Following Baja Fresh’s ethos set in 1990 as a healthy take on fast food, never-frozen meats sizzle atop the grill before they're tucked into made-to-order tacos and burritos. Grilled corn and flour tortillas embrace fish, carnitas, chicken, and steak, and smoky queso fundido sidles onto nachos and into burritos. Between bites, chips scoop up salsa made from farm-fresh produce rather than poured out of a can or fabricated in a space-age replicator. A complimentary salsa bar ensures no mouthful goes unspiced, and guests can scoop up their favorites as they await their dine-in, takeout, or catering orders.
Homestead Bowl welcomes friends and families to hurl balls down 32 glistening lanes equipped with electronic scoring and gutter returns. A medley of drafts and bottled brews such as Pabst Blue Ribbon, Newcastle, and Guinness stock shelves in The X Bar, a full-service sports bar where bowlers can celebrate strikes with live music and Friday-night karaoke. The bar also tends to college nostalgia with beer pong and weekly billiards tournaments.
Having already served more than 1 billion buffalo wings, Wingstop perpetuates its fast-growing poultry franchise by smothering its fried wings in nine succulent sauces. The taste-bud-tickling menu fills stomachs’ chicken-shaped holes with a variety of edibles, including made-to-order wings tossed with hawaiian, teriyaki, and hickory-smoked barbecue tastes. An order of 10 wings ($6.99) tempts tongues in regular, boneless, or bionic flocks, and creamy portions of homemade coleslaw ($1.99) and potato salad ($1.99) act as rich proxies between meaty mouthfuls. The 10-wing combo ($9.49) sates individual eaters with up to two flavors and one dip, fries, a 20-ounce drink, and a semipermanent saucy moustache. The savory aroma of the 35-piece family pack ($26.49) fills a minivan or oversize Flexible Flyer with wafts of wings swathed in as many as three sauce flavors and accompanied by three dips (ranch, blue cheese, or honey-mustard). Supplemental crispy veggie sticks settle overspiced tongues, and the large basket of fries fuels families with an arrangement of freshly culled tuber blossoms.
The winner of Palo Alto Weekly's Best Breakfast award for more than 20 years, Hobee's remains a Silicon Valley institution where night owls and early birds flock together over generous portions of home-cooked delectables in a cozy, casual atmosphere. Browse the menu for a breakfast of three sweet-potato pancakes ($6.75), any of six hash-brown varieties ($7.97), or the Hi Hat Ommie—a combination of diced ham and jack and cheddar cheeses, with country-style hash browns hidden inside like human dignity inside a San Diego Chicken costume ($9.75). Otherwise, prop up eyelids with a simmering cup of Hobee's famous cinnamon orange tea ($2.35) paired with its equally famous blueberry coffee cake ($2.50). Late arrivals to Hobee's can still tickle their taste buds with a bouquet of options such as the honey-pineapple teriyaki salmon ($10.95), the grilled chicken with tropical fruit salsa ($10.95), or the Very Gouda BBQ burger piled high with caramelized onions, rich barbeque sauce, and a Wisconsin's worth of gouda ($9.25).
Forget the days of using crêpes as tea cozies and pogs. Today's Groupon finds a new use for them—food. For $7, you get $15 worth of quality crêpes and treats at Bonjour Crepe Company in Cupertino. These francophone foodstuffs are served inside an accurate simulacrum of a French café, making it a great place to wear your beret, introduce your wife to your various mistresses, and ruefully observe how le mort adds a deliciously bittersweet edge to even the most sugary crêpe.
Featured on the Travel Channel's Man vs. Food for its daredevil-worthy Hellfire Challenge, Smoke Eaters invites customers to enjoy an all-American feast) of wings, burgers, wings, beer, and wings. Wings and tenders are fueled with seven levels of heat, ranging from mild to inferno, and can be slathered with a variety of sauces, such as fiery garlic, trippin’ teriyaki, or honey, honey barbeque. For those afraid of flying on the scalding wings of deliciousness, the menu also stars a hearty lineup of sandwiches, burgers, and Mexican-style fare. Burst a hunger bubble with popular finger foods like jalapeno poppers ($4.99), or dive straight into a big cheeseburger ($5.75) or a BBQ chicken sandwich ($5.25), which comes seasoned, grilled, and topped with special wing sauce crafted from Thomas Hayden Church’s forgotten appeal. A traditional wing house, Smoke Eaters cooks using no MSG or trans fats in any of its fare.