For falafel, hummus, kebabs, and more, check out Fremont's Falafel, etc.
Break out of your routine and head to Falafel, etc for low-fat and healthy fare.
Bring the whole family to this restaurant, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
During the summer months, don't miss out on Falafel, etc's outdoor patio seating.
Falafel, etc prides itself in its delicious catering.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Parking is available at an adjacent lot.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Falafel, etc.
If you're searching for a great Middle Eastern restaurant in the area, look no further than Falafel, etc.
If you need that extra push to get you through your workday, a coffee or tea from Los Altos Supermarket will do the trick.
When you need a quick meal after a long day of work, a TV dinner from here is sure to fill you up in a jiffy.
Produce like this is not just nutritious...it's delicious, too!
Whether you prefer wheat or white bread, Los Altos Supermarket serves up a large selection of freshly-baked breads.
For dairy lovers out there, this store does dairy right, so make sure to pick up some on your next trip.
Looking for comfort food? What's better than spaghetti or a savory pasta dish? Grab some of this pasta today and your next meal will be on-point!
If rushing out the door is your morning routine, be sure to pick up a box of cereal for a quick and easy breakfast solution.
Go under the sea with a few fresh catches, and enjoy a meal rich in protein and flavor.
When you body needs hydration most, grab some drinks off the shelf.
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!
Whether you're dressing a salad or cooking up a storm, oil and vinegar are essential kitchen items, so make sure you have an ample amount on hand.
When the heat gets the best of you, water is more important than ever. Cool off no matter where you are with a bottle from Los Altos Supermarket.
If you're planning out your weekly meals, you will appreciate the assortment of snacks at Los Altos Supermarket.
What's better than soup on a rainy day? Be sure you have some on hand.
Turn your kitchen into a gourmet chef's paradise with the great spices and seasonings.
For a sampling of the best meats, you'll want to head here directly without delay.
You'll definitely want to experiment with frozen foods to help maximize your time in the evening.
Drivers will love the easy parking options just steps away from Los Altos Supermarket.
Whether you prefer wheat or white bread, Aramark serves up a large selection of freshly-baked breads.
Health nuts will go crazy for the refreshing beverages available here, a great way to stay happy and hydrated.
Make sure you always have the ingredients to make a delicious dessert on hand.
If no-muss, no-fuss is your kind of attitude, a delicious TV dinner may be right up your alley.
These tasty and nutritious snacks will help you push through your long workday.
Every kitchen requires oil and vinegar. When you need something acidic to balance out a recipe, vinegar will do the trick, or when you need something slick to grease the pan, oil is often a cook's first choice.
You'll definitely want to experiment with frozen foods to help maximize your time in the evening.
Whether you prefer coffee or tea, Aramark offers options for both the coffee enthusiast and the tea lover.
Ready, set, fish! For heart-healthy fare, super fresh seafood is readily available.
If you're worried about your protein intake, you'll rest assured that great, delicious meats are available here.
If you always seem to have one foot out the door, breakfast can be tricky. For a quick and easy solution, a box of cereal is right up your alley.
Just a pinch of one of the seasonings and spices available here will help take your meal to greatness.
Pick up some fresh and tasty pasta from Aramark and slurp your way to happiness.
Eating healthy isn't always easy, but with produce on hand like this it just got easier.
Yogurt, cheese, milk? Do some or all of these sound great to you? Be a dairy fan and purchase some dairy products. They will keep you happy and healthy.
Take care of your thirst quickly with a bottle of refreshing water from Aramark.
At Aramark, you can find a large selection of canned food items and other tasty meal items.
Forget the stress of parking spot hunting and park in one of the options located near Aramark.
If warm tortillas and chips 'n salsa is your idea of a good time, Casa Robles Mexican Restaurant should be right up your Mexican-food-eating alley. Rave reviews are the norm here, so come ready to eat.
Did you know that food that's low in fat can taste great, too? Casa Robles Mexican Restaurant's healthy dishes prove that flavor and freshness go hand in hand.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Don't stay inside on a beautiful day! Come sit on the patio at Casa Robles Mexican Restaurant and order great food.
Casa Robles Mexican Restaurant caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
Make a reservation to ensure your table is ready when you are.
Just let this restaurant know how you want it. You can have the food delivered or carried out yourself.
You can also have Casa Robles Mexican Restaurant cater your next event.
For convenience, diners can park in a neighboring lot.
Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes Casa Robles Mexican Restaurant has to offer.
If you're looking to rack up your frequent flyer miles, feel free to pay by major credit card.
Breakfast bites, light lunches, and delicious dinners are all offered at Casa Robles Mexican Restaurant.
So come to Casa Robles Mexican Restaurant, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican fare.
So swing by Casa Robles Mexican Restaurant to get a bite out of your favorite Mexican dish.
Casa Robles Mexican Restaurant serves up some of the best Mexican fare in town, so head on over today and treat yourself to some authentic eats.
Visit The Vine for some true American comfort food.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
Parents, bring your kids along to this restaurant, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Home to one of the happiest happy hours, pop in after work for great drinks and good company.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to The Vine for a group meal.
Wifi is on the house at The Vine, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
Don't stay inside on a beautiful day! Come sit on the patio at The Vine and order great food.
Don't ditch your four-legged pal outside — dogs are more than welcome at The Vine.
The restaurant can get thronged with crowds on Fridays and Saturdays, so book your table ahead of time through their reservation system.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from The Vine to create the perfect night.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Both street parking and lot parking are available near The Vine.
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.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on The Vine's moderately priced fare.
Payment is simple and all major credit cards are accepted.
The best American dishes are cooked up by the great crew at The Vine, and they're waiting to serve you!
For a casual American classic, The Vine will serve you up a delicious meal in Fremont.
Z Pizza's piping pizza is just as hot as its ratings, and customers call this tasty spot one of the best around.
You can enjoy vegan and gluten-free fare at Z Pizza.
This pizzeria patrons can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this pizzeria, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Z Pizza is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Call ahead for reservations to ensure your table is waiting for you when you arrive.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Z Pizza is come-as-you-are.
This pizzeria will bring your food right to your doorstep if you prefer to make it a night in, or swing by the pizzeria yourself to carry out your meal.
You can also have Z Pizza cater your next event.
Parking is easy at Z Pizza, especially those looking to park on the street or in a lot close by.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Z Pizza — swing by for your favorite meal.
So come taste the pizza at Z Pizza for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
Find out how many slices you can eat! Z Pizza's pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
Why not keep it casual tonight? Head on over to Z Pizza, where you can enjoy a delicious variety of pizza and a casual, care-free atmosphere.
So gather up your friends and family and head on over to Z Pizza for a night filled with pizza and fun.
Experience the best gluten-free meals around by entrusting your next meal to the team at Z Pizza.
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.
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.
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.