These tasty and nutritious snacks will help you push through your long workday.
Healthy eaters realize the importance of dairy in their diet. Make sure you're getting your fill of Vitamin D with dairy products from Magnolia Cafe.
The drinks available here are a great way to restore your body's natural balance, so start sipping.
When you need to prepare a quick and healthy meal, some canned goods from Magnolia Cafe will do the trick.
Whether you cook it or eat it raw, the produce from Magnolia Cafe will be tasty no matter what.
Take care of your thirst quickly with a bottle of refreshing water from Magnolia Cafe.
Packed with essential nutrients, be sure to try walk away with some delicious fish for dinner.
You can't find a better selection of spices and seasonings than the one here.
Switch up your weekly pasta routine with a new and exciting pasta recipe. Grab some noodles from Magnolia Cafe and get cooking.
Pick up a loaf of freshly-baked bread from Magnolia Cafe and create that tasty sandwich you've been craving all day.
Looking for tender and juicy meats? Here you can find delicious cuts of meat all year long.
Cereal in the morning, cereal in the evening, or cereal at suppertime. With the selection here, you'll want to eat cereal anytime.
Feeling hungry and creative? Fix up a tasty meal or salad with some oil and vinegar from here.
Frozen food will fill you up, so you can eat some now and save the rest for later.
Whether you're a double shot of espresso or a jasmine tea, this place has you covered.
If you need a quick and affordable lunch or dinner option, browse the selection of tasty TV dinners here.
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!
Traveling by car is no problem at all with the fantastic available parking near Magnolia Cafe.
Picco Restaurant: A User’s Guide
Fine Dining | Italian | Craft Cocktails
Hand-line caught ahi tuna tartare
Gnocchi with house-made fennel sausage in black truffle butter
Barbecued Wolf Ranch quail with bacon cornbread stuffing
Where to Sit: This ivy-bedecked eatery would look exactly like a rustic cabin if it weren’t for the huge windows in every section of the wall. Try to get a seat next to the glass for some romantic sunset lighting if you’re early enough in the evening. That, or ask for one of the patio tables.
When to Go: There’s certainly a lot to be said for a weekend date, but stop by on Monday night for a specially priced, one-day-only prix fixe menu that rotates every week.
Inside Tip: While the above menu shows some highlights, it’s definitely worth a repeat visit to try the risotto, hand-made every half hour all day long.
Fun Fact: The farm names sprinkled throughout the menu point out the eatery’s partners, all chosen for the sustainable practices.
Burrata: a ball of cheese consisting of a thin shell of mozzarella on the outside, and a rich blend of cheese curd and cream on the the inside. Derived from the Italian for “buttered” or “buttery.”
Kampachi: also known as Almaco jack, this relative of yellowtail and amberjack has firm flesh that strongly resembles tuna, making it a popular choice for sushi.
Fill up on fries and other comfort food at Boca Pizzeria, Village Mall at Corte Madera, a savory spot for American cuisine.
Specializing in gluten-free and low-fat fare, Boca Pizzeria, Village Mall at Corte Madera has something that every stomach will enjoy.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Open air seating is ready for diners at Boca Pizzeria, Village Mall at Corte Madera when the weather is warm.
Boca Pizzeria, Village Mall at Corte Madera is known for its great food, and it also includes a pup-friendly policy neighborhood locals love.
At Boca Pizzeria, Village Mall at Corte Madera, business casual is the norm, so save your suit and tie for another day.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
Drivers can take advantage of the parking lot near Boca Pizzeria, Village Mall at Corte Madera and save time on hunting for a parking spot.
At Boca Pizzeria, Village Mall at Corte Madera, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
A visit to Boca Pizzeria, Village Mall at Corte Madera will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule.
When you're looking for a bite of the classics, you know there's no better place than Boca Pizzeria, Village Mall at Corte Madera.
So enjoy a casual dining experience at Boca Pizzeria, Village Mall at Corte Madera and load up on some classic American dishes.
Make your way over to the highly-rated Boca Pizzeria, Village Mall at Corte Madera and taste your way through some great American dishes.
Come to Brick and Bottle for a sandwich and side — this eatery serves American cuisine everyone will love.
Brick and Bottle is a prime location for those who love BYOB eateries.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Have a big celebration coming up? Consider the private room at Brick and Bottle, perfect for large groups of revelers.
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at Brick and Bottle, you can surf the web and get some work done.
Eat outdoors Brick and Bottle (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
The restaurant can fill up quickly, so reservations are recommended.
Brick and Bottle is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
Brick and Bottle will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Store your car on the street or in a nearby lot at Brick and Bottle.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Major credit cards are accepted, so you can save yourself a trip to the ATM.
Treat yourself to breakfast, lunch, and dinner all in one place
the restaurant offers three main meals a day, though dinner is the real winner.
Isn't it time you indulged in the old classics of American food? Stop by Brick and Bottle to have a bite of deliciousness.
Brick and Bottle serves up a variety of American eats in a casual setting. Swing by today and munch on some of your favorite dishes.
Hungry for all-American cuisine? Visit Marin Brewing Company for all of your favorite American dishes.
At Marin Brewing Company, cautious eaters will appreciate the vegan, low-fat and gluten-free fare.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Seating is readily available at Marin Brewing Company for those with large parties.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Marin Brewing Company.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Marin Brewing Company's wifi.
Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation.
Folks tend to dress down at Marin Brewing Company, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
Free parking is available to Marin Brewing Company's diners that need it.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Marin Brewing Company.
Meals at Marin Brewing Company usually set you back about $30 per diner.
When you're feeling hungry, head on over to Marin Brewing Company and indulge in a tasty and innovative American dish.
So for some delicious American fare any time of the day, head to Marin Brewing Company.
You deserve an excellent meal, so head on over to Marin Brewing Company and enjoy some of the highly-rated American fare.
So next time you're looking for a brewery, Marin Brewing Company is definitely the place to go.
Cheesecake Factory entices the dessert-seeking junkie with its wide selection of tasty treats.
Discover a new dish at Cheesecake Factory, a popular restaurant with both low-fat and healthy options.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so visitors can start the night off right.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Cheesecake Factory.
Take note that the restaurant can get a bit loud, so vocal cords and eardrums should be in tip-top shape.
Great food is best enjoyed comfortably, so Cheesecake Factory encourages less-than-fancy attire.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Cheesecake Factory offers catering.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
Save money and time when you drive and dine in. You can stay for free in our wonderful and spacious parking lot.
Snacks, nibbles, and treats are all priced reasonably here.
Whether you're hungry first thing in the morning or prefer to eat a little later, Cheesecake Factory is conveniently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
If you have a sweet tooth, Cheesecake Factory will gladly help you take care of it!
So when you need a tasty and satisfying meal, visit Cheesecake Factory and munch on some American eats.
So enjoy a casual dining experience at Cheesecake Factory and load up on some classic American dishes.
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.