Sixteen Mile House: A User’s Guide
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To start: build-your-own salad, tossed tableside
Steak: slow-roasted prime rib, topped with béarnaise sauce
Seafood: fresh shellfish and fish cioppino
Sides: creamed corn and baked potato
When to Go: If you’ve got your eye on the prime rib or the catch of the day, stop in from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for an early-bird discount. Otherwise, come on a Friday or Saturday evening to pair your steak or seafood with live music.
You’ll enter through the bar, but then you’ll walk through the bar area to the dining room to be seated.
If you’re dining with kids, ask if there’s a table by the giant aquarium—they’ll be mesmerized by the clownfish.
Past Lives: The original Sixteen Mile House was built in 1872, serving travelers on their way to and from San Francisco (which stood about 16 miles away). In the late 1960s, plans to tear the building down prompted the formation of a local preservationist movement. It wasn’t successful, but in 1970 a pretty good replica opened just down the road. Since 2007, it’s been owned by the ultra-hands-on restaurateur Peter Liu—look for him behind the bar or at the host’s stand.
Béarnaise: Essentially a hollandaise with different seasonings, this popular steak sauce consists of a base of emulsified butter, egg yolks, and vinegar flavored with shallots, tarragon, and pepper.
Cioppino: A fish stew that originated in San Francisco, it’s made with the catch of the day, typically a combination of fish and shellfish.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Learn sewing skills via a take-home project such as an embroidered scarf or robe at The Sewing Machine Place (239 Broadway).
After: Kick back and wind down with a relaxing foot massage at King Body & Foot Massage (600 El Camino Real), which stays open till 11 p.m.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Peter’s Cafe (10 El Camino Real)—it shares an owner and an old-fashioned sensibility with Sixteen Mile House, but focuses on more-casual diner classics starting at 6 a.m.
Relax with friends and enjoy homemade Tex-Mex at Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Sometimes there really is something for everyone, and not just something, something delicious. Come to Chipotle Mexican Grill for food that is gluten-free, low-fat, and even vegan.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant just as much as their parents do.
Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Those searching for a quiet dinner scene may have better luck elsewhere, as the restaurant tends to get rather noisy.
Chipotle Mexican Grill does not accept reservations, so it doesn't hurt to be fashionably early.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Chipotle Mexican Grill to create the perfect night.
Patrons have access to free parking in the neighboring lot.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
Chipotle Mexican Grill offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
So seek out your mountain of chips and salsa at Chipotle Mexican Grill. Tex-Mex deliciousness awaits.
For Tex Mex that will take your palette to the next level, call Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Spice up your every day with delicious Mexican food at Chipotle Mexican Grill.
If you're searching for a great restaurant with traditional Mexican eats, look no further than Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Who doesn't love a warm tortilla? Fans of El Super Burrito say that the best Mexican fare is found right here, where top-notch ratings rule the menu.
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this restaurant won't cost you a sitter.
El Super Burrito is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
You can't book your table ahead of time at El Super Burrito, so show up early for your pick of tables.
Good luck spotting a suit and tie at El Super Burrito — casually-dressed diners are the norm here.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
If you need to feed a big crowd, El Super Burrito also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Sidle into a space on the street or park your vehicle in the adjacent lot.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, El Super Burrito is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
El Super Burrito happily accepts all major credit cards as a form of payment.
Find your sweet (or savory) spot at El Super Burrito, where you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Sample some of the highest rated Mexican dishes around when you stop in for a meal at El Super Burrito.
So head to El Super Burrito for some tasty Mexican fare.
El Super Burrito features traditional and innovative Mexican eats, so visit the restaurant today and give your taste buds a fiesta.
For a quick curry, Millbrae's Thai Stick Restaurant is a great lunch or dinner spot.
Sometimes there really is something for everyone, and not just something, something delicious. Come to Thai Stick Restaurant for food that is gluten-free, low-fat, and even vegan.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this restaurant — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
You won't be able to make a reservation at Thai Stick Restaurant — make sure to plan accordingly.
Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual.
Delivery and takeout are both available if you prefer to eat in the comfort of your own home.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
The lot adjacent to Thai Stick Restaurant provides free parking for diners.
Thai Stick Restaurant offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Menu items at Thai Stick Restaurant tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
Head on over to Thai Stick Restaurant first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Thai Stick Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Everyone enjoys Thai food, and the food at Thai Stick Restaurant will surely have you coming back for more.
When Thai food is calling your name, make your way over to Thai Stick Restaurant for some classic dishes.
It's not uncommon to find quality Chinese dishes packed with rave reviews at renowned spot Hong Kong Flower Lounge Restaurant.
Healthy food is in, as it should be, so come here for a tasty, low-fat and gluten-free bite.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
This restaurant is great for families with kids.
At Hong Kong Flower Lounge Restaurant, easily plan a night out with family, friends, coworkers and more — large parties are always welcome, and a private room is available for use.
The noise level can often drown out conversation, so make sure your party is prepared to speak up.
The restaurant takes reservations, so you can plan your next get-together ahead of time.
Dress is typically casual at Hong Kong Flower Lounge Restaurant, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Hong Kong Flower Lounge Restaurant also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Ample parking is located near Hong Kong Flower Lounge Restaurant, including options for valet, street and garage parking.
Three meals a day are served at Hong Kong Flower Lounge Restaurant, so you can choose to start your day or end your evening here.
So for an upscale meal, come indulge in the Chinese food at Hong Kong Flower Lounge Restaurant.
Thinking Chinese tonight? Make the delicious choice with Hong Kong Flower Lounge Restaurant.
Featuring fresh and flavorful American food, Millbrae Pancake House is a local favorite.
Gluten-free and low-fat is the name of the game at Millbrae Pancake House, where eating healthy, flavorful dishes is of utmost importance.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Book a private room at Millbrae Pancake House and get ready to enjoy a night of fun, feasting, and celebrating.
Reserve a table in advance and steer clear of long wait times.
Dress is typically casual at Millbrae Pancake House, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Millbrae Pancake House.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Free parking is available to Millbrae Pancake House's diners that need it.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Millbrae Pancake House.
No cash? Use any major credit card and work on reeling in those rewards.
The breakfast dishes at the restaurant really bring the crowds in, though lunch and dinner are also served.
When you are ready to try a new restaurant for lunch or dinner, make your way over to Millbrae Pancake House for tasty American fare.
So when you just need a place to go, Millbrae Pancake House is the perfect restaurant serving up American classics in Millbrae.
Millbrae Pancake House has been highly-rated by restaurant-goers, so stop by today and see what the hype is about.
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.