What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We build every sandwich with love, attention to detail and aim to give every customer the best experience that we can so that we can earn their return business. Franco's Mini Deli is family a owned deli looking to make it's mark. We take all recommendations to improve on your experience here.
What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?
We offer cold and toasty healthy options to the fast passed bustle of the lunch hour.
Sandwiches, soups and various types of salads combined with healthier drink options specifically paired for this type of dinning. Break the fast food lunch habit and treat yourself to a FMD sandwich.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
To share our vision of the classic yet healthier modern day deli lunch option.
As a small family veteran owned business we want to give back to the bay and spend more time being with each other as a family and a community.
What do you love most about your job?
We love that every day we are able to provide a great place to eat and socialize with our friends and neighbors throughout the community. The responses of our guests has been overwhelmingly welcoming and supportive, making us realize we chose the perfect place for our deli.
Pick up a side of chips and a sandwich at The Junket, and enjoy lunch from the deli.
Whether you are looking for food low in fat or gluten-free, this restaurant is the place you want to eat.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Your large group can all sit together at The Junket.
Take your meal to the next level on the patio at The Junket.
Free wifi is available as well.
Save a seat for man's best friend — this is a dog-friendly restaurant.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at The Junket.
Impress the visitors at your next gathering by calling in The Junket for catering.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
The Junket is located in a prime area for those who wish to park in lots.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at The Junket.
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are all accepted.
So stop waiting for a delicious sandwich and order one from The Junket today!
Pop over to Armadillo Pizza for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Armadillo Pizza.
Bring your whole brood to this pizzeria, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Take it nice and easy at Armadillo Pizza, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
Grab your food and chow down when you're ready with the pizzeria's carryout and delivery options.
The neighboring lot provides free parking to guests.
AM, midday, and PM meals are served at the pizzeria, but supper takes the cake for best in show.
So who's hungry? The highly-acclaimed pizza at Armadillo Pizza is ready and waiting to be served.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Armadillo Pizza (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
So enjoy a casual night out this weekend and treat yourself to a tasty pizza pie from Armadillo Pizza.
So for a piece of pizza that truly sings, you'll love taking a bite out of the pie from Armadillo Pizza.
If you have a hankering for something extra tasty, sample the menu at El Cerrito's Romano's Macaroni Grill.
Romano's Macaroni Grill welcomes all kinds of diets, so gluten-free, low-fat, and vegan diners will find many tasty options to choose from on the menu.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Romano's Macaroni Grill is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Romano's Macaroni Grill is ultra casual.
For the nights you just want to stay in and cozy up, order in great takeout or delivery from this restaurant.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Romano's Macaroni Grill as well.
Romano's Macaroni Grill offers complimentary parking at a lot close by.
At Romano's Macaroni Grill, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
A visit to Romano's Macaroni Grill will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule.
For chow mein that's sure to impress, L and L Chinese Seafood Restaurant
serves top-rated fare.
Score low-fat and gluten-free eats at L and L Chinese Seafood Restaurant.
Bring the whole clan to this restaurant — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Reserve a table in advance and get seated when you're ready.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
L and L Chinese Seafood Restaurant's laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
A free parking lot is conveniently located next door.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the restaurant.
L and L Chinese Seafood Restaurant is creating dishes any foodie will love at around $30.
When you're craving Chinese fare, head on over to L and L Chinese Seafood Restaurant and treat yourself to an upscale meal.
If you are seeking some great Chinese food in the area, look no further than the highly-rated L and L Chinese Seafood Restaurant.
Find fresh meat and cheese at Ba Le Vietnamese Sandwich Deli, a go-to deli that's sure to impress.
Whether rocking a gluten-free lifestyle or looking for something low-fat, this place will serve you just what you need.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Ba Le Vietnamese Sandwich Deli's gorgeous patio.
Great food is best enjoyed comfortably, so Ba Le Vietnamese Sandwich Deli encourages less-than-fancy attire.
Through their catering service, Ba Le Vietnamese Sandwich Deli can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Free parking is always available just seconds away from Ba Le Vietnamese Sandwich Deli.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Ba Le Vietnamese Sandwich Deli.
Ba Le Vietnamese Sandwich Deli is a cash-only restaurant.
So the next time you're looking for delicious items from a classic deli, Ba Le Vietnamese Sandwich Deli has you covered.
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.