Imagine Affairs revitalizes the classic murder-mystery template with current-day touches: Scenarios reference the modern nightclub in which the audience and actors gather, and cases are cracked by CSI-style cops, not Holmesian detectives or omniscient robots. Meanwhile, the actors leaven the dire situation with doses of improv comedy and audience interaction, which lets guests become as entangled in plot twists as they want.
Teppanyaki chefs twirl their knives and ignite towers of flame while cooking meals tableside inside Hana Japan Steak & Seafood. They slice new york steaks, chicken, and salmon and toss scallops onto the grill alongside chopped veggies and mounds of rice, all without ruffling their tomato-red toques. Each hibachi dinner comes with a shrimp appetizer, a bowl of soup, and a salad with organic Hana dressing imported from Japan.
Handcrafted wood beams and nautical artifacts adorn the room; outside, San Francisco Bay stretches off into the distance. It's almost enough to make you forget you're on land?and in Horatio's dining room. The waterfront restaurant describes itself as a tribute to "the romance and brilliance of the Royal Navy of some 200 years ago," and small touches, such as steering-wheel chandeliers and rustic ship's rigging, add to the space's timeless charm.
That classic atmosphere carries over into the menu as well. Here, diners find a selection of top-quality steaks, fresh seafood, and pasta dishes, all featuring locally-sourced ingredients. Options include rock-salt roasted prime rib, and seafood specialties such as etouffee?a chantey-like medley of prawns, mussels, scallops, clams, and andouille sausage served over cheese grits. Bites pair with sips of California wine, or specialty cocktails crafted with house-made syrups and fresh fruit and herbs.
Stanford's Restaurant & Bar stays close to home, even as it explores and combines the diverse flavors of the U.S.. Its chefs purchase as many ingredients as possible from local farmers. The results: dishes such as buttermilk fried chicken with country sausage gravy and honey mustard glaze, and walnut crusted brie with house-made seasonal preserves. As for their combinations, the chefs don't believe land and sea need to remain separate?just look at their prime rib and grilled salmon with parmesan garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and Dave's horseradish sauce. Both surf and turf tend to spend a lot of time together atop the kitchen's wood-fired grill, too, soaking up the smokey flavor of the smoldering logs while coming to realize there aren't so many differences between them after all.
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, House of Genji has been serving fresh Japanese fare with flair from its menu of titillating tappan-style dishes (which include soup, salad, vegetables, and rice) and artfully rolled sushi since 1971. Grab a cocktail at the bar and marvel at the chef’s knife skills, flipping finesse, and bold disregard of your mother’s threats to ground him as he playfully executes table tricks and nimbly tosses each succulent morsel onto your plate with bite-sized precision. The tableside entertainment and modern décor make House of Genji an ideal venue for social gatherings, though customers should be aware that a 15% gratuity will be added for parties of seven or more.
While the ancients interpreted one flame on the horizon as heralding imminent war and two flames as "party at Dave's house," three flames have always signaled suppertime. Today's Groupon gets you $40 worth of generous American cuisine at Three Flames Restaurant for $20. This Groupon can be used for dinner only, and you can combine two for $80 worth of food if you bring along the rest of your barbershop quartet. Take the drive down Meridian Avenue for a classic night out with live entertainment and sumptuous fare from both land and sea.