Just because you're rushing doesn't mean you have to miss out on a delicious meal — Oakland's China Joe Fast Food will fill you up in a hurry.
Keep your diet in check at China Joe Fast Food, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat menu items.
Wear what you like when you dine at China Joe Fast Food — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
Place an order for pickup or schedule a delivery — the restaurant makes it easy to enjoy your meal from anywhere.
Parking has never been easier at China Joe Fast Food, a restaurant located near a variety of parking selections.
China Joe Fast Food offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
For food that's both fast and top quality, make the right choice with China Joe Fast Food.
A culinary gem, Fruitvale Cafe and Grill in Oakland is an acclaimed spot for a flavorful menu. The excellent quality, set in a nice atmosphere, will make you a regular.
A highly-regarded option in Saint Elizabeth, Fruitvale definitely stands out from the rest. Visitors to the restaurant have access to a private lot nearby or can park on the street.
Swing by Topper's Pizza in Oakland for your next meal.
Topper's Pizza has a large variety of flavorful and healthy dishes.
You'll find most people wearing their favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as casual dining is Topper's Pizza's style.
Enjoy this restaurant's cooking from your own home with their carryout and delivery options.
Save time and money with nearby parking options at Topper's Pizza.
You won't get sticker shock from your bill at Topper's Pizza — prices are usually less than $15.
Complete your grocery shopping in one visit at New Ocean Food Market in Oakland and stock your kitchen with your favorites.
New Ocean Food Market is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
When you come home late, you don't want to wait to eat. That's why picking up some canned foods from New Ocean Food Market will help speed up prep time on just those very nights.
Do you meet your recommended calcium intake? If not, pick up some dairy products and put yourself on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
Street parking is provided for those dining at the store's International Blvd location.
Get your grocery shopping done in a pinch. New Ocean Food Market has everything you need to make a great meal in Oakland.
Taste a single scoop or treat yourself to a sundae at Cheri Ice Cream and Coffee Shop, a full-service ice cream shop you're sure to love.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Don't fret! Parking options are readily available near Cheri Ice Cream and Coffee Shop.
You won't find better prices in town than at Cheri Ice Cream and Coffee Shop, so grab all the snacks you can carry.
When you have ice cream on your mind, come satisfy your craving at Cheri Ice Cream and Coffee Shop.
Cheri Ice Cream and Coffee Shop certainly has any kind of deli meats you need to make your meals taste great.
For that can't-get-enough Mexican flavor, check out El Tapatio Restaurant, where five-star dishes are just over the counter.
Health nuts will love El Tapatio Restaurant for its gluten-free and low-fat menu options.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
This restaurant is very loud, so prepare for a wall of sound.
Be sure to make reservations so you can get seated right away.
No need to put on airs for a trip to El Tapatio Restaurant — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
Throwing a big party? Count on El Tapatio Restaurant to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
You've heard correctly. This restaurant offers both delivery or carryout.
Diners at El Tapatio Restaurant will love the simple and nearby street parking options.
So come to El Tapatio Restaurant, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican fare.
So add some spice to your life and head on over to El Tapatio Restaurant for a tasty and ethnic Mexican meal.
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.