A User’s Guide to 7 Mile House Sports Bar and Grill
Filipino Fusion | Too-Big-to-Bite Burgers | Lumpia and Adobo | Haven for Football and Fútbol | Neighborhood Hangout | 1850s-Era Bar
Appetizer: wings in sweet-chili-garlic or buffalo sauce
Entree: pork adobo
Dessert: pyramid noisette, with ganache, hazelnut mousseline, and chocolate genoise inside a chocolate shell
Cocktail: mango margarita, made with fresh mango pulp
The Vibe: an American sports bar secretly hiding an upscale Filipino restaurant
Where to Sit: On sunny days, grab a seat on the patio, complete with tablecloths and bud vases. In the evenings, don’t be afraid to get close to the stage inside: the always-interesting musical acts tend toward jazz, blues, and R&B at a conversation-friendly volume.
Featured on the Discovery Channel’s United States of Bacon for its 7-inch-tall Cow Palace burger, “the crowning achievement of all things big and bacon-y”
Highlighted as one of four sports bars with “interesting food” in the San Francisco Examiner
Past Lives: A whole system of mile houses once marked the distance west from downtown San Francisco—acting as saloons, rest stops, and post offices rolled into one—but 7 Mile House is the only one still operating in its original location. It’s gone through some rough times since opening in 1853, with lowlights including a visit by the Hayes Valley Gang in 1876 and a stint as the seat of a notorious sports-gambling ring in the 1980s. The Filipino family who now owns it has smoothed out the rough edges while preserving both its quirks and the burgers that have long drawn crowds.
Cioppino: A fish stew that originated in San Francisco, it’s made with the catch of the day, typically a combination of fish and shellfish.
Lumpia: a Southeast Asian take on eggrolls, which stuffs pastry with ground pork and veggies and then serves them fresh or briefly deep fries them
Kome Japanese Seafood & Grill Buffet: A User’s Guide
Asian-Inspired Seafood | Chinese Dishes and Sushi | All You Can Eat | Multiple Buffet Stations
Sushi: white tuna nigiri
Chinese: shark fin soup
Seafood: king crab legs and lobster tails (dinner only)
Dim Sum: xiao long bao (Shanghai dumplings), the most popular item, which often runs out
Dessert: cream puffs and sesame mochi
Where to Sit: With multiple buffet stations, including a noodle bar and sushi area, ask to sit nearest the one you think you’ll visit the most.
The restaurant is super popular, so expect a long wait time.
The aforementioned wait can be bypassed with a reservation. They only take reservations for 8 or more, though, so go with a group.
If it’s your birthday, and you bring along two other people, your meal is free.
Getting here is easy: the restaurant’s next door to the BART and free garage parking
a steamed bun filled with meat or veggies found in many Asian cuisines.
Mochi: a sweet, squishy rice-based cake that can be molded into a variety of shapes.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Work up an appetite by hiking the walking trails at Marchbank Park (10 S Parkview Avenue), a tri-level neighborhood park with a playground, picnic areas, and sports facilities.
After: Allow your food to digest by kicking back and enjoying a movie at the Daly City Century 20 (1901 Junipero Serra Boulevard).
Hoping to impress company? Visit Kuk JEA Market in Daly City and pick up cooking ingredients.
If you're planning out your weekly meals, you will appreciate the assortment of snacks at Kuk JEA Market.
If you like to use the oven, you're going to want to pick up some sweet ingredients in your next masterpiece. They adds that extra bit of flavor that makes your food delicious!
People can't get enough of the drinks here that take refreshment to the max.
Every chef needs a break from the heat, so enjoy a frozen dinner without lifting a finger.
Vinegar is a great way to add that extra zing of flavor, and oil goes quickly in the kitchen. Pick these up now and use today or save for later.
Cereal might be the best part of waking up. Pick up your favorite box today.
Health-conscious eaters will love the wide selection of fish on hand.
Fight for your free time by utilizing the modern convenience of frozen food, which promises to maximize your time.
Whether you're cooking for yourself or for your family, some canned goods from here are a great side choice for lunch or dinner.
Water junkies can get their gulp on with a swig from Kuk JEA Market.
You can't find a better selection of spices and seasonings than the one here.
When you need your coffee or tea fix, the selections from Kuk JEA Market will certainly come in hand.
Packed to the brim with delicious produce, this store makes it easy to eat healthy.
Planning a barbecue? Check out the selection of meat inventory here and go home with a range of tender meats.
Dairy is packed with the essential nutrients your body craves, so help yourself out. Dairy products have everything you need.
Grab a loaf of bread from Kuk JEA Market and make your sandwich just the way you like it.
Eating healthy isn't always easy, but with produce on hand like this it just got easier.
If pasta is what you're in the mood for, swing by Kuk JEA Market and pick up some fresh noodles.
Kuk JEA Market is close to multiple parking options.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Kuk JEA Market.
Bring your grocery list to Kuk JEA Market and stock up the fridge.
Koi Palace: A User's Guide
Chinese Dim Sum | Succulent Seafood | Lunchtime Crowds | Opulent Setting
Appetizer: shanghai steamed dumplings
Chef's special: stir-fried beef in orange glaze
Seafood: steamed lobster with garlic and vermicelli
Dessert: coconut-banana custard
When to Go: Koi Palace is notorious for drawing big crowds, especially for the dim sum. But know this: the dim sum is only served during lunch hours, so plan your visit accordingly.
While You're Waiting
Marvel at the grandeur of the dining room, from its high ceilings held aloft by towering pillars to its Chinese statues and massive hanging plants.
Make friends with the live lobsters and crabs scuttling around inside the restaurant's custom-built aquarium.
If you really want to impress someone on their golden birthday, Koi Palace has you covered. Order up the Golden Birthday Supreme Dinner—a smorgasbord of Chinese delicacies, including a whole suckling pig.
Reservations are strongly encouraged.
Dim sum: bite-size Chinese dishes typically served à la carte in steamer baskets
Geoduck: a species of large clam that's commonly found in the waters of the Pacific Northwest. It appears frequently on Koi Palace's menu in dishes ranging from sashimi to soup.
For casual cuisine that everyone will enjoy, stop by Celia's Mexican Restaurant for a Mexican-style menu.
Whether rocking a gluten-free lifestyle or looking for something low-fat, this place will serve you just what you need.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this restaurant.
Reserve the private room at Celia's Mexican Restaurant for your next party — it's perfect for large groups looking to dine and celebrate together.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Celia's Mexican Restaurant is come-as-you-are.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Through their catering service, Celia's Mexican Restaurant can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Complimentary parking is provided in the lot next to Celia's Mexican Restaurant.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Conveniently serving three main meals a day, the restaurant is a great place to eat at any time of day, but is best known for its evening menu.
Celia's Mexican Restaurant is an easy choice for anyone looking for a casual meal and great Mexican food.
With all the spices and flavors you love, Celia's Mexican Restaurant is ready to be your Mexican restaurant of choice tonight!
Settle down with delicious dumplings and other Chinese favorites at Moonstar Restaurant in Daly City.
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Have a big celebration coming up? Consider the private room at Moonstar Restaurant, perfect for large groups of revelers.
Volume at this restaurant can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard.
Keep it casual at Moonstar Restaurant — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
Throwing a big party? Count on Moonstar Restaurant to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
The free parking lot next door is a steal for those dining at Moonstar Restaurant.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at Moonstar Restaurant.
Wake up early to catch a bite of Moonstar Restaurant's breakfast, or swing by later for some tasty lunch or dinner.
If you are seeking some great Chinese food in the area, look no further than the highly-rated Moonstar Restaurant.
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.