Find a shorter path to dinner when you take control of your prep time by investing in frozen foods.
Get your noodle on! Eden Plaza Cafe has some of the best and affordable noodle and pasta options in the area.
Cereal doesn't have to be just for kids. If you are looking for a quick, easy, and tasty breakfast to get out the door, pick some up today.
When you have a hunger craving in between meals, these snacks will come in handy.
The cuts of meat here are tender and fresh. Pick up a selection of meats today and start your weekend off with a barbecue.
Find healthy and affordable oil and vinegar at Eden Plaza Cafe and keep the good meals coming all week long.
If you're a lover of all things dairy, help yourself to some great products at Eden Plaza Cafe for all your protein and calcium needs.
Add some produce to your next dinner plate for a delicious meal jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
Catch all your omega-3 fatty acids! Fish are delicious and nutritious, so start planning your next seafood platter.
Make sure you always have the ingredients to make a delicious dessert on hand.
Dinner is on the table in one, two, three with a microwavable meal (you'll be surprised how great it tastes, too!).
Ready for a change? Switch up your weekly meal selections with some bold spices and seasonings from here.
Bread is a kitchen must-have, so pick up some fresh goodness today.
You can never have too much water on hand, so grab a bottle or two from Eden Plaza Cafe.
When all you want to do is take a can off the shelf, open the lid, and heat it up, Eden Plaza Cafe lets you enjoy dinner faster with its amazing selection of canned foods.
Balance out the taste of a midday dessert with one of the excellent coffees or teas at Eden Plaza Cafe.
The drinks available here are a great way to restore your body's natural balance, so start sipping.
You'll be happy to know there are amazing parking options in the area.
Drop by Chipotle Mexican Grill for some chips and guac, and enjoy a quick bite of Tex-Mex cuisine.
Those with dietary restrictions
such as vegan, low-fat and gluten-free
will enjoy the menu at Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this restaurant.
Weather permitting, come enjoy a wonderful meal outside at Chipotle Mexican Grill.
At Chipotle Mexican Grill, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
A tad noisy, the restaurant is well-suited for those who don't mind a little extra hustle and bustle.
The restaurant doesn't let you book your table ahead of time, so expect a first-come, first-served policy when you visit.
Great food is best enjoyed comfortably, so Chipotle Mexican Grill encourages less-than-fancy attire.
Can't get enough of Chipotle Mexican Grill's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
At Chipotle Mexican Grill you can save some cash on parking when you park in the free lot down the street.
Chipotle Mexican Grill makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Chipotle Mexican Grill also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
For a meal that's equal parts hearty and satisfying, try the Tex-Mex at Chipotle Mexican Grill today.
For Tex Mex that will take your palette to the next level, call Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Come experience an amazing array of Mexican dishes when you try the highly-rated Chipotle Mexican Grill.
So amp up your lunch hour and head over to Chipotle Mexican Grill for a casual Mexican meal.
Chipotle Mexican Grill certainly will have you begging for more Mexican cuisine, even after ordering your second plate!
Indian entrees are spiced to perfection at Aroma Cuisine of India, and fans can't get enough of this five-star fare.
Those with dietary needs will appreciate the vegan, gluten-free and low-fat meal options at Aroma Cuisine of India.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this restaurant.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Aroma Cuisine of India for a group meal.
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at Aroma Cuisine of India, you can surf the web and get some work done.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Aroma Cuisine of India, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
You pup can accompany you to Aroma Cuisine of India, which welcomes dogs.
On busy nights, it's best to book a table ahead of time.
Business casual dress, tasty food, and a classic atmosphere make this a great place for any occasion.
Throwing a big party? Count on Aroma Cuisine of India to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Need a night in? Don't miss out on this restaurant's delicious food — you can carry it out to eat at home or have them deliver it straight to you.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
Prices at Aroma Cuisine of India are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal.
If a trip to the ATM isn't on the agenda, visitors have the convenience of paying by major credit card.
Aroma Cuisine of India dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
Whether it's curry or somosas you love, it's time to try the oh-so-highly-praised Indian recipes at Aroma Cuisine of India.
So when you have a hankering for some Indian fare, head on over to Aroma Cuisine of India and get your fix.
Get your fill of first-class tacos, tamales, enchiladas, and more at Don Jose's Mexican Restaurant, an excellent Mexican spot revered by fans as one of the best.
Don Jose's Mexican Restaurant knows how to make gluten-free and low-fat fare taste great, so stop by for a healthy (and flavorful) bite.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
Don Jose's Mexican Restaurant offers patio seating in the warmer months.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Don Jose's Mexican Restaurant.
No need to be formal, business casual will pass.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Don Jose's Mexican Restaurant to create the perfect night.
Avoid parallel parking and slide into a spot free of charge — the restaurant offers free parking next door.
Commute by bike to Don Jose's Mexican Restaurant and find easy bike parking.
The restaurant's dinner menu receives the most attention, but diners have the option of grabbing breakfast or lunch here, too.
So come to Don Jose's Mexican Restaurant, where you can taste the highest rated Mexican cuisine around.
Come enjoy a casual night out with your friends and some Mexican cuisine at Don Jose's Mexican Restaurant.
Don Jose's Mexican Restaurant certainly will have you begging for more Mexican cuisine, even after ordering your second plate!
Thai food is always tasty, but Lime Leaf Thai makes it especially delicious as its multi-star ratings show.
At Lime Leaf Thai, cautious eaters will appreciate the vegan, low-fat and gluten-free fare.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
The large dining space at Lime Leaf Thai provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
The restaurant takes reservations, so you can plan your next get-together ahead of time.
Lime Leaf Thai's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Lime Leaf Thai.
At Lime Leaf Thai, diners can easily find street parking or parking in a nearby lot.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Lime Leaf Thai.
Lime Leaf Thai is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price.
The menu at Lime Leaf Thai includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
If you're searching for the best of the best in Thai cuisine, Lime Leaf Thai is your spot.
When pad thai is on the mind, get comfortable with the highly-rated fare at casual Lime Leaf Thai.
Make it easy with Thai food at Lime Leaf Thai.
If you're seeking some creative and tasty Thai food in the area, look no further than the highly-rated Lime Leaf Thai.
Ingredients from all over Asia come together at Genghix Asian Fusion, an Asian-fusion spot in the middle of Castro Valley's Castro Valley.
Vegans can't get enough of the healthy food Genghix Asian Fusion incorporates into their dishes.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so visitors can start the night off right.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this restaurant — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Genghix Asian Fusion, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Reservations are recommended for those on a strict schedule.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Genghix Asian Fusion in jeans and a hoodie.
Genghix Asian Fusion prides itself in its delicious catering.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Free parking is offered every day of the week at the lot near Genghix Asian Fusion.
At Genghix Asian Fusion, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
Three meals a day are served at Genghix Asian Fusion, so you can choose to start your day or end your evening here.
So head to Genghix Asian Fusion for a collision of flavors and enjoy an Asian-fusion menu all its own.
Keep Genghix Asian Fusion in your back pocket next time you have a hankering for Asian fusion cooking with a laid-back vibe.
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.
San Francisco is a city with many different vantage points: between the Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the various eclectic neighborhoods - there are so many sights to take in!
Here are 5 restaurants with stunning views and some of the best ways to see San Francsico:
#1: Greens Restaurant. Located in a converted warehouse in Fort Mason, Greens was a pioneer in establishing vegetarian cuisine in the 80s. One entire wall has floor to ceiling windows, which is perfect for enjoying spectacular views of the SF marina, Golden Gate Bridge, and the hills of Marin. Their meals, made with locally sourced produce and enhanced by wonderful wine pairings, offer an epiphany for meat eaters and vegetarians alike.
#2: Top of the Mark. Built in 1939 and located at the top of the Mark Hopkins Hotel, this bar, lounge and restaurant offers 360 degree panoramas of the San Francisco cityscape. The menu includes an intoxicating selection of 100 martinis along with wines, beers and other spirits. They also have a three course prix-fixe dinner offered with an amuse-bouche and wine pairings.
#3: Slanted Door. A modern Vietnamese restaurant overlooking the San Francisco Bay, located in the Ferry Building and right on the waterfront, this hot spot blends Vietnamese cooking with local SF ingredients. The wine list is Riesling-driven, and other drinks include fresh squeezed juices and hard-to-find Chinese teas. All of their meat is sourced from local farms in the SF Bay Area.
#4: Waterbar. The Waterbar gives diners amazing views of the Bay Bridge while serving up top-notch seafood. Built in 1969, it was converted from a longshoremen’s bar into the restaurant it is today. A favorite among locals, businesspeople and tourists, The Waterbar will not disappoint in its views of the waterfront!
#5: Sutro’s. Located inside the famous Cliff House, Sutro’s features stunning views of the cliffs overlooking Seal Rocks, the Pacific Ocean and Marin coastline. A stylish-casual restaurant, with floor-to-ceiling windows, Sutro’s menu changes seasonally and is focused on the finest organic produce, fresh seafood and local ingredients that are farmed using sustainable practices.