tacos, and microbrews for 25 years in dining room with DirecTV or on outdoor patio

"Murder at the Tropicabana" at Zio Fraedo's (Up to 54% Off)

"Murder at the Tropicabana"

Zio Fraedo's

$127.06 $59

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Audiences help Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel unravel a farcical crime while dining from an Italian buffet

$5 Buys You a Coupon for 20% Off Your Order at Pinky's Pizza

Pinky's Pizza

Downtown Walnut Creek

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 20% off your order

Japanese Cuisine and Sushi for Dinner at Mika's Sushi (Up to 42% Off). Two Options Available.

Mika's Sushi

Contra Costa Centre

$30 $18

Pairs or groups of four or more split a variety of fish-filled maki or vegetarian or vegan rolls; traditional Japanese dishes also available

$11 for $20 Worth of Healthy Buffet Food at Fresh Choice

Fresh Choice

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

Health-focused restaurant redefines the buffet experience with locally grown produce and made-from-scratch entrées

$59 for Two Gift Cards, Each Good for $50 of Mexican Cuisine at Maria Maria La Cantina ($100 Total Value)

Maria Maria La Cantina

Multiple Locations

$100 $59

(959)

Creative tacos, seafood, and other cuisine from Mexico's Pacific Coast at a cantina with art from partner Carlos Santana and live music

Brunch and Mimosas or Japanese Dinner for Two or Four at Hamachi Restaurant and Lounge (Up to 43% Off)

Hamachi Restaurant and Lounge

Downtown Walnut Creek

$46 $29

(124)

Brunch dishes such as coconut tuna ceviche alongside sushi rolls and Japanese dinners such as teriyaki beef and chicken katsu

Reserve Wine Tastings for Two or Four at Scott Harvey Wines Tasting Room (Half Off)

Scott Harvey Wines Tasting Room

Sutter Creek

$42 $21

(16)

Sip on reserve wines crafted by master winemaker Scott Harvey before taking home a bottle of zinfandel, barbera, or syrah

$12 for $20 Worth of Pizza, Salads, and Hoagies at Pancoast Pizza

Pancoast Pizza

Downtown Walnut Creek

$20 $12

(135)

East Coast–style pizza made with homemade sauce and complemented by salads and hoagies

Comfort Food at Home of Chicken and Waffles (Up to 40% Off)

Home of Chicken and Waffles

Downtown Walnut Creek

$20 $12

(411)

‘60s-themed diner serves sweet-and-salty chicken and waffles combinations and Southern-style soul food such as grits and warm biscuits

$5 Buys You a Coupon for 10% Off Six Bottles of Reserve Wine at Viano Winery

Viano Winery

Vine Hill

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 10% off six bottles of wine from the reserve selection.

Three or Five $10 Groupons for Breakfast and Lunch Food at The Village Cafe (Half Off)

The Village Cafe

Martinez

$10 $5

Homemade Belgian waffles, omelets, and pancakes for breakfast, and California burritos, BLTs, burgers, and Monte Cristo sandwich for lunch

Pizza at Napoli Pizza & Pasta (Up to 38% Off). Two Options Available.

Napoli Pizza & Pasta

Benicia

$40 $25

Up to 15 specialty pizzas with regular or gluten free crusts, such as Mega Meat with sausage, pepperoni, salami, canadian bacon & linguicia

$15 for Pizza with 2-Liter Soda at Papa John's (Up to $26.99 Value)

Papa John's - Danville

Danville

$26.99 $15

Hand-tossed extra-large pizzas showcase tangy sauce made from California-grown tomatoes and a choice of fresh veggies and meats

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

$22 for a Romantic Dinner for Two with Drinks at a Mystery Location Near Elmwood (Up to $45.70 Value)

Ethiopia Restaurant

Elmwood

$45.70 $22

Enjoy a three-course meal and drinks at a romantic date night spot near Elmwood—but you won't find out where until you buy the deal

Himalayan and Indian Cuisine at Himalayan Flavors (Up to 53% Off). Three Options Available.

Himalayan Flavors

North Berkeley

$24 $12

Chefs create Indian and Nepalese dishes, such as chicken chow mein, lamb vindaloo, and gulab jamun, served in a saffron-colored dining room

$20 for $40 Worth of Artisan Pizzas and Pastas at Pizza MODA

Pizza MODA

Northwest Berkeley

$40 $20

Organic thin-crust pizzas, inventive pastas and salads, and a variety of vegan and vegetarian dishes

$12 for $20 Worth of Espresso and Italian Food at Caffe Trieste

Caffe Trieste

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

(421)

Light Italian fare such as paninis, steaming-hot lattes, and breakfast pastries served at this cozy Oakland spot

Weekday Brunch with Bottomless Mimosas for Two, Four, or Six at Cafe M (Up to 40% Off)

Cafe M

Northwest Berkeley

$58 $35

(677)

Artfully prepared brunch food, from crab cake benedicts to french toast stuffed with strawberry-jalapeno jam

Mediterranean Lunch Fare for Two or Dinner Fare for Two or Four at Arabica Mediterranean Cuisine (Up to 45% Off)

Arabica Mediterranean Cuisine

Berkeley

$20 $11

(65)

Organic and sustainable Mediterranean dishes such as stuffed grape leaves, beet and heirloom tomato salad, or pizza with pine nut pesto

$10 for $20 Worth of Nepalese and Indian Cuisine at Taste of the Himalayas in Berkeley

Taste of the Himalayas - Berkeley

North Berkeley

$20 $10

(420)

House-made cheese simmered in curry sauce, chicken tandoori, and salmon in a piquant vindaloo sauce

Indian Food and Drinks at Mint Leaf (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Mint Leaf

North Berkeley

$30 $15

(293)

Traditional Northern Indian dishes made with organic produce, free-range meats, and artisan spices handpicked in India

Italian Prix-Fixe Dinner for Two or Four at Belli Osteria (Up to 33% Off)

Belli Osteria

Downtown Berkeley

$86 $59

(145)

Pair drinks with four courses of Italian cuisine, including antipasti, insalate, pasta, and secondi

Indian and Nepali Food at Mount Everest Restaurant (Up to 47% Off). Four Options Available.

Mount Everest Restaurant

Berkeley

$18 $10

(308)

Tandoor oven-cooked meats and Nepali curries served in bilevel dining room with outdoor balcony

$20 for $40 Worth of North Indian Food at Khana Peena

Khana Peena

Berkeley Hills

$40 $20

(164)

A menu of North Indian cuisine covers samosas, tandoor-cooked meats, and seafood dishes such as lobster-papaya curry

Indian and Nepalese Lunch or Dinner for Two at Everest Cafe (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Everest Cafe

Berkeley Hills

$20 $10

(111)

Indian and Nepalese curries with goat, lamb, and chicken alongside vegan options

$15 for a 45-Minute Chocolate-Tasting Tour for Two at Alegio Chocolaté / Claudio Corallo ($30 Value)

Alegio Chocolaté / Claudio Corallo

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

(106)

Guides tell visitors the story of Alegio's history and African cacao plantation while sharing 12 samples of all-natural chocolate

Dine-In or Takeout Sushi Dinner for Two or Four at Sushi Secrets (Up to 45% Off)

Sushi Secrets

Berkeley

$20 $12

(14)

Bubble tea, sushi rolls, and inventive sushirittos fill tummies with both classic and novel takes on Japan's unique style of cuisine

North Indian Food at Mehak Indian Cuisine (Up to 49% Off). Two Options Available.

Mehak Indian Cuisine

Berkeley

$24 $14

(127)

North Indian curry dishes, meats, and seafood cooked in clay oven and fresh-baked naan bread top white tablecloths amid burgundy accents

One or Two Groupons, Each Good for One Large Pizza with Salad and Drink at Giant New York Pizza (49% Off)

Giant New York Pizza

Vallejo

$29.21 $15

(36)

The pizzeria lives up to its name by pairing giant, thin-crust pizzas with caesar salads and fountain sodas

$5 Buys You a Coupon for a Free Pound of Coffee with a Purchase of Five or More Pounds of Coffee at Moschetti

Moschetti

Vallejo

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for a free pound of coffee with the purchase of five or more pounds of coffee.

$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

Mexican Dinner or Takeout at Mi Jacalito (Up to 50% Off)

Mi Jacalito

Vallejo

$14 $7

Mexican restaurant serves up seafood specialties alongside tacos and burritos

Sushi Meal for Two with a Nigiri Combo or Two Special Rolls and House Sake at Taki Sushi (Up to 51% Off)

Taki Sushi

Richmond Annex

$28 $14

(112)

Sushi chefs with more than 30 years combined experience compose a menu that includes sashimi and nearly 20 special rolls

Two or Four Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Hot Dogs at Brentwood Dog House (Up to Half Off)

Brentwood Dog House

Brentwood

$10 $5.50

All-beef hot dogs covered in chili, served Chicago style, or custom-made to suit appetites with toppings such as jalapeños and sauerkraut

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10.50 Worth of Mission-Style Tacos at Taco Del Mar ($21 Value)

Taco Del Mar

Brentwood

$10.50 $5.50

Baja-California inspired tacos and burritos made with fresh ingredients

$12 for $20 Worth of Baked Goods at Nothing Bundt Cakes of Emeryville

Nothing Bundt Cakes of Emeryville

Emeryville

$20 $12

(98)

Pecan praline and lemon bundt cakes made with fresh eggs and real butter and adorned with frosting petals, bows, and silk flowers

Homestyle Diner Food for Two or Four at Sukie's Country Kitchen (Up to 40% Off)

Sukie's Country Kitchen

San Pablo

$24 $15.50

(85)

Chefs drizzle their signature country gravy on biscuits, chicken-fried steak, and hash browns or cook up eggs and sandwiches to order

The Dinner Detective at Waterfront Hotel (Up to 43% Off)

The Dinner Detective

Waterfront Hotel

$203.20 $116

Guests attempt to solve a mystery while dining on a four-course meal

$15 for $20 Worth of West Coast Cuisine and Drinks for Two or More People at Z Café & Bar

Z Café & Bar

Oakland

$20 $15

(183)

California-style salads, seafood, and burgers made from fresh ingredients

$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

Lunch Combo for Two or Catering for 20 at Bissap Baobab (Up to 46% Off)

Bissap Baobab Oakland

Oakland

$26 $14

Oakland outpost of the popular San Francisco restaurant serves Senegalese cuisine such as wraps, curry, and crepes

Upscale Comfort Food at Homespun Fare (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Homespun Fare

Oakland

$30 $15

Seasonal ingredients form the basis of such American eats as grilled lamb chops, polenta fries, and pan-seared tilapia in parchment paper

Bay Area Dinner Show Magic and Variety Performance for One or Two (Up to 43% Off)

Bay Area Dinner Show

Multiple Locations

$100 $60

Magician Dan Chan leads a cast of comedians and illusionists during a dinner and variety show

Pub Food and Drinks at Diamonds Sports Bar & Grill (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Diamonds Sports Bar & Grill

Oakland

$20 $11

Pub with numerous 42 in. flat-screen TVs and located in Holiday Inn & Suites Oakland Airport serves up steak, burgers, and roasted chicken

Upscale Cuisine for Dinner at 3000 Broadway (30% Off). Two Options Available.

3000 Broadway

Oakland Ave - Harrison St

$30 $21

Sports bar creates upscale cuisine such as baked mussels, garlic prawns pasta, honey barbecue baby back ribs, and whole crab

$35.25 for a Peruvian Dinner with Ceviche and Causas Tastings for Two at Tambo Restaurant (Up to $77 Value)

Tambo Restaurant

Downtown

$77 $35.25

(35)

Ceviche and causas platters precede a choice of small plates, including beef brochettes or sweet-corn empanadas, as well as a shared dessert

Ethiopian Meal for Two or Four at Barcote Ethiopian Restaurant (Up to 59% Off)

Barcote Ethiopian Restaurant

Oakland

$42.35 $18

Spongy injera bread acts as edible utensil to sop up dishes of tender lamb, spiced chicken in berbere sauce, and split lentils

$16 for $30 Worth of Mediterranean Moroccan Fusion Dinner for Two at American Natural Food & Cafe

American Natural Food & Cafe

Paradise Park

$30 $16

(59)

French-inspired Moroccan cuisine alongside Mediterranean classics, including hummus, dolmas, couscous, fish sandwiches

Northern Coastal Italian Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Lungomare (28% Off)

Lungomare

Jack London Square

$40 $29

(263)

Waterfront restaurant serves handmade pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and fresh seafood on a scenic patio with occasional live music

Steaks, Chops, and More for Dinner or Brunch at Bourbon & Beef (50% Off)

Bourbon & Beef

Oakland

$60 $30

(143)

Dishes prepared with local ingredients include seared goat cheese, crispy smoked duck legs, and wagyu beef ravioli

Italian Dinner Cuisine at Il Pescatore Ristorante (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Il Pescatore Ristorante

Produce and Waterfront

$50 $30

(179)

Diners can dig into a variety of authentic Italian dishes, such as veal T-bone with rosemary and housemade gelato with fresh fruit

$35 for $50 for Pub Food at Crogan's Montclair

Crogan's Montclair

Montclair Business

$50 $35

Traditional and creative pub cuisine fills the menu at eatery that straddles the line between casual public house and family restaurant

Up to 50% Off Ethiopian Cuisine — Sheba Dining; Valid Friday, Saturday 5:30 PM - 10 PM

Sheba Dining

Downtown

$40 $20

A world-wise chef with a seasoned palate prepares meat and vegan dishes and often substitutes herb-infused olive oil for butter

Up to 25% Off Coffee & Tea — Grand Lake Coffee House; Valid Every Day 2 PM - 5 PM

Grand Lake Coffee House

Oakland

$8 $6

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

Comfort Food at Home of Chicken and Waffles (Up to 40% Off)

Home of Chicken and Waffles

Oakland

$20 $12

(1603)

‘60s-themed diner serves sweet-and-salty chicken and waffles combinations and Southern-style soul food such as grits and warm biscuits

Filipino Comfort Food at Kainbigan (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Kainbigan Restaurant

Oakland

$20 $12

In honor of Kainbigan's one year anniversary, enjoy Filipino comfort food such as Zagat-rated adobo dishes and all-day breakfast specials

$15 for $30 Worth of Vietnamese Cuisine at Vo's Restaurant

Vo's Restaurant

Downtown

$30 $15

(270)

Vietnamese restaurant that fuses together European, Southeast Asian, and American traditions

Eclectic Comfort Food at Claremont Diner (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Claremont Diner

Rockridge

$22 $11

(162)

Classic comfort food includes the signature salmon burger, chicken salad,and savory sandwiches

$49 for a Mexican Meal with Drinks for Two at El Gusano Restaurante Taqueria & Cantina (Up to $61 Value)

El Gusano Restaurante Taqueria & Cantina

Old City

$61 $49

House speciality guacamole, with lime juice, cilantro, and jalapeños, complements classic Mexican dishes and frosty cocktails

Southern Food for Two at Nellie's Soulfood Restaurant & Bar (30% Off)

Nellie's Soulfood Restaurant & Bar

Oakland

$40 $28

(257)

Chefs prepare Southern-style dishes such as deep-fried or grilled oysters, fried chicken, and barbecue baby back ribs

Chinese Cuisine for Two or Four or More at Great Wall Chinese Restaurant (45% Off)

Great Wall Chinese Restaurant

Oakland

$20 $11

Vegetarian dishes and seafood plates cooked in spicy szechuan sauces such as sweet 'n' sour "pork, mapo tofu, and shrimp in black bean sauce

Devour Food & Beer Fest for Two or Four on Saturday, September 27 (50% Off)

Devour Food & Beer Fest

Oakport Lot

$200 $100

Sample cuisine from more than 30 food booths alongside sips of wine and craft beer on Saturday, September 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

$20 Buys You a Coupon for 10% Off Catering Services When You Rent The Venue At Full Price at High Street Station Cafe

High Street Station Cafe

Alameda

$20 $20

For $20, receive a coupon for 10% off catering services when you rent the venue at full price

Italian Dinner for Two or Four with Appetizers, Entrees, Wine, and Dessert at Pasta Pelican (Up to 51% Off)

Pasta Pelican

Alameda

$70 $35

(246)

Fettuccine alfredo, pan-seared chicken, and pepperoni pizza served in a waterfront restaurant with views of the Oakland–Alameda Estuary

18-Inch, Two-Topping Pizza with 2-Liter Soda, Valid for Dine-In or Take-Out at Red Pepper Pizza (Up to 42% Off)

Red Pepper Pizza

Sheffield Village

$25.96 $15

Cheesy 18-inch pizzas can be topped with your choice of toppings, like mushrooms, bell peppers, sausage, artichoke hearts, or jalapeños

$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

Mediterranean Cuisine at Shami Restaurant (Up to 47% Off). Four Options Available.

Shami Restaurant

Ashland

$20 $12

(142)

Eatery dishes out cuisine such as hummus, falafel wraps, beef kebabs, and chicken shawarma, as well as burgers and chicken nuggets

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

Johnny Carino's

Fairfield

$20 $10

(148)

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 Vegetarian Indian Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Chaat Bhavan

Chaat Bhavan

Dublin

$20 $12

Enjoy vegetarian menu of Indian snacks—or chaats—such as veggie fritters served with chutney or stuffed potato patties with a chickpea curry

Three-Course Indian Dinner for Two or Four at Citrus Indian Fusion (Up to 43% Off). Groupon Reservation Required.

Citrus Indian Fusion

Dublin

$39.94 $24

(98)

Beyond yellow brick façade & twinkling string lights, skilled chefs whip up tandoor-cooked fish & lamb, zesty masala & oven-baked bread

Wine Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at Heller Estate Organic Vineyards (Up to 53% Off)

Heller Estate Organic Vineyards

Carmel Valley Village

$20 $11

(38)

Sample award-winning wines aged in French oak barrels and made from grapes grown in the vineyards that make the property so picturesque

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With more than 700 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company’s product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets. Blended drinks dominate the menu, with options including fruit refreshers—made with naturally hydrating, electrolytic coconut water—and pre-boosted smoothies that can fill nutritional gaps with infusions of protein, immunity boosters, or antioxidants that neutralize accidentally swallowed pool water. The drink list also includes organic house-blend coffee and Mighty Leaf teas flavored with hibiscus flowers or peppermint. For those with heartier appetites, steel-cut oats steep in soymilk before being enhanced with toppings such as apples, cinnamon, and brown-sugar crumble. The lunch hour presents a trio of california flatbreads, each packing only about 320–420 calories, which can be pleasantly capped off with cups of Whirl’ns frozen yogurt.

1975 Diamond Blvd
Concord,
CA
US

The appetizer list at Bravo Bistro touts a world of choices, almost literally. Fresh ahi tuna with crunchy wontons sits just beneath salmon carpaccio, giving way to shrimp and scallop ceviche and pomme frites drizzled in truffle oil. The international influence stems from owner and chef Habib El Jacifi, who learned to execute French, Spanish, and Mediterranean recipes growing up in Casablanca, Morocco. Contra Costa Times reviewer Ann Tatko-Peterson had admired Habib’s work at his first restaurant, Fiore, and a visit to Bravo inspired her to gush that the bistro is "proof that experience can lead to perfection.” According to Ann, diners might be loath to efface artfully presented dishes such as gamberi with tiger shrimp and crab, but in doing so will taste a creamy parmesan she likened to the best sauces from Italy. The menu’s entrees are mostly Italian, but patrons will notice subtly multicultural accents such as the apple chutney that sweetens the pork chops or the saffron sauce and caramelized onions that crown the oven-roasted chicken. Sunday brunch furthers the gastronomic globetrotting as diners trek through a prix fixe menu that has featured croissants, chicken penne pesto, quiche, and braised beef stew.

1050 Contra Costa Blvd
Pleasant Hill,
CA
US

Aqueous hues of neon blue and purple wash over visitors to Agave Grill as they take a seat beneath a larger-than-life strip of sinuous camera film. This cinematic environ hosts cuisine blending traditional Mexican dishes with Spanish influence, mimicking the confluence of cultures in Latin America. In addition to steaming enchiladas and burritos, chefs create entrees of tender marinated carnitas or steak picado covered in cayenne-pepper sauce. Schools of seafood populate the kitchen's specialty roster, from fresh-fish tacos to paella—in which simmering saffron rice is surrounded by sausage, scallops, prawns, and other morsels. Beneath bas-reliefs of Aztec and Mayan-style masks, the staff serves libations from a lengthy library of tequila and mescal, neat or spun into margaritas.

Agave also boasts an attached nightclub, where spiraling lights surround the revelers within. DJs spin tunes in two different rooms, one devoted to salsa and Latin rock and the other thrumming with R&B and house music—which is not when furnace and faucet sounds sync up to the tune of “Born in the U.S.A.”

1935 Galindo St
Concord,
CA
US

For generations, Ivalina and Adelio’s family have jotted down guidelines for crafting dishes in the tradition of Zacatecas, a north-central region of Mexico. Today, the father-daughter duo reap the rewards of their ancestors’ ingenuity and excellent penmanship at Memo's Mexican Cuisine, an eatery spotlighted by Check, Please! for its exceptional eats. Its chefs intertwine fresh ingredients, many hailing from local farmers' markets, and house-made sauces into dishes made fresh every day. Nicknamed The Royal Dish, chicken pipian is a signature dish and a traditional wedding-day entree, which showcases a chicken breast coated with an original sauce containing pumpkin seed, nine chilies, and 12 different herbs. At the bar, a wide selection of quality tequilas tempt shot glasses or find their way into margaritas. Catering services offer the same libations and fare without the restaurant's saffron and blue walls, which are partially obscured behind Mexican artwork.

2118 Mount Diablo St
Concord,
CA
US

Toscana Ristorante may have opened only in 2006, but chef Samuel Figueroa's culinary chops are of a much thicker cut. Over the course of a 17-year career, which includes a degree from the School of Italian Food Art in Rome, he's honed a large repertoire of traditional Italian fare. In Toscana's kitchen, he and his staff flavor fillets of salmon and veal with accents such as blackberry, lemon butter, and fresh sage. Fillings such as pumpkin, shrimp, and shiitake mushroom stuff raviolis, and marinara and alfredo sauces slather pastas.

Servers transport these and other plates past enormous arched windows in the dining room, which has a floor crisscrossed with elegant arcs of natural light. Racks and shelves behind the blond-wood bar supply white-clothed tables with bottles of wine and spirits. Alternatively, on the verdant outdoor patio, overhanging foliage provides shade for customers and free dessert for their docile pet giraffes.

2151 Salvio St. Suite I
Concord,
CA
US

The dough wizards at Papa John's hand toss circular masterpieces with original and thin crusts made from high-protein flour to support warm bouquets of toppings. Hand-cut produce crowns all of Papa John's pizzas, mingling with the sun-soaked sweetness of sauce made from fresh, California-grown tomatoes. By adhering to its brand promise of "better ingredients, better pizza," Papa John's grew from a back-tavern pizzeria into more than 3,500 restaurants within three decades' time, or the amount of time it takes to grow a single pizzeria from a small seed.

4669 Clayton Rd Ste C
Concord,
CA
US

Concord Scene