Sacred Table sheds light on the magic of a purposefully cooked meal. In the kitchen, "culinary tantrist" Kerline Astre spins together thoughtful and inspired dishes and infuses them with a palpable sense of meaning. Read on to learn more about the experience:
How it Works
Sacred Table offers 13 different dining experiences, and each experience has its own unique menu. Before you visit, you'll select a theme and pick a date and time for your...
During this 90-minute journey, you'll be guided through a casual meal complete with time to mingle and meditate. The chef will also introduce every menu selection so you know exactly what you're about to eat and why it's important.
Feed Me My Chakra
Each menu theme is offered just a couple times per month. The Feed Me My Chakra theme, for instance, is a tapas-style spread that is as visually enticing at it is tasty. The colorful meal includes bites of horseradish-crusted salmon, a roasted beet salad, and other creations meant to leave you feeling balanced and at peace.
Pop over to Fresh Pizza Restaurant in San Lorenzo for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
This place will leave you feeling satisfied no matter what kind of dietary needs you have.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This pizzeria serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Nothing can beat sharing a meal with friends and family. Come to Fresh Pizza Restaurant for great food for any size party.
Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at Fresh Pizza Restaurant.
Sit outside at Fresh Pizza Restaurant and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
Reserve a table ahead of time and avoid the lines.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Fresh Pizza Restaurant is ultra casual.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Fresh Pizza Restaurant offers catering.
You've heard correctly. This pizzeria offers both delivery or carryout.
Fresh Pizza Restaurant offers free parking just steps away from the door.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Fresh Pizza Restaurant.
A meal at Fresh Pizza Restaurant will typically set you back about $30.
Major credit cards are accepted, so you can save yourself a trip to the ATM.
Critics award the most brownie points to the pizzeria's dinner offerings, but breakfast and lunch are also available.
For talk-of-the-town pizza, Fresh Pizza Restaurant is your pizzeria. Stop by for a slice or two and judge the ratings for yourself.
For a low-key yet delicious pizza experience, people can't stop talking about the pies at Fresh Pizza Restaurant. Swing by for a quick bite next time pizza's on the agenda.
So if you're looking for a casual hangout spot in town, be sure to stop in for a hot pizza at Fresh Pizza Restaurant.
When you don't feel like cooking dinner, pay Fresh Pizza Restaurant a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza pie.
Frodo Joe’s Coffee and Tea: A User’s Guide
Iced Coffee | Sweet & Savory Crepes | Gourmet Teas | Cozy Outdoor Seating
Entree: savory California crepe with turkey, tomato, and avocado
Side: greek salad
Dessert: orange, peach, banana crepe with orange sauce
Where to Sit: There’s no host at the front to assign tables to guests, so it’s best to grab the first open table you see. Weather and crowds permitting, the relatively few chairs spaced along the sidewalk out front also make a nice place to enjoy a coffee and crepe.
When to Go: Diners report that the establishment can get very crowded, especially on weekends. The best strategy of when to go is “early.” Expect a 15- to 20-minute wait, even on to-go orders.
In the iced coffee drinks, the ice cubes themselves are made of coffee. It keeps drinks cool and preserves the flavor.
The titular Frodo is not a hobbit, but, in fact, a pug, and something of a shop mascot.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Hippies Brew (21988 Foothill Blvd
Hayward, CA), which also serves up gourmet coffee drinks and unique breakfast specialities, including an honest-to-goodness french toast sandwich.
At Black Angus Steakhouse in San Lorenzo, you can enjoy a well-seasoned, juicy steak.
Enjoy a low-fat or gluten-free meal at Black Angus Steakhouse, a local favorite.
On gameday, come here to cheer your team to victory and watch every triumph on the big screen.
Bring your whole brood to this bar, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
The large dining space at Black Angus Steakhouse provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
Wifi access is totally free at Black Angus Steakhouse, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
The bar can fill to capacity on the weekends, so don't forget to call ahead to reserve your table.
Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual.
That's right! Black Angus Steakhouse will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Guests can park for free in the adjoining lot.
Taste the greatness Black Angus Steakhouse is serving up with meals around $30.
Black Angus Steakhouse serves up steaks that are filled with endless flavor notes, so head on over today and see what the buzz is all about.
Customize your own burger at Sam's 1-4 Lb Burgers and wash it down with a refreshing beverage.
Watching your diet? Stay on track at Sam's 1-4 Lb Burgers, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this burger joint.
On warmer days, you can take advantage of Sam's 1-4 Lb Burgers' al fresco patio seating.
Arrive fashionably early for your pick of tables — the burger joint does not accept reservations.
No need to gussy up for a trip to Sam's 1-4 Lb Burgers, where patrons dress for comfort and fun.
If time is of the essence, this burger joint's take-out option may be a better fit.
Free parking is readily available for hungry diners at Sam's 1-4 Lb Burgers.
Whether you're hungry first thing in the morning or prefer to eat a little later, Sam's 1-4 Lb Burgers is conveniently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Burger-lovers rejoice! Sam's 1-4 Lb Burgers is about to become your new favorite hamburger joint.
So come grab a no muss no fuss meal at Sam's 1-4 Lb Burgers. The burgers will not disappoint.
For a quick and tasty midday meal, bite into a burger at Jack In The Box.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at Jack In The Box. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Jack In The Box, which embraces a casual vibe.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
For the tastes of Jack In The Box from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
The lot adjacent to Jack In The Box provides free parking for diners.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
Breakfast bites, light lunches, and delicious dinners are all offered at Jack In The Box.
Whether you're a party animal or an early riser, the restaurant will be open to serve you 24 hours a day.
When you need a quick bite, make your way over to Jack In The Box and pick up a juicy burger.
So stop in at Jack In The Box, your new favorite fast food joint.
Most Top Chef finalists launch their restaurant careers right after their time on television ends. Not Casey Thompson—she spent seven years after season three traveling, all the while thinking hard about what she wanted in a venue. She met farmers, built relationships, and finally opened Aveline (plus its cocktail bar sibling, The European) in June. As the result of so much careful planning, the restaurant truly embodies Casey’s vision, both in the space and on the plate.
One key part of that vision? Pigs. Casey loves to use almost every part of them, including the head. In honor of Aveline’s recent launch, we asked her about her fondness for pork, her cooking philosophy, and some of her go-to spots in San Francisco.
GROUPON: One ingredient that crops up on the menus at Aveline and The European is pork. Specifically, pork from the pig’s head—pork jowl, pig cheek, pig ear. What do you like about this ingredient?
CASEY THOMPSON: In general, I love any animal that tastes good from head to toe! As a chef, it’s really beneficial for me to use different parts of an animal that might otherwise be underutilized. It keeps costs down and provides guests with the opportunity to try things they may not otherwise try.
There is a lot more marbling in these parts than you might think, and there are a variety of different textures in specific parts like the ear.
G: Do you think that pig face is trending right now?
CT: I don't know. I try not to pay too much attention to what’s “trendy.” I just want to make food that tastes good, and if it means using parts of an animal that are unfamiliar to most people and [then] educating people about them, I’m happy to do so.
G: If someone hasn't tried any part of the pig’s head, where should they start?
CT: I think a good place to start is with pig cheek—it’s rich and it braises perfectly! Confiting a pig cheek [at home] is easy. The most difficult part is probably finding the product, but your local butcher can help with that.
G: Are there other pig dishes in San Francisco that you like?
CT: The pork at Kokkari is unreal, and Namu Gaji does a pretty impressive job too!
G: Aside from cooking with pig parts, you’re also an advocate for sustainability and the environment. Where does that passion come from?
CT: I have a job that impacts the environment, and as such, I have a duty to make sure that my staff and I do all we can not to add to the overwhelming issues we’re already facing.
I am also a firm believer in good husbandry. All animals deserve to live a good life, especially if they are giving us theirs for nourishment. It’s our responsibility as humans to recognize that.
G: Some of your dishes have original ingredients with a cool, earthy vibe. I’m talking about the "ham snow" and "chicory soil" on Aveline’s menu. Can you tell us more about these?
CT: Environmental elements in a dish add interesting flavors. The chicory soil contains nori, breadcrumbs, candied cashews, and chicory—all pretty earthy, you’re right. Now, the ham snow is highly technical stuff: we freeze ham, grate it over cold amberjack, and call it snow!
G: You’re also creating the menu over at The European, your bar-and-lounge project with Adam Wilson. It seems like the snacks have more of an updated comfort-food feel. Is The European the other side of Aveline's coin?
It absolutely is! There is a secret kid side to me with that menu and, really, it’s us having fun. I do think we have the best burger—it is so good. I want people to use both spaces! Come and eat at The European!
G: To close out, can you share some of your favorite San Francisco spots to grab a bite?
For coffee: Réveille Coffee Co.
For breakfast (and guilty, greasy pleasures): San Jalisco
For lunch and dinner: Kokkari, Kin Khao
For after-hours drinks and eats: Rye, Tradition, Le Colonial
For outdoor dining: The Ferry Building, Slanted Door, Cavallo Point, Coqueta
This interview has been condensed and edited. Photos courtesy of Casey Thompson. The European photo by Andi Fisher.
When you live in a city with so much scenery, eating inside can feel a bit stifling. Here are five beautiful restaurant patios in San Francisco that allow you to order in the great outdoors.
Mission Rock Resort (817 Terry Francois Blvd.)
The restaurant group that owns South Park staples MoMo’s, Pedro’s Cantina, and Pete’s Tavern overhauled Mission Rock Resort in late 2012. Now, it’s a bayside escape with plenty of deck seating, calming ocean views, and easy parking. Try bites from the raw bar or fried seafood for lunch, brunch, or happy hour.
Foreign Cinema (2534 Mission St.)
The most popular tables at this Mission stalwart are in the romantic covered patio. In the evening, artsy or retro flicks are projected on the patio wall while sound can be played through drive-in–style speakers at each table. The movies, however, are a secondary draw compared to the Californian-Mediterranean food.
Waterbar (399 The Embarcadero S)
Waterbar is a perennial Top 100 restaurant, so you can bet on some memorable seafood with views of the bay, the Bay Bridge, and the Bay Lights—not to mention $1.25 oysters every day before 5:30 pm.
Bar Agricole (355 11th St.)
Opened by a collective of the city’s best bartenders and sommeliers, Bar Agricole is led by master drink maker Thad Vogler. Unsurprisingly, its cocktails are just as good as its seasonal food. The space’s award-winning design features plenty of redwood, concrete, and glass, plus a spacious patio that’s covered and heated during the winter months.
Biergarten (424 Octavia St.)
Biergarten takes its name literally—its only seating is outdoors, where all of its Bavarian-style street food is served from shipping containers converted into a kitchen and bar. Brews can be ordered by the half- or full-liter, but considering the long lines, it’s best to get the larger of the two before you squeeze into one of the communal picnic tables.
Photos courtesy of Mission Rock Resort, Foreign Cinema, Waterbar, and Bar Agricole; Biergarten photo courtesy of BarFlySF.
Sushi is not hard to come by in San Francisco, but so much variety means that finding the perfect sushi spot can be a challenge. Here are our picks for the five freshest, most innovative sushi restaurants in the Bay Area.
1. Cha-Ya (762 Valencia St.)
Vegetarian sushi anyone? While that may sound like an oxymoron, Cha-Ya is redefining what sushi means, veggie- and vegan-style. It’s cash-only here, and the wait can be long, but the food is inventive and the service is great. Even meat eaters should enjoy the Cha-Ya Roll: tempura-battered asparagus, avocado, yam, and carrot with Cha-Ya’s special sauce.
2. Minako Organic Japanese Restaurant (2154 Mission St.)
Never tried fried “veggie eel” before? This place has you covered, and it accommodates most dietary restrictions. There’s a vegan menu, a gluten-free menu, animal-product-free tempura, and sushi made with brown rice.
3. Roka Akor (801 Montgomery St.)
The presentation at Roka Akor is out of this world: sushi served on a landscape of salt rocks, ice, bamboo boxes, and light (that’s right, your sushi plate will glow). The tasting menu is a must-try and incorporates a wide range of different fish.
4. Tsunami Sushi Panhandle (1306 Fulton St.)
Tusnami’s classic california rolls are half off during happy hour, but the restaurant is most famous for its combination rolls. Try the Mama San with tempura shrimp and spicy tuna or the Magic Mushroom roll with salmon, snow crab, and enoki mushrooms. Also, consider adding some zing to your meal with sake or wine.
5. Akiko’s Restaurant (431 Bush St.)
Located in Union Square, Akiko’s serves up superfresh sushi—the menu changes daily based on the availability of ingredients. The kitchen focuses on serving sustainable, organic, seasonal, and local fish at high-end prices. The omakase menu will run up to $100 per person, but for sushi die-hards, it’s worth it. If you’re not feeling fish, there are non-sushi items on the menu, too, including teriyaki meats and udon soups.