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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.

1300 South Main Street
Walnut Creek,
CA
US

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.

235 University Ave.
Berkeley,
CA
US

As a youngster, Latif Lamnaouar learned classic Moroccan dishes by watching and helping his mother in the kitchen. After moving to America, the homesick Latif started cooking those meals himself, a process that reduced his homesickness and propelled his culinary aspirations. He now crafts Moroccan specialties at Lateeva's Cafe, from veggie sandwiches with eggplant and split pea hummus spread to lemon chicken paninis with pesto and spinach.

Before noon, Latif assembles plenty of breakfast treats, too, including wraps chock-full of eggs, hash browns, salsa, and a choice of turkey sausage or turkey bacon. Complement feasts with coffee drinks or the apple juice, strawberry, and tamarind blend of the Road to Casablanca smoothie, named for its resemblance to Humphrey Bogart's naturally fruity scent.

333 Thomas L Berkley Way
Oakland,
CA
US

Kincaid's puts an upscale spin on classic American dining. The kitchen's signature prime rib, for instance, is slow-roasted under rock salt to ensure a tender texture and perfect crust. Lobster tails are served with blistered lemon, and meatloaf arrives wrapped in savory bacon. Along with these mainstays, seasonal specialties showcase local meats and produce. Kincaid's whips up hearty plates for brunch, lunch, dinner, and second dinner, with different delectable options served at each meal.

Bites can be paired with handcrafted cocktails, draft beers, or glasses of wine?Kincaid's serves up nearly 30 red and white wines by the glass, many of which hail from California, Oregon, and Washington. The accompanying bottle list features dozens of additional selections from vineyards near and far.

1 Franklin St.
Oakland,
CA
US

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.

5104 Hopyard Rd
Pleasanton,
CA
US

Espetus: A User's Guide

Brazilian Steak House | Rodizio-Style Service | Gourmet Salad Bar | International Wine Selection

Keywords: Brazilian Steak House | Rodizio-Style Service | Gourmet Salad Bar | International Wine Selection

Sample Menu

  • Meat options: top sirloin, filet mignon, bacon-wrapped chicken breast
  • Salad-bar options: rice, paella, and fish stew
  • Dessert: passion fruit mousse
  • Drink: caipirinha

Inside Tip:

  • If you want to save some money and don’t mind a limited menu, head to Espetus during lunch.
  • Vegetarians can navigate this meat-heavy menu by ordering the salad-bar-only option.

Vocab Lesson
Churrascaria: Brazilian-style barbecuing where the meat is skewered and cooked over an open flame or on a grill; the meat itself is called churrasco.
Caipirinha: a Brazilian cocktail made with the sugarcane-based spirit cachaca and lime juice.

1686 Market St
San Francisco,
CA
US