In 1946, John Kinder opened his first meat market in the Bay Area town of San Pablo. More than 65 years later, Kinder continues to oversee daily operations at more than 15 neighborhood locations. He owes his continued success, in part, to the second- and third-generation family members who have leant their own tireless dedication to the company.
This dedication has certainly paid off. The Kinder family’s barbecue sauces, marinades, and rubs consistently take first-place ribbons from judges across the country and have earned the market a loyal following of cowboys and outlaws alike. In a 2008 article on what to order at Major League ballparks, the New York Times hailed the ball-tip steak sandwich and its "mess of Kinder's smoky-sweet sauce" as a much-welcome relief from the fried menu items at McAfee Coliseum. :m]]
Culture Organic Frozen Yogurt is a healthier way to sate a sweet cheek. The freshly prepared concoctions are enhanced by active cultures and complemented by toppings such as seasonal organic fruit. Culture's menu features a bevy of sweet foundations, including original, vanilla accents, signature chocolate, and seasonal blends. Frozen yogurts start at $3.99 for a small before scintillating toppings (up to $1.29) are added. Top off any sweet structure with flavors such as coconut-crunch granola, plums, mangoes, dried raspberries, chocolate-chip cookies, brownie chunks, dried banana, seasonal specific offerings, and more. The spoon-averted can enjoy frozen Yo'Wiches, yogurt blanketed between freshly baked cookies ($4.49), or a mango Fro Yo Shake, which brings bursting flavor to a highly drinkable package ($5.99).
Chef Andy Ye and his staff of cooks at Banh Thai Restaurant believe their classic dishes deserve an exquisite flavor balance as well as artistic presentation. “Thai chefs focus on creating a blend of the spicy and subtle, the sweet and sour, so that all are equally satisfying to the nose and palate,” says one post on the restaurant’s Facebook page. Luckily, the seemingly endless list of traditional Thai ingredients these chefs have access to allows for ample opportunities to make that happen. Among their creations is a sauce flavored with curry spices that bestows rack of lamb with a bright yellow hue. Seafood isn’t excluded from their artful touch either, as green curry paste, basil, and string beans add pops of green to be soaked up by delicate sea bass. That blend of visual and tasty also extends to more than 30 vegetarian entrees and noodle dishes on the menu that come decorated with savory and sweet touches of eggplant, mango, and cashew.
From-Scratch Caribbean Cuisine | Southern Barbecue | Addictive Jerk Chicken | Corn Festivals
Who's in the Kitchen? Chef-owner Robert Simpson’s techniques and recipes are the foundations for both Back a Yard locations: the one in downtown San Jose, and the original in Menlo Park. He began cooking at age 6 alongside his grandmother in Jamaica, and he went on to receive his formal training at the Culinary Institute of America.
Plantain: very popular in Caribbean dishes, these starchy fruits are a slightly larger cousin of the banana and must be cooked before serving.
Corn festivals: sweet, fritter-like treats made of cornmeal. They're deep-fried and often served with something more savory, especially fish.
Culture Lesson: "Back a Yard" isn't a typo. It's a term that means, quite simply, "back home." It refers to the spirit and welcoming nature of life in Jamaica.
Though it’s been around for 36 years, Piccadilly Catering and Restaurant crafts its mouthwatering cuisine using recipes more than twice its age. Their Cajun dishes include Gulf Coast–original jambalaya and old-fashioned cornbread, and international entrees appear on the menu in the form of chicken fettuccine and prawn stir-fry. In addition to serving guests inside their comfy eatery, Piccadilly’s culinary staff whisk morsels off to a variety of off-site events, such as corporate meetings and noncorporate weddings.
Since 1980, Chef Peking Restaurant has been a longtime favorite of the Peninsula. Eddie and Shirley Shyy have been running the restaurant for close to 25 years and have now turned over the business to their son Arthur, who will continue the tradition of a family style restaurant, with friendly service and tasty food.