The festive chefs at El Acapulco bring parties to plates with their authentic brand of Mexican cuisine, served in a lively, festive setting. Commission mouths to make a masterpiece of bubbly cauldrons of cheese dip ($2.25–$6.99), optimal for sharing or finger painting Jaliscan landscapes. Tacos Karina ($8.49) join El Acapulco's menu as its newest starlet, flaunting four warm, corn tortillas, grilled steak garters, fried beans, and chorizo. Single-serving plates of chicken or shredded-beef fajitas ($9.75) communicate with rumbling stomachs through sizzles or Morse code, and crispy chimichangas ($6.99) arrive mouthside stuffed with shredded beef and chicken.
Back Yard Burgers serves up North American Black Angus burgers hash-marked to order on genuine flame-licked grills. Third-pound patties dress for dinner with lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, dill pickles, and a condimental trio of ketchup, mustard, and mayo ($3.59). Or gussy up for patty prom with premium add-ons such as coleslaw, chili, sautéed mushrooms, bacon, and more ($0.35–$0.60 per topping). The grill masters also flip the first white meat, prepping Hawaiian chicken sandwiches with grilled pineapple, mustard, mayo, and lettuce ($4.09). Away from the flames, feel free to enjoy a loaded baked potato ($2.79) and a wide range of pairable plates such as chili cheese fries ($2.59 for regular size), garden salads ($2.19), and sweetly baked fruit cobblers ($1.99).
Though the entrees at The Dixie Cafe make the biggest splash across its menu marquee, they're threatened with gastronomical upstaging by the southern-style eatery's 19 sides and scratch-made gravies. The chicken-fried steak, for example, is a tender, hand-breaded fillet that fully blossoms with flavor only after chefs smother it with cream gravy and cheddar cheese. And the Cajun grilled catfish's down-home taste isn't fully developed until it is paired up with bites of turnip greens, fried okra, or a homemade roll. The classic platter meals take advantage of this by pairing an entree with two sides, rolls, and jalapeño cornbread and can be ordered "light" for a portion that's smaller than the regular size and easier to toss in the air and catch in your mouth.
A rotating menu of comfort-food favorites, including chicken-fried steak and roast beef with gravy, bolsters the hearty bar fare at The Spot Restaurant & Entertainment Complex, helping to fuel evenings of live entertainment. Attendees 21 and older gather to catch live bands, DJs spinning tunes, and comedians making wry observations or facing their fear of microphones. During DJ sets, patrons can take a break from dancing in a private VIP room with bottle service or by starting a games of darts or pool.
Chow down on ribs, slaw and more at Roadside BBQ, a down-home barbecue joint in San Francisco. You won't find any low-fat fare here, though, so leave some room to indulge. With Roadside BBQ's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening. You won't need to get a sitter before heading to Roadside BBQ — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment. You'll find lots of space for you and the whole gang to spread out at Roadside BBQ, which accommodates plenty of large groups.
You can't reserve a table at Roadside BBQ, so be sure to show up early. Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Roadside BBQ patrons come in casual attire. Call Roadside BBQ for catering if you have a big event coming up. For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Street parking is provided for those dining at the restaurant's Geary Blvd location.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Roadside BBQ.
Chef Ray Gage stands behind his restaurant’s white-tiled counter, clutching his CB radio microphone like some barbecue chefs might clutch their tongs. The radio is just as crucial to his roadside barbecue business as the slabs of meat roasting in the smoker out back. That’s because Ray advertises to passing truckers via CB channel 16, jotting down orders and delivering them to surrounding truck stops or demolition derbies.
Rays knows his meals must be hearty enough to fuel the bellies of truckers barreling down I-55. To that end, he smokes thick slabs of beef and pork on beds of hickory in the small shack behind his restaurant, and slathers them in sweet, tangy sauce. He then serves hunks of meat with dollops of traditional southern sides, such as baked beans and potato salad.