The dough wizards at Papa John's hand toss circular masterpieces with original and thin crusts made from high-protein flour to support warm bouquets of toppings. Hand-cut produce crowns all of Papa John's pizzas, mingling with the sun-soaked sweetness of sauce made from fresh, California-grown tomatoes. By adhering to its brand promise of "better ingredients, better pizza," Papa John's grew from a back-tavern pizzeria into more than 3,500 restaurants within three decades' time, or the amount of time it takes to grow a single pizzeria from a small seed.
Sweet River Grill & Bar's eye-catching interior beckons a second glance with its treasure trove of framed mirrors, sepia portraits, vintage advertisements, and a large sled mounted on the wall. Inside the central dining room, burgundy banquettes shine beneath Tiffany-style stained-glass lamps and vaulted ceilings marked with divots where Paul Bunyan famously bumped his head. To pair with these old-fashioned trappings, Sweet River's chefs take a modern slant on classic diner fare with sandwiches stuffed with ahi tuna and thin-sliced turkey and half-pound burgers bearing alfalfa sprouts and fresh avocado. A separate Mexican menu vies for palate popularity with sauce-slathered enchiladas, giant stuffed burritos, and sizzling fajitas with 8 ounces of steak or chicken. After polishing off the last morsel of new york strip, diners can peek into Sweet River's banquet room, where they'll discover a collection of antiques including fire-stoking equipment, vintage neon signs, and Louis Pasteur's very first milk mustache.
Canadian bacon, shrimp, feta cheese, and chopped garlic are just some of the gourmet toppings that chefs pile onto Mikalinos Pizza & Pasta's pies. The traditional Italian restaurant has never been accused of lacking ingredients, and the portions are as expansive as the menu; feast upon pizzas by the slice, french or parmesan fries by the pound, and minestrone soup by the gondola-sized boat bowl. Aside from the flagship pizzas, classic Italian sandwiches and dishes such as chicken parmesan and manicotti round out the selection of Italian fare, which guests can savor while watching the latest gladiatorial match on the dining room's televisions. Mikalinos also offers catering services, with packages and individual trays that serve 8–10 people.
All Bay Area sports fans will find a place to watch their game at one of Shooters Wings & Things's three locations. Each spot boasts a central, 70-inch TV, as well as a host of other HDTVs, each tuned to sporting events on variety of sports networks, including ESPN, and NFL and MLB packages. Out of town guests may also find their favorite home team competing on screen. Shooters keeps fans plied with piping hot wings smothered in a variety of sauces and rubs, including lemon pepper, and crisp craft beers in bottles or on tap.
Dollops of homemade pico de gallo, guacamole, and red or green salsa crown many of the dishes served at Restaurante Los Gallos, showcasing the vibrant colors that hint at the bursting, bold flavors of authentic Mexican cuisine. Homemade chicken mole is a specialty of the restaurant—it’s made with chocolate, traditional spices, and lots of dried chilies—as are tacos and burritos, served “taco truck” style.
Ono Hawaiian BBQ brings the island to the mainland with tender meats soaked in made-from-scratch marinades. Chefs hand roll chicken katsu in panko bread crumbs to give it a fresh, crispy texture, and assemble generous portions of crispy shrimp, island whitefish, and barbecue chicken in the seafood mix.