La Estrellita Market and Deli offers convenient hours for its customers to come in and shop on their own timetable. Everyone says their selection is among the best in East Palo Alto.
Soup and other canned items are important to have on hand when you're not feeling well. Stock up today.
Whether you prefer sweet or savory dishes, you can find all of the spices and seasonings you need to make your favorite dishes here.
If your hydration habits could use some work, pick up some delicious beverages to drink with a meal or on the go.
Whether you cook it or eat it raw, the produce from La Estrellita Market and Deli will be tasty no matter what.
Impromptu barbecues are welcome here due to the available and excellent A+ meats.
Discover a new flavor of bread at La Estrellita Market and Deli and get creative with your sandwiches.
Stay refreshed no matter where you are! Water is available at La Estrellita Market and Deli.
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!
From classic sandwiches to signature creations, the sandwiches at La Estrellita Market and Deli are sure to make your stomach happy.
Pick up super fresh fish (and a heck of a lot of nutrients) for your next meal.
Do you meet your recommended calcium intake? If not, pick up some dairy products and put yourself on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
Have you heard about the amazing frozen food offered here? Conveniently priced and designed to save you time where it counts, you'll be amazed you didn't try these dishes sooner.
Don't have time for breakfast? Quick and crunchy, cereal is a great way to start your morning no matter how late you're running.
From freshly baked pastas to packaged noodles, La Estrellita Market and Deli has all of your pasta necessities.
If you're planning a party, you will love the platters and deli munches that La Estrellita Market and Deli has to offer.
The exquisite coffees and teas from here are great for an after-dinner beverage or a pick-me-up during your workday.
If you need a quick and affordable lunch or dinner option, browse the selection of tasty TV dinners here.
These tasty and nutritious snacks will help you push through your long workday.
Don't let the incredible deals for vinegar and oil pass you by. When you shop here, you can stock up on the many varieties of those two ingredients to absolutely transform your cooking.
With nearby space available, you won't need to worry about parking when you come to La Estrellita Market and Deli.
So stop by La Estrellita Market and Deli in East Palo Alto today for all your grocery needs.
Shop for high-quality and fresh groceries at Mi Pueblo in Palo Alto and keep your kitchen stocked full of grocery staples.
Find quality, tasty, and affordable meats here and leave with enough meat for the whole week.
Add some produce to your next dinner plate for a delicious meal jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
We all could use a little dairy in our diet, so why not add some to your day and pick it up at Mi Pueblo? You'll feel great knowing you're getting just the right nutrition.
Go under the sea with a few fresh catches, and enjoy a meal rich in protein and flavor.
Mi Pueblo serves up the most delicious freshly-baked bread in town. Head on over and pick up a loaf today.
Mi Pueblo encourages purchasing canned foods because they offer such convenience. They let you decide what you want to eat when you want it, as the food doesn't spoil quickly.
Those searching for a quiet dinner scene may have better luck elsewhere, as the store tends to get rather noisy.
With the many parking choices near Mi Pueblo, finding parking within walking distance is a breeze.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Mi Pueblo is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
After learning all that Mi Pueblo has to offer, you'll satisfy your craving for groceries by heading there now.
In the mood for a juicy burger and a pile of fries? You'll love McDonald's.
Fear not you gluten-free or low-fat eaters, you'll have plenty of choices here.
Bring the whole clan to this restaurant — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At McDonald's, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
Tap into the free wireless Internet at McDonald's.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
Whether you have a large or small vehicle, parking is easy near McDonald's.
McDonald's makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
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.
So stop by McDonald's and enjoy a quick and delicious meal before your next meeting.
Stop by Togo's for a fresh twist on the simple sammie.
Whether rocking a gluten-free lifestyle or looking for something low-fat, this place will serve you just what you need.
Parents, bring your kids along to this restaurant, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Togo's' gorgeous patio.
Make a reservation to ensure your table is ready when you are.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Togo's is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Restaurant customers can take advantage of the nearby parking options.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Togo's.
So now that you know about the amazing sandwiches at Togo's, only one decision remains. Which wich do you try first?
For Mexican food in a flash, head to Taco Bell.
Low-fat, gluten-free, and vegan options are all available here.
Eat out with the little ones at this restaurant, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
You can't book your table ahead of time at Taco Bell, so show up early for your pick of tables.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
Taco Bell is located near endless parking options, allowing diners to find quick and easy parking.
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to Taco Bell since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Enjoy the convenience and great taste of Taco Bell.
Want all the flavor with none of the wait? Head on over to Taco Bell today.
For a mouthwatering meal you're sure to love, El Sabor Michoacano in East Palo Alto is the place to be.
With the booming music and energetic crowds, this restaurant can get a little loud.
Don't be the last one waiting! Reserve a seat so you can eat when you're ready.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit El Sabor Michoacano — it's strictly casual.
Or, take your food to go.
Ample parking is available in the area.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
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.