For that can't-get-enough Mexican flavor, check out El Guamuchilito, where five-star dishes are just over the counter.
Sometimes it seems like it's hard to find something healthy to eat when you go out. This is not the case at El Guamuchilito.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant just as much as their parents do.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at El Guamuchilito.
You can also serve food from El Guamuchilito at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Street, garage and valet parking options are located near El Guamuchilito.
Plan ahead and get enough green to go around — cash is the only acceptable form of payment here.
Experience the best flavors of Mexico when you try the highly-rated cuisine at El Guamuchilito.
Spice up your every day with delicious Mexican food at El Guamuchilito.
There's no better way to celebrate Taco Tuesday than at El Guamuchilito, so head on over today and chow down on some unique tacos.
Dressing up the traditional sandwich, Subway is a go-to lunch spot in Bay Point's Pittsburg district.
No matter what diet you're rocking, Subway has got you covered.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Subway will ensure that it is delicious.
Parking can always be a hassle. That's why we've done half the work for you. Parking available onsite for our guests.
You can save your money and eat out at Subway. It's all cheaper than $15 here, folks.
Chow down on breakfast, lunch, or dinner fare at Subway — they're open for all three meals.
When you find yourself asking 'which wich?', remember that you can't go wrong with any of the sandwiches from Subway.
Kick back and enjoy flavorful tacos, burritos and chips and salsa at Dulce's Antojitos.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Wifi access is totally free at Dulce's Antojitos, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Dulce's Antojitos is located near a parking lot, which many diners take advantage of.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Dulce's Antojitos.
If you're looking for an easygoing dinner, Mexican at Dulce's Antojitos is the place to be.
Isn't it time to experience the taste of Mexican cuisine at Dulce's Antojitos' premier restaurant?
Have your burger your way or try Burger King's new combinations for a mouthwatering treat.
With name's healthy and low-fat options, you can feel good about your meal.
Burger King is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Burger King will ensure that it is delicious.
For those in a rush, the burger joint lets you take your food to go.
Burger King is centrally located near many parking lot options.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as Burger King serves three meals a day.
Your hunt for the perfect burger is over. Head on over to Burger King for delicious quality you just can't beat.
In the mood for a juicy burger and a pile of fries? You'll love McDonald's.
Gluten-free and low-fat eaters will enjoy the menu at McDonald's.
McDonald's can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Save some cash on parking when you park in the lot adjacent to the restaurant.
The breakfast menu at the restaurant draws rave reviews, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
Whether you layer on the works or prefer your burger plain, McDonald's is the spot to go for a delicious burger done in minutes.
When you're on the hunt for a delicious and affordable fast food restaurant, look no further than McDonald's.
Bay Point's Joe's Hot Dogs offers juicy dogs in a warm bun, topped just the way you like.
Gluten-free and low-fat is the name of the game at Joe's Hot Dogs, where eating healthy, flavorful dishes is of utmost importance.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this restaurant.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Joe's Hot Dogs is located in a prime location surrounded by various parking options.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Joe's Hot Dogs.
So get your grill on! The ultimate hot dog awaits you at Joe's Hot Dogs.
You have one day to find the best day spas in Sacramento—and you want to squeeze in every ounce of relaxation possible. So you can truly unwind, we took away the stress of planning the day from start to finish with this itinerary for a Sacramento spa day.
A light but filling breakfast with a balance of protein and fiber will best prepare you for your spa day. Try the Denver crepe with scrambled eggs at Crepeville or the oatmeal with soymilk and fresh fruit at Jamba Juice. Make sure to stay hydrated, too—your body will need lots of fluids to flush out toxins.
Before your first treatment, take some time to relax and let your stomach settle by meditating, reading, or taking a short walk.
Start with a full-body treatment that includes aromatherapy, such as the Body Glow treatment infused with rosemary, sage, and chamomile at The Spa Simply Skin or Serene Relaxation’s lavender body treatment.
Next, start from the bottom and work your way up. Save a mani-pedi for the end of the day, and use the morning to indulge in a different foot service, such as Thai reflexology at Sher-Thai Massage.
Guzzle water or herbal teas throughout lunch and choose a meal that’s satisfying but not too filling—you don’t want to feel uncomfortable during your massage. Try a soup-and-salad combo at Luna’s Café and Juice Bar.
As you did after breakfast, take a break to relax. We suggest a shopping interlude at Heart Clothing Boutique or a stop at Melange Boutique for one of its fashion consultations.
It doesn’t get much more relaxing than a signature massage. Try an Eastern or Western massage style at Body Continuum or relax with a custom integrated massage at Sacramento Massage Studio.
Following the massage, it’s time for a facial. Here, personalization is key, so head to a Sacramento day spa that offers a custom facial, such as Luxe Hair Lounge and Day Spa or Dandelion Spa.
Finish your skyward movement with a treatment for your topmost parts. The Westin Sacramento hotel’s Spa LaLé offers 25-minute acupressure or hot-stone massages for the face and scalp.
As you’re winding down, grab a light dinner somewhere nice. Pick a seafood restaurant such as Fins Market & Grill or choose from the wide selection of fresh, low-calorie cuisine at Seasons 52. You can also treat yourself to some aphrodisiac foods if you're gearing up for a romantic evening. Now is also the time for bachelorette parties to break out the champagne. And it can’t be said often enough: keep drinking water!
Pamper your hands and feet with an evening mani-pedi at New Happy Day Spa. Open until 10 p.m. daily, the spa offers luxurious Bronze, Silver, and Gold nail treatments, each more indulgent than the last.
Sacramento has become known as America's capital of farm-to-fork cuisine, and it’s easy to see why. Consider the geography surrounding the city: a whopping 70% of the land is either agricultural, forest, or open space, including the Sierra Nevada foothills and the Capay Valley. That means there are 7,000-plus acres of local farms that Sacramento restaurants can partner with to make farm-to-fork dishes. Many of these Sacramento farms still ship their products across the country, but regional restaurants have capitalized on an opportunity that's pretty much a chef's dream: pick up fresh produce in the morning, and serve it for lunch and dinner. Oliver Ridgeway is the executive chef at Grange Restaurant, a prominent restaurant in the city's farm-to-fork scene. He first made connections with growers at local farmer’s markets, and now he visits mosts of the farms he buys from regularly. "Local food tastes better," he says. "They pick it, you eat it the next day. Simple." But Ridgeway doesn't buy from local farms just because of the fresh taste. He's passionate about supporting a community, not to mention supporting a better environment. "Farmers work really hard to produce amazing ingredients that will supply our local restaurants, which helps the local economy," Ridgeway says. "It's great for our future. By supporting the farmers now, we will ensure the next generation is set up with nutritious and delicious food." Ridgeway gave us some of his recommendations for farms that grow the best organic produce in Sacramento. And, of course, he also clued us in on some places to eat in Sacramento where the chefs are dedicated to the farm-to-fork concept.Heirloom Tomatoes from Watanabe FarmsChef Ridgeway loves all the farms he works with, but one of his favorite relationships is with Heidi Watanabe of Watanabe Farms, who helps supply the restaurant with different produce year-round. “She grows pristine produce,” he says. “She specializes in heirloom tomatoes that are some of the best I have ever tasted!”Kale from Capay OrganicCapay Organic grows 130-plus fruit and vegetable varieties in the Capay and Imperial Valleys, on certified organic land. Green, red, and lacinato kale is grown year-round, along with other greens such as rainbow chard. The farm supplies to more than a dozen local restaurants, including Farmhouse Inn. There's a good chance you'll come across their produce in a main course such as Farmhouse’s roasted breast of guinea hen with grilled asparagus, leek potato puree, and celery soubise.Honeyloupe from Full Belly FarmFull Belly Farm grows many different varieties of melons perfect for late-summer snacking. Along with fresh watermelons in all colors and sizes, the farm produces honeyloupe, a sweet mix between a cantaloupe and honeydew with smooth, pale skin. Look for the farm’s melons at stores and markets around the city, and at Gather Restaurant in nearby Berkeley, where it’s served in the melon gazpacho.Farm-to-Fork Meals at Downtown Sacramento RestaurantsAside from Grange, locals and visitors alike can enjoy a farm-to-fork meal at these downtown Sacramento restaurants: Ella Dining Room and Bar: New American and French-style cooking made with seasonally and regionally sourced ingredients thanks to the Selland Family’s 20-year relationship with local farmers and ranchers. Kru: Chef and owner Billy Ngo prepares inventive Japanese dishes with the help of locally sourced ingredients. The Porch Restaurant & Bar: Chef Jon infuses Southern dishes with a Californian approach, using strictly local ingredients to make watermelon salads, skillet cornbread, and other regional classics.
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.