Unlike stacks of business cards, steak is a hit at work luncheons and a valuable mode of defense when thrown at mountain lions. Celebrate the networking capabilities of fine proteins with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of casual fare and drinks at Slate Street Cafe.
Set in a brightly lit structure with florid décor, the cuisine engineers at Slate Street Cafe serve up eclectic fare prepared with locally sourced produce. The café includes an upstairs wine loft, where the house sommelier helps tasters choose from an array of more than 25 wines. Idle maws can occupy their ivories with an appetizer, such as the hummus, which is served with pita bread ($6.50). Wholesome ingredients, such as Napa cabbage, steamed rice, and fresh mozzarella, compose the elegant dinner menu. The chicken-fried steak arrives accompanied by locally produced chilies ($16), and the hotshot ahi tuna greets tongues with an entourage of sesame seeds, wasabi cream, and feral sports agents ($24). Vegetarian options include the veggie enchiladas ($15), and desserts such as the rotating-flavored homemade cupcakes ($3) can be paired with a sweet wine, such as the Bonny Doon Viognier Doux, a 2004 California white ($8.50).
The Weekly Alibi, Fodor's, and Gil's Thrilling (And Filling) Blog rave about Slate Street Cafe. Yelpers give it a 3.5-star average, TripAdvisors give it an average of four owl eyes, and more than 80% of Urbanspooners like it.
- An airy, high-ceiling dining room with a semicircular, central wine bar and modern lighting, this stylish restaurant sits amid pawn shops and bail-bond outposts on a quiet, unprepossessing side street downtown. But once inside, you'll find a sophisticated, colorful space serving memorable, modern renditions of classic American fare, such as fried chicken and meat loaf. – Fodor's
- The portions are enormous, but ordering a side of white cheddar hash browns…is worth feeling overstuffed as an antique armchair. – Maren Tarro, Weekly Alibi