Everyone knows that Mill Valley Market has the most affordable groceries in Mill Valley so head on over today and browse the latest options.
Take care of your thirst quickly with a bottle of refreshing water from Mill Valley Market.
Going on a road trip or heading to the office? Easy to take anywhere, this snack will hold you over between any meal.
This fixing adds that little something extra to any baked good, so include it in all of your favorite recipes.
Make sure you always have a variety of beverages on hand, especially during the warmer months. This drink is sure to take care of business.
Every chef needs a break from the heat, so enjoy a frozen dinner without lifting a finger.
If you're a lover of all things dairy, help yourself to some great products at Mill Valley Market for all your protein and calcium needs.
Cereal doesn't have to be boring! A breakfast box is a great addition to your morning, packed full of flavor and crunchy delight.
Bring out your Italian side in the kitchen and create a yummy pasta dish with some noodles from Mill Valley Market.
Whether you prefer your sandwich hot or cold, Mill Valley Market serves up both tasty options.
Don't let the amazing deals at this place pass you by. When you stop in today, you'll be able to browse an absolutely fabulous selection of vinegar and oil that can mean transformative changes to your cuisine.
Running low on your beverage of choice? Stock up on your favorite liquors and spirits at Mill Valley Market.
When you're looking to eat something delicious but have literally no time, you'll want to try the delicious frozen food here. It's a shortcut to perfectly scrumptious food.
Keep your whole family healthy and full with a selection of tasty canned good items from Mill Valley Market.
If you're planning a party, you will love the platters and deli munches that Mill Valley Market has to offer.
Luckily for you, this place has delicious meat in stock for your cooking.
Health-conscious eaters will love cooking with the fresh produce available here.
Ready, set, fish! For heart-healthy fare, super fresh seafood is readily available.
Whether you prefer sweet or savory dishes, you can find all of the spices and seasonings you need to make your favorite dishes here.
When you need your coffee or tea fix, the selections from Mill Valley Market will certainly come in hand.
Whether you prefer wheat or white bread, Mill Valley Market serves up a large selection of freshly-baked breads.
You can keep your car safe during your shopping visit when you opt to park at one of the nearby options.
Whether you need fresh herbs or just the basics, Mill Valley Market in Mill Valley makes it easy to round out any recipe.
Bungalow 44: A User’s Guide
Seasonal California Cuisine | Kickin’ Fried Chicken | Oyster Happy Hour | Wine and Craft Cocktails
Cocktail: Kentucky Buffalo with whiskey, maple, and walnut bitters
Appetizer: artichoke fritters, served with tarragon aioli
Entree: braised short ribs, served with parsnip purée, swiss chard, and horseradish gremolata
Dessert: beignets with espresso crème anglaise
Where to Sit
For lively conversation: the bustling bar
For a show: the counter in front of the open kitchen, which boasts a wood-burning oven
When it’s nice out: the outdoor tented patio, where crackling fire pits add to the ambiance
When to Go: between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. any night of the week for $1 oysters
“Playful American cuisine is their dictum which shines through in tuna carpaccio—here starring tissue-thin slices of tuna served with citrusy mizuna and creamy mustard sauce.” – Michelin Guide
“Short ribs are meltingly tender.”
Inside Tip: If you’re still hungry after dinner, you can order a bucket of the restaurant’s cayenne-laced Kickin’ Fried Chicken to take home.
Crème anglaise: A pourable custard made from sugar, egg yolks, and milk. So named for its prevalence in English pastry cooking.
Gremolata: an Italian condiment that typically consists of finely chopped garlic, parsley, and lemon.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Rocco's Pizza and Pasta — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
Health nuts will love Rocco's Pizza and Pasta for its gluten-free and low-fat menu options.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this pizzeria has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this pizzeria.
Rocco's Pizza and Pasta caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Rocco's Pizza and Pasta.
Take advantage of the pizzeria's reservation system, and book a table for your party.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at Rocco's Pizza and Pasta, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
This pizzeria accommodates your schedule. Pick it up yourself or have it delivered to your door.
Bring the Rocco's Pizza and Pasta's great food to your place.
Don't leave the car at home when you come in. We'll give you one of the great spaces in our parking lot. And for free.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Rocco's Pizza and Pasta.
If pizza is your all-time favorite, it's important to find a pie that's worth your while. With star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings, there's no better way to spend your time than eating some 'za at Rocco's Pizza and Pasta.
For a low-key yet delicious pizza experience, people can't stop talking about the pies at Rocco's Pizza and Pasta. Swing by for a quick bite next time pizza's on the agenda.
So when you need a pizza without the stress, Rocco's Pizza and Pasta has your back!
Rocco's Pizza and Pasta serves up hot and fresh pizzas, so head on over today and enjoy a tasty slice of paradise.
Come see why the Italian food at Rocco's Pizza and Pasta is well worth the price.
When you're ready to take a break for lunch, head over to Rocco's Pizza and Pasta and indulge in some tasty Italian dishes.
Flavorful, five-star sauces fill the menu at Frantoio Ristorante, and visitors will say it serves the best Italian fare in town.
Frantoio Ristorante features a wide variety of flavorful low-fat and gluten-free eats.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Eat out with the little ones at this restaurant, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
Take a great restaurant, add perfect party food and a fun group of people, and get a night for the ages at Frantoio Ristorante.
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at Frantoio Ristorante, you can surf the web and get some work done.
Sit outside at Frantoio Ristorante and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
Great food is best enjoyed comfortably, so Frantoio Ristorante encourages less-than-fancy attire.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the patrons at your next shindig.
Don't waste time or money searching for a parking space — pull into the lot next door at no extra charge.
For those who travel by bike, Frantoio Ristorante offers bike racks for diners.
Frantoio Ristorante is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
If you're looking to rack up your frequent flyer miles, feel free to pay by major credit card.
The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
Highly regarded, the Italian food at Frantoio Ristorante is perfect for diners looking for a nice meal out.
So amp up your lunch hour with a delicious and authentic Italian meal from Frantoio Ristorante.
For top-rated Mexican fare that customers rave about, head to Joe's Taco Lounge and Salsaria for a meal packed with bold flavor.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
This restaurant patrons can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Eat outdoors Joe's Taco Lounge and Salsaria (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
Arrive fashionably early for your pick of tables — the restaurant does not accept reservations.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Joe's Taco Lounge and Salsaria.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the guests at your next shindig.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
The restaurant is next to a parking lot, but drivers can also settle for street parking.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
At Joe's Taco Lounge and Salsaria, you can pay with any major credit card.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Joe's Taco Lounge and Salsaria since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So come to Joe's Taco Lounge and Salsaria, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican fare.
If you have had a long and hard day, swing by Joe's Taco Lounge and Salsaria and enjoy a Mexican meal in a laid back environment.
So when you're seeking a new Mexican restaurant to enjoy a tasty lunch or dinner, make your way over to the highly-rated Joe's Taco Lounge and Salsaria.
Sand Dollar Restaurant: A User’s Guide
Surf & Turf | Scenic Outdoor Seating | Live Music | Weekend Brunch
Surf: crispy fish tacos with spicy pickled cabbage, salsa, avocado, jalapeño aioli, and corn tortillas
Turf: petit steak frites—grilled filet mignon atop steak fries, served with blue-cheese slaw and tarragon aioli
Brunch: pulled-pork hash with a poached egg, toast, and potatoes
Where to Sit: Soak in Vitamin D on the deck, which is equipped with heat lamps to keep you comfortable even on cooler evenings.
When to Go: On Sundays, diners are treated to the sounds of live bluegrass music, whereas weeknights bring laid-back live jazz.
Post up inside if you want to catch a game on TV with your fish & chips and beer.
Mimosas, bloody marys, bellinis, and other brunch cocktails are just $4 each weekend.
While You’re in the Neighborhood: Check out Stinson Beach Books (3455 California 1)
just across the street, which carries popular titles and works by local authors, plus cards, maps, and small gift items.
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.