A native of Paris, Executive Chef Christian Nam-Hee sharpened his knife skills and his palate at l'Ecole de Paris des M?tiers de la Table. Today he lets his know-how blossom and wander in the kitchen of Bijou Restaurant & Bar, blending the culinary traditions of his homeland with the flavors found in northern California's seasonal organic ingredients. From his pans and cutting boards spring forth sweet-potato frites, quail stuffed with napa cabbage, and other dishes that embody the menu's inventive fusion spirit. To complement such an aesthetically poignant dining experience, the space itself?designed by DesignPlus's Pia Thomas?remains sleek and focused. The centerpiece is the bar, which glows a dreamy, iridescent amber that's complemented by ring chandeliers and absorbed by Italian leather chairs, a lounge area's plush velvet cushions, and tabletop black holes.
The cooks in Avocado Freddy’s kitchen, located in new downtown Hayward, have the pleasure of opening crates of produce straight from the vine, tree, or farm. The fresh contents of those crates fill their stations with the ingredients they use to customize their burritos, salads, and tacos. Diners can pick their own toppings including avocado, jicama, and limes, or opt for one of Freddy’s favorites such as the Cheesy Pleasy, with 100% Angus ground beef, extra cheese, and cilantro-lime rice, or the Fruity Adventure with rotisserie chicken, strawberries, and mint vinaigrette. Available options for all meals include shrimp, steak, grilled chicken, slow-roasted pulled pork, and Angus ground beef. Staff members also blend custom smoothies to order from bananas, blueberries, and watermelon.
Hot Dog on a Stick Founder Dave Barham opened his first Hot Dog on a Stick in Santa Monica in 1946, and the company has since burgeoned into an employee-owned franchise that's more than 100 eateries strong and spans 11 states. Best known for a 100% turkey hot dog dunked in corn-bread batter made from Dave's mother's recipe and cooked in soy oil, Hot Dog on a Stick also pioneered the dipping and be-sticking of mild american and spicy jalapeño jack cheese. Smiling employees in red-, white-, and blue-striped uniforms with, as Dave put it, "a splash of lemonade," hand over cherry, lime, sugar-free, or original lemonade that they make fresh every two hours by squeezing Ventura County lemons until they cry.
At La Salsa, we bring the real taste and flavors of Mexico to life. Our open and inviting kitchen atmosphere, friendly staff, fresh ingredients, freshly prepared food and our amazing salsa bar filled with unique salsas that let our customers explore for themselves a multitude of ways to make our good food great!
At Crabaholic, the fanciest article of clothing you're likely to see is a plastic lobster bib. Don't be fooled by this, or the paper-topped tables; lurking beneath Crabaholic's down-home atmosphere is a host of intricately flavored sealife.
Whether the chefs are filling their boiling pots with lobster, crawfish, oysters, escargot, or any of four breeds of crab, they lock in the flavors of the bayou with liberal doses of cajun spice tailored to each diner's preferred heat level and seasoning. Crabaholic does not limit itself to cajun flavors, either. The dungeness crab might just as easily surprise the palate with a glaze of tamarind or Singapore sauce. Likewise, the restaurant stocks wines, sakes, and Korean soju along with a full complement of domestic and international beers. Adding to the experience of piling up empty half-shells and hollow claws are the undersea murals along the walls and ceiling, complete with surf paraphernalia and life preservers for diners who are a little too hands-on about selecting their lobster.
Eating a burger with chopsticks is normally frowned upon. At FireWok Express, however, nobody will judge you if you try. In fact, the eclectic menu, which nestles meaty American sandwiches next to classic Asian eats, almost encourages such brash experimentation. In addition to serving up Chinese dishes, such as kung pao chicken and mandarin beef, the kitchen staff prepares five types of burgers made with America’s beloved Angus beef, which is the only food item mentioned in the Bill of Rights. They also offer a create-your-own entree option that allows customers to glaze chicken, pork, or beef with a choice of six homemade sauces, including general tso sauce, which also graces the eatery’s Firewok burger.