With a sumptuous view of beautiful Washington Park in the North Beach district of San Francisco, Original Joe’s has grown from a 14-stool counter when it opened in 1937 to an archetypal example of great Italian-inspired dining. The atmosphere is lush, but not overly opulent. The service is down-to-earth and the vibe is easy-going. The extensive brunch menu features classics like Belgian waffles, eggs Benedict and huevos rancheros as well as a cornucopia of options that straddle breakfast and lunch. The lunch and dinner menus offer diners house specialties, sandwich and salad options, steaks and chops, chicken and veal entrees, seafood, and pasta. Desserts are beautiful to look at and delicious. Original Joe’s exhaustive wine list has many of California’s best wines. Catering is available as are semi-private and private dining options. Online reservations are available through OpenTable. The restaurant is open seven days a week.
Today's Groupon gets you $75 worth of Italian/Brazilian cuisine at Mangarosa in North Beach for $35. Mangarosa offers "a dash of Brazil to the Italian menus that predominate in the popular neighborhood," according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Zagat rates Mangarosa's tropical flavors and fine-dining food as "very good," but rates its servers' ability to tune patrons' guitars as "wicked bad."
Despite its moniker, there isn?t a sweeter thing than garlic in the minds of the chefs at The Stinking Rose Restaurant. The famed eatery celebrates the pungent plant by integrating it into their every contemporary California-Italian dish, including pasta, 40-clove garlic chicken, garlic-encrusted ribs, and sea bass with garlic butter. There's even garlic wine and garlic ice cream with chocolate mol? sauce.
And with a motto like ?we season our garlic with food,? it?s no wonder The Stinking Rose doles out more than 3,000 pounds of garlic each month. Still, the chefs recognize that, much like wearing clothes, garlic may not be everyone?s thing; they will create dishes without it upon request.
The heavy use of garlic isn?t the only unique thing about the restaurant. At the original San Francisco joint, the world?s largest garlic braid twists around the walls of the establishment, and a mural painted by a local artist depicts garlic bulbs skateboarding down the city?s steep hills and picnicking at Golden Gate Park.
Beach Street Grill has been dishing out homemade American comfort food since 2008. Here are a few more points to keep in mind about the popular Fisherman's Wharf establishment.
Beyond the endless string of cluttered theme restaurants and deafening din of crowded mega-chains there is Hillstone, a long-time San Francisco waterfront spot that promises competence in lieu of flash. While technically part of a larger corporate string of eateries, this place is anything but a franchise. Instead, it’s more of a power lunch spot, serving hearty American fare with international touches, like ordering the filet mignon from the waitress and a margarita from the bar. Live jazz bumps up the ambiance inside the wood-studded space, and a few café tables outside make for a more relaxing experience. While the waits can be long and the prices somewhat high, Hillstone does have street and nearby garage parking – and a limited no corkage fee policy.