Established in 1993, 71 Saint Peter presents Italian- and French-inspired recipes in a straightforward style, and simultaneously showcases California's bounty of fresh produce, meats, and fish. Chef Luis Rodriguez heads a staff of well-informed servers, who wind through the restaurant's intimate spaces and outdoor patio dispensing seasonally inspired dishes. Diners may dive into lunch on weekdays or dinner on Mondays–Saturdays, which features entrees such as the grilled maple-glazed top sirloin and sautéed pork tenderloin.
Today's Groupon finally gives you and your favorite food something to bond over, with $40 worth of Cajun fusion cuisine at Gumbo Jumbo for $20. The restaurant is a Top Five Best Cajun/Creole Restaurant in the Bay Area, an honor it earns as much for its lively atmosphere as for its unusual choice of cuisines to fuse together. If you bring along your whole Mardi Gras krewe, you can fuse two Groupons together for tables of four people or more.
Sonoma Chicken Coop began dishing out flavorful fowl in its first restaurant in 2002, and it takes its name from the lauded California wine region and its own signature rotisserie dishes. Now with six locations and more forthcoming nationwide, the award-winning eatery still whips up each menu item from scratch while calling its culinary modus operandi "fast casual." Chefs cook new batches of rotisserie chicken every hour, hand-toss each salad, oven-fire each pizza, concoct sandwiches with homemade focaccia bread, and conclude meals with homemade desserts. A dining room and outdoor patio accommodate visitors, and Sonoma Chicken catering supplies its fire-grilled and specialty cuisine to groups of 10–200 feasters—the same range of people that might show up for a university symposium on talc.
Citysearchers give Peggy Sue's on San Pedro a sizzlin'-good 4.5-star average, whereas Yahoo! Locals give it an average of three stars. Yelpers are more divided, offering mixed opinions on the service, though most everyone seems able to get behind Peggy Sue's famous burgers:
Originally standing on Éire's shores, O'Flaherty's Irish Pub was shipped in pieces to San Jose, where it was reconstructed to create an authentic atmosphere where guests can savor tasty Irish spirits while enjoying nightly events. Tucked into a booth in the cozy brick pub, patrons can drink traditional Irish libations that warm their insides without having to swallow a parka. The pub's 16 taps fill up mugs to foamy perfection as the hubbub of nightly karaoke, music, or trivia entertains guests lounging amid antique Irish prints and dark-wood shelves teeming with Celtic spirits. During warmer weather, the outdoor patio beckons patrons for open-air revelry beneath the gaze of stars and low-flying Dutchmen jealous of Ireland’s celebratory traditions.
As a child, Hanna Pham watched her mother cook traditional dishes in their family's kitchen in Vietnam, measuring the aromatic spices and cooking marinated shaking beef in her wok. Though she was named one of 11 Top Female Chefs in the Bay Area by the Wave magazine in 2007, Pham first worked as a graphic designer and later as an international professional singer before opening Clay Pot, a traditional Vietnamese restaurant. After noticing the youthfulness of the area, Pham decided to transform the Clay Pot into the contemporary 19Market, adding a modern Californian twist to her Vietnamese dishes to complement the new décor of earthy tones and dark wood accents.
In the kitchen, Chef Pham draws on her roots as she prepares her signature shaking beef, which she learned from her mother, tossing cubes of filet mignon in a wok with onions, garlic, and black pepper. In the dining room, patrons sip house cocktails such as the lychee martini or glasses of wine from the extensive list while listening to the melodic scales of live jazz music.