The dough wizards at Papa John's hand toss circular masterpieces with original and thin crusts made from high-protein flour to support warm bouquets of toppings. Hand-cut produce crowns all of Papa John's pizzas, mingling with the sun-soaked sweetness of sauce made from fresh, California-grown tomatoes. By adhering to its brand promise of "better ingredients, better pizza," Papa John's grew from a back-tavern pizzeria into more than 3,500 restaurants within three decades' time, or the amount of time it takes to grow a single pizzeria from a small seed.
As chefs crown steamed basmati rice with golden threads of saffron and sear meat-laden kebabs over an open fire, the restaurant's dining room fills with the unmistakable aromas of Persian cuisine. Skewers of seasoned ground beef, jumbo prawns, and lamb chops roast above the flickering flames and smoldering logs of petrified wood, and the dessert selection balances the menu's savory entrees with rose-water-flavored ice cream with pistachios.
The sandstone-hued walls brim with Persian-influenced crafts and artwork, including paintings in circular wooden frames and earthen pottery. Although sconces illuminate most of the space, a crystal chandelier lights the patch of hardwood flooring in the center of the room, which functions as a stage for the belly dancers who entertain diners with their undulating routines on Friday and Saturday evenings, according to Concord Patch.
At Treats Café - Natural and Organic, the vegetables that top burgers or tuck themselves inside wraps spring from nutrient-rich, organic soil tilled by local farmers. This attention to where food originates is the crux of the health-conscious eatery’s mission, and it enables patrons to dine out and dine sustainably at the same time. To that end, its staff strives to make eating good-for-you food easy and enjoyable. In addition to tasty cuisine, Treats crafts colorful juices, such as a carrot-and-celery-juice concoction dubbed Eye Stress Relief because of its ability to transition from liquid form into a pair of glasses.
Buttercup Grill & Bar serves up an extensive and eclectic menu of hearty American fare for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and breakfast for lunch or dinner. Start a day of paragliding right with a hearty order of chicken fried steak and eggs ($8.99), or opt for a fresh-fruit-topped Belgian waffle ($6.99). The mid- and late-day menu offers any and everything to satisfy palates of all preferences, including starters such as a cup of soup ($2.99) or lunch-sized salad ($4.95+), or sandwiches like the slow-roasted prime-rib French dip ($7.99). Burgers ($7.59+), pastas ($8.99+), grilled favorites (such as chicken and shrimp jambalaya, $12.99), and other meaty treats ($9.99+) round out the tasty menu. The selection of beer, wine, and frozen non-alcoholic drinks make excellent candidates to chauffer the tasty bites down the body's food chute, and eventually into the gastronomic ball pit at the bottom.
When Giovanni and Virginia Biale settled in San Francisco's Potrero Hill with their three sons in 1922, Giovanni kept his favorite Genoa traditions alive. This included making his own wine, which he'd often serve at family meals. When Prohibition hit, Giovanni secreted his bottles away along the craggy shoreline at Rockaway Beach—dipping into the stash when dining at his nearby vacation home.
Though he might not share this same rebel spirit, Giovanni's grandson Rocco Biale does share his passion for authenticity. At Rocco's Ristorante Pizzeria, he devotes himself to the traditions of Italian cooking and warm hospitality. He pays tribute to his grandfather's winemaking past by curating a list of vintages from Italy and California.
Amidst vintage Italian prints and photographs, diners dig into pasta dishes piled with imported noodles and housemade sauce. These house specialties are joined by pizzas draped with nearly 40 toppings.
Ginger, saffron, and other aromatic spices mingle in Hot Basil Cafe's kitchen, where chefs create dishes inspired by Indian and Thai cuisines. The kitchen maestros prepare Thai dishes such as cashew-nut chicken and spicy catfish, filling place settings alongside tiger prawns and cream pepper chicken baked in an Indian clay oven. They round out each meal with Thai-style iced coffee and indian fruit lassis, as well as wines and ice creams.