Executive Chef Rodrigo Cedeño sharpened his knife skills and his palate across California, picking up technical know-how at Collins College of Hospitality Management before training under chefs at Vu Restaurant and RN74 in San Francisco. Today he lets his know-how blossom and wander in the kitchen of Bijou Restaurant & Bar, blending his French and modern cuisine training with the flavors found in northern California's seasonal organic ingredients. From his pans and cutting boards spring forth a rotating selection of seasonal specialties with distinct flavor profiles, such as butternut squash risotto with brown butter and diver scallops served with blistered grapes. To complement such an aesthetically poignant dining experience, the space itself—designed by DesignPlus's Pia Thomas—remains sleek and focused. The centerpiece is the bar, which glows a dreamy, iridescent amber that's complemented by ring chandeliers and absorbed by Italian leather chairs, a lounge area's plush velvet cushions, and tabletop black holes.
Swing by A Street Cafe in Hayward for your next meal.
A Street Cafe's gluten-free items are perfect for those with special dietary needs.
Gather up your group of friends and head to A Street Cafe, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at A Street Cafe.
Many diners choose to drive to A Street Cafe, as there are numerous parking options nearby.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
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.
Take a table at Neveria Guadalajara in San Leandro and look forward to your next meal.
For those who prefer to dress down for dinner, Neveria Guadalajara's low-key style is the perfect match.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Don't waste time on public transportation! Bring your own wheels to the restaurant and easily park nearby.
Frugal foodies will especially love the prices at Neveria Guadalajara, with a meal typically hovering under the $15 mark.
8212 Oriental Market in San Leandro offers everything that grocery shoppers need and then some, making their trip worth the time spent.
8212 Oriental Market's patrons can find places to park in the area.
So make 8212 Oriental Market in San Leandro your one-stop shop for everything you need to stock up your kitchen.
Papillon Restaurant: A User’s Guide
Classic French Cuisine | Desserts Flambéed Tableside | Formal Atmosphere
Starter: french onion soup, served with puff pastry baked on top
Entree: apricot-glazed pork tenderloin
Dessert: crepes suzette, flambéed tableside
Where to Sit: Large wraparound windows on one side of the dining room give the feeling of dining in a private solarium.
Inside Tip: Papillon offers a globe-spanning wine list, but you’re welcome to bring your own bottle for a $10 corkage fee.
Clafoutis: a French pastry traditionally made with black cherries covered in a flan-like batter.
Cornichon: French for "gherkin," these small, tart pickles traditionally accompany pâté and other French dishes.