Ben and Jerry’s shops offer a variety of frozen concoctions, from milkshakes to brownie or cookie sundaes. The frozen creamery is also a proficient cakery with a proud stock of ice-cream cakes. The website even boasts a virtual cake-builder that helps walk cake-couturists through the steps of designing their own delicious desserts, such as choosing the shape, size, flavors, toppings, and whether they’d prefer it to say “Happy Birthday," “Congratulations," or “Congratulations on the Anniversary of Your Birth." Cakes, like all of Ben and Jerry’s delicious ice-cream flavors, are made with fair-trade ingredients whenever possible, upholding their mission statement and commitment to activism.
Presidio pays homage to its namesake waterfront park with a San Francisco–inspired menu of fresh seafood, tender pasta, and succulent steaks. Aerodynamic ahi tacos soar on fresh-baked pita wings to meet diners' teeth, delivering a sweet and spicy cargo of citrus-soy dressing, mango-papaya salsa, and highly classified CIA aioli recipes ($13). A juicy 14-ounce Angus rib-eye steak defends its savory demesne with a wall of batter-dipped asparagus turrets, a twice-baked potato drawbridge, and a moat filled with red-pepper-cognac sauce ($26); the chicken parmesan's breaded 8-ounce chicken breast snuggles under a marinara-and-mozzarella blanket, knitting a linguini scarf ($14).
Al's Garage serves a menu of pub fare within automotive-themed confines adorned by rims, spray-painted hot rod flames, and a bar backed by treaded metal. Wings come customized in choice of mild, spicy, or hot seasoning, accompanied by ranch or blue cheese for moderating heat and making swirly sauce patterns. After appetites ignite, mains such as fish tacos, in which flour or corn tortillas enfold golden chunks of cod ($9.95), hush the bellows of outspoken abdominals. Burgers include a 1/3 pound of ground beef, a chicken breast, or vegetarian patty, with interpretations such as the Hawaiian teriyaki burger, which layers gruyere cheese with a grilled pineapple ring, delights picky palates ($8.95). Postmain confections include a deep-fried Twinkie topped in hot chocolate sauce ($4.95), and the breakfast burrito of scrambled eggs, roasted peppers, and cheese fights hunger late into the night or early into the morning ($6.95). An outdoor patio lets diners revel outside, while inside custom black-and-red upholstered seating grants gazing upon seven plasma-screen TVs or comfortable navel-gazing 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Not much has changed since Lovie Yancey opened the first Fatburger in 1952. Since then, the chain has expanded, but the food has stayed the same: 100% USDA lean beef burgers grilled to order and hand-scooped ice-cream shakes. Each restaurant stays true to Yancey's vision, even down to retro-influenced digs with jukeboxes blasting old school favorites designed to make listeners flash enthusiastic thumbs-up signs. Inside the kitchen, cooks stack burgers from 2.5-ounce burgers to 24-ounce triple burgers on toasted regular or gluten-free buns as fresh onions crisp inside fryers filled with cholesterol-free oil. Diners can also enjoy Fatburger's signature chili made with a secret blend of herbs and spices or milk shakes topped with dollops of whipped cream that resemble fluffy, white clouds shaped like marshmallows.
Junior Golf Academy's experienced teaching staff inducts young golfers aged 6–18 into the lifetime sport's eternal mysteries with a six-tiered kids' golf curriculum. In small classes of 4 to 10 tykes, instructors help beginner and intermediate students learn swing fundamentals and start to develop a short game, absorbing sportsmanlike character traits such as respect, integrity, responsibility, and a firm but friendly handshake. Advanced students begin to work on strategy and advanced shots while continuing to hone preexisting skills, such as properly accessorizing a green blazer. Although not included in today's Groupon, kids can stick with the program beyond the initial month to earn small prizes each time they graduate to a higher level or take out a pesky groundhog with their chip shot.
The local owners of The Cracked Egg whip up fresh, bountiful portions of the versatile ovular treat and much more in a warm, intimate setting for both breakfast and lunch. Their menu lumbers with creative choices, including a plentitude of gluten-free options. The eggs Benedict ($9.95) is the savory and lawful choice of hollandaise-glazed poachers, and omelets like the El Vaquero ($9.95) arrive fluffier and foldier than the finest edible cashmere sweaters. Noshers in need of a homespun sugar kick can neighbor a Mexican Skillet ($9.25) with a delectable slice of homemade coffee cake ($3.25).