Dishes of salmon tartare and bacon-fried rice glide through the dining room of The Red Crane, as if imitating the flight of the restaurant's namesake. They land atop crisp white tablecloths, which cover tables dotted with glowing tea candles. In the kitchen, chefs prepare other contemporary renditions of classic Asian cuisine, using traditional recipes to create teriyaki sauce and enhancing other dishes with modern design principles. Brimming with tuna, salmon, hamachi, and three types of vegetables, the chefs' signature rainbow ceviche is more colorful than a sunset during a paintball tournament.
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.
The philosophy at Jazen Tea is pretty straightforward—use fresh ingredients to create refreshing and healthy drinks. Every day, the staffers brew their teas from high-quality Taiwanese leaves and infuse the concoctions with fresh fruits, never using powdered mixes. Inside the colorful shops, they also serve up fresh-fruit smoothies topped with housemade whipped cream and other invigorating elixirs, such as the Treat-N-Sip, a blend of iced milk, caramel, honey boba, and egg pudding.
Anyone yearning for Hawaii’s balmy breezes might do well to visit J & J Hawaiian Barbecue, a Cupertino eatery where cooks prepare classics such as Kalua pig and loco moco—the medley of rice, hamburger, and egg that’s ubiquitous throughout the tropical state. The menu also reflects Hawaii’s strong Asian influences with dishes such as teriyaki rice and chicken katsu. Diners can sip Hawaiian Sun beverages in tropical flavors such as green tea-lychee or guava nectar.
Picture in your mind a buffet. You're probably not thinking of locally grown vegetables and homemade soups, but that's exactly what you'll find at Fresh Choice. The restaurant essentially redefines what a buffet can be, filling tray after tray with organic produce and made-from-scratch entrées. Much of what you'll find is culled from Fresh Choice's very own 100+ acre farm, whose owners pride themselves on growing sustainable vegetables and crunchy salad crutons.