When a 13-year-old Isadore Fang began washing dishes at a Sunnyvale restaurant called The Bold Knight, he had no way of knowing he would later own the sink where he performed his humble duties. Eventually, the ambitious restaurateur would own multiple establishments, including The Rendezvous in Fremont and Isadore's, his labor of love since 1989.
There—together with his wife and co-owner Laurel—Fang leads a dedicated staff whose attention to detail earned praises in a 2008 article in the Record. Courteous servers top white-clothed tables with fresh seafood and certified Angus steaks alongside traditional Italian pastas. Semiprivate booths let couples share intimate conversations or the complimentary cheese fondue and warm french bread served with every dinner upon request. Between sips of wine from an extensive list, diners can glance toward the elevated stage where live musicians occasionally play. Alternatively, admire hand-painted murals on the walls, one of which depicts the tranquil, seaside village where Leonardo da Vinci invented the olive-oil mister.
Outside the restaurant, the Fangs' emphasis on serving others carries over to charity work: they have been featured on ABC News10 for helping to send food packages to American troops.
Diners will find Sizzler restaurants located all across the US, and even in Puerto Rico! The first one was opened by Del and Helen Johnson in 1958 in Culver City, California. They serve USDA choice steaks, soups, salads and desserts all made from scratch. Sizzler is widely known as a family casual place where diners wait in a cafeteria-like line to order (but worry not, the waits at Sizzler are never long). Their menu includes sirloin, rib-eye and New York strip steak, along with ribs, chicken, and seafood. They also serve burgers and sandwiches, and diners are sure to enjoy the endless salad bar. Sizzler offers a specially discounted menu for those over the age of 60. Though the hours vary by location, most Sizzlers offer lunch specials each day. The Modesto, CA restaurant is located at 3416 Dale Road.
Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse doesn’t just incorporate the words “Famous Steakhouse” into its name for show: their institution is a tribute to legendary frontiersman Tahoe Joe, for whom lake Tahoe is named. Stepping into Tahoe Joe’s the first thing you notice is the warm, welcoming atmosphere- the pine beam logs spanning the walls, the century-old photos and sketches of the great American wilderness, and the rich and inviting glow of the enormous fireplace within. Joe’s is the perfect place to unwind from the nuances of living in today’s break-neck-paced technological world. The food at Joe’s complements this atmosphere perfectly: prime-cut, corn-fed USDA beef cut into thick, generously sized steaks that are left to cook over a crackling wood fire.
Are you in the mood for ribs, steak or margaritas? Texas Roadhouse has it covered. Creating perfectly seasoned food in a generous portion, guests feel right at home with these made-from-scratch recipes. Enjoy chicken and fish, ribs and steak; they’re all here at Texas Roadhouse. The Blossom is their signature onion appetizer, fried and served with a delicious Cajun horseradish sauce. Guests won’t get bitten when they try the Rattlesnake Bites, rounds of diced jalapenos and jack cheese for a spicy kick. From time to time, guests will be privy to restaurant entertainment in the form of line dancers and jukebox music. Bring a group or just the family, and stay as long as you like! Get a taste of Texan flavor today at Texas Roadhouse.
Established in 1975, Gervasonis’s is arguably the longest continually running restaurant in Modesto. The secret to their success is in their prime cuts of New York and Angus beef, their freshly caught lobster dishes, and their tasteful dining setting. Their menu is impressively diverse, offering everything from frog’s legs to rack of lamb. Portions are gargantuan at Gervasonis’s, with most steak cuts being in the double digit ounce-range. They host a basque every Thursday evening, featuring quality finger foods cheap drinks, lively music, and interesting patrons. Some of the accompaniments worth mentioning at Gervasonis’s include their fresh, homemade soups, their crisp salads, and their hand-cut fries.
If you’ve never been to Outback, you’re missing out. Start your meal off right with the world famous blooming onion, and indulge yourself in all of the deep fried goodness. The menu offers a wide variety of juicy steaks ranging in size and cut, but consider the Alice Springs Chicken for a fresh take on the tastes from the land down under. If you’re feeling thirsty, the full bar has you covered with a vast selection of beer, wine and mixed drinks that can hit the spot no matter what you may be craving. The intimate lighting and natural, wooden décor create a great environment for every occasion from a romantic date to a fun family night out.