Pop over to Pizza Factory for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
You can't go wrong with pizza or pasta, so take your time sampling the menu from start to finish.
This pizzeria is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on Pizza Factory's complimentary wifi.
Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this pizzeria, though, as it can get quite loud.
Pizza Factory is first-come, first-served, so plan accordingly.
You want food. You can take it or we'll leave it — just as simple as that. Let us know your preference.
Diners will appreciate the quick and easy parking options located near this dining establishment.
Cyclists are in luck. Pizza Factory provides bike parking.
If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at Pizza Factory.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Pizza Factory is at the top of the list.
Find out how many slices you can eat! Pizza Factory's pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
Find your happy place as you relax in the casual atmosphere and munch on delicious pizza at Pizza Factory.
After learning about Pizza Factory, you definitely just found your new pizza place.
For that fresh, out-of-the-oven taste, Round Table Pizza in Oakley's Oakley serves mouthwatering pizza with a down-home feel.
Round Table Pizza knows how to make gluten-free and low-fat fare taste great, so stop by for a healthy (and flavorful) bite.
Be sure to complete your meal at this pizzeria with a drink from the pizzeria's full bar.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this pizzeria — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Round Table Pizza tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Round Table Pizza as well.
Place an order for pickup or schedule a delivery — the pizzeria makes it easy to enjoy your meal from anywhere.
We're happy to report we have parking available onsite. We'll meet you here.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Round Table Pizza.
Your tab at Round Table Pizza will generally run you about $30 per person.
Featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the pizzeria's evening menu is rated top-of-the-line.
Why not keep it casual tonight? Head on over to Round Table Pizza, where you can enjoy a delicious variety of pizza and a casual, care-free atmosphere.
So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Round Table Pizza and enjoy a slice of yummy pizza pie.
Indulge in a wide array of American dishes at Foster's Bighorn.
Calling all gluten-free and low-fat diners! Foster's Bighorn has a multitude of dishes right up your alley that are freshly-prepared and taste amazing.
Foster's Bighorn also has large TVs for your viewing pleasure.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Host your next party at Foster's Bighorn for a meal your guests will remember.
Crowds tend to pack the place on weekends, so call ahead to reserve a table.
Head to Foster's Bighorn in comfort, where attire is business casual.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Street parking is always accessible for those dining at Foster's Bighorn.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Foster's Bighorn.
Foster's Bighorn may cost you a little bit more than some spots, but this deliciousness is fairly-priced (and well worth the few extra bucks).
So when you need to cure your hunger craving, visit Foster's Bighorn and treat yourself to a tasty American dish.
When you're in need of a casual night out, head to Foster's Bighorn and enjoy some great American classics.
When you need an American restaurant that is sure to impress, come to the highly-rated Foster's Bighorn.
Find just what you're looking for at Black Bear Diner — this diner serves up top ratings (not to mention tasty shakes).
Go out for a vegan meal packed with vitamins and flavor at Black Bear Diner.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this restaurant with its kid-friendly fare.
Your large group can all sit together at Black Bear Diner.
Get to the restaurant early to have your pick of tables — with its no-reservation policy, the place can fill up at busy times.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Black Bear Diner's laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Drivers can park in the neighboring lot.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Black Bear Diner.
The breakfast menu receives the most rave reviews from patrons, but you can also stop in for lunch and dinner later in the day.
What gives a diner such a high rating? See (and taste) for yourself at Black Bear Diner.
So make tonight casual with great diner fare from Black Bear Diner.
When you're in the mood for a classic diner experience, Black Bear Diner is simply the best in town.
For casual cuisine that everyone will enjoy, stop by La Costa for a Mexican-style menu in Oakley's Oakley neighborhood.
Specializing in gluten-free and low-fat fare, La Costa has something that every stomach will enjoy.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at La Costa.
La Costa's outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.
The restaurant accepts reservations, so it's simple to snag a table in advance.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
La Costa offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Wallets are fragile things. That's why we don't break them. Food typically priced under $15.
The only payment method that La Costa accepts is cash.
La Costa has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Swing by the restaurant at literally any hour — it's open 24 hours a day.
So amp up your lunch hour and head over to La Costa for a casual Mexican meal.
La Costa certainly will have you begging for more Mexican cuisine, even after ordering your second plate!
If you're looking for heaven on a bun, you'll love the sizzling franks at Brentwood's Designer Dogs.
Designer Dogs combines great flavors with healthy ingredients for dishes that not just taste good but make you feel good too.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Designer Dogs' patio.
Designer Dogs is a great location to host a group dinner.
Don't ditch your four-legged pal outside — dogs are more than welcome at Designer Dogs.
No need to gussy up for a trip to Designer Dogs, where patrons dress for comfort and fun.
Impress the visitors at your next gathering by calling in Designer Dogs for catering.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
Drivers will be happy to know that Designer Dogs is located near many street and lot parking options.
Designer Dogs provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
Chow down on breakfast, lunch, or dinner fare at Designer Dogs — they're open for all three meals.
So sit back with a hot dog and fries and enjoy the all-American menu at Designer Dogs.
You have one day to find the best day spas in Sacramento—and you want to squeeze in every ounce of relaxation possible. So you can truly unwind, we took away the stress of planning the day from start to finish with this itinerary for a Sacramento spa day.
A light but filling breakfast with a balance of protein and fiber will best prepare you for your spa day. Try the Denver crepe with scrambled eggs at Crepeville or the oatmeal with soymilk and fresh fruit at Jamba Juice. Make sure to stay hydrated, too—your body will need lots of fluids to flush out toxins.
Before your first treatment, take some time to relax and let your stomach settle by meditating, reading, or taking a short walk.
Start with a full-body treatment that includes aromatherapy, such as the Body Glow treatment infused with rosemary, sage, and chamomile at The Spa Simply Skin or Serene Relaxation’s lavender body treatment.
Next, start from the bottom and work your way up. Save a mani-pedi for the end of the day, and use the morning to indulge in a different foot service, such as Thai reflexology at Sher-Thai Massage.
Guzzle water or herbal teas throughout lunch and choose a meal that’s satisfying but not too filling—you don’t want to feel uncomfortable during your massage. Try a soup-and-salad combo at Luna’s Café and Juice Bar.
As you did after breakfast, take a break to relax. We suggest a shopping interlude at Heart Clothing Boutique or a stop at Melange Boutique for one of its fashion consultations.
It doesn’t get much more relaxing than a signature massage. Try an Eastern or Western massage style at Body Continuum or relax with a custom integrated massage at Sacramento Massage Studio.
Following the massage, it’s time for a facial. Here, personalization is key, so head to a Sacramento day spa that offers a custom facial, such as Luxe Hair Lounge and Day Spa or Dandelion Spa.
Finish your skyward movement with a treatment for your topmost parts. The Westin Sacramento hotel’s Spa LaLé offers 25-minute acupressure or hot-stone massages for the face and scalp.
As you’re winding down, grab a light dinner somewhere nice. Pick a seafood restaurant such as Fins Market & Grill or choose from the wide selection of fresh, low-calorie cuisine at Seasons 52. You can also treat yourself to some aphrodisiac foods if you're gearing up for a romantic evening. Now is also the time for bachelorette parties to break out the champagne. And it can’t be said often enough: keep drinking water!
Pamper your hands and feet with an evening mani-pedi at New Happy Day Spa. Open until 10 p.m. daily, the spa offers luxurious Bronze, Silver, and Gold nail treatments, each more indulgent than the last.
Sacramento has become known as America's capital of farm-to-fork cuisine, and it’s easy to see why. Consider the geography surrounding the city: a whopping 70% of the land is either agricultural, forest, or open space, including the Sierra Nevada foothills and the Capay Valley. That means there are 7,000-plus acres of local farms that Sacramento restaurants can partner with to make farm-to-fork dishes. Many of these Sacramento farms still ship their products across the country, but regional restaurants have capitalized on an opportunity that's pretty much a chef's dream: pick up fresh produce in the morning, and serve it for lunch and dinner. Oliver Ridgeway is the executive chef at Grange Restaurant, a prominent restaurant in the city's farm-to-fork scene. He first made connections with growers at local farmer’s markets, and now he visits mosts of the farms he buys from regularly. "Local food tastes better," he says. "They pick it, you eat it the next day. Simple." But Ridgeway doesn't buy from local farms just because of the fresh taste. He's passionate about supporting a community, not to mention supporting a better environment. "Farmers work really hard to produce amazing ingredients that will supply our local restaurants, which helps the local economy," Ridgeway says. "It's great for our future. By supporting the farmers now, we will ensure the next generation is set up with nutritious and delicious food." Ridgeway gave us some of his recommendations for farms that grow the best organic produce in Sacramento. And, of course, he also clued us in on some places to eat in Sacramento where the chefs are dedicated to the farm-to-fork concept.Heirloom Tomatoes from Watanabe FarmsChef Ridgeway loves all the farms he works with, but one of his favorite relationships is with Heidi Watanabe of Watanabe Farms, who helps supply the restaurant with different produce year-round. “She grows pristine produce,” he says. “She specializes in heirloom tomatoes that are some of the best I have ever tasted!”Kale from Capay OrganicCapay Organic grows 130-plus fruit and vegetable varieties in the Capay and Imperial Valleys, on certified organic land. Green, red, and lacinato kale is grown year-round, along with other greens such as rainbow chard. The farm supplies to more than a dozen local restaurants, including Farmhouse Inn. There's a good chance you'll come across their produce in a main course such as Farmhouse’s roasted breast of guinea hen with grilled asparagus, leek potato puree, and celery soubise.Honeyloupe from Full Belly FarmFull Belly Farm grows many different varieties of melons perfect for late-summer snacking. Along with fresh watermelons in all colors and sizes, the farm produces honeyloupe, a sweet mix between a cantaloupe and honeydew with smooth, pale skin. Look for the farm’s melons at stores and markets around the city, and at Gather Restaurant in nearby Berkeley, where it’s served in the melon gazpacho.Farm-to-Fork Meals at Downtown Sacramento RestaurantsAside from Grange, locals and visitors alike can enjoy a farm-to-fork meal at these downtown Sacramento restaurants: Ella Dining Room and Bar: New American and French-style cooking made with seasonally and regionally sourced ingredients thanks to the Selland Family’s 20-year relationship with local farmers and ranchers. Kru: Chef and owner Billy Ngo prepares inventive Japanese dishes with the help of locally sourced ingredients. The Porch Restaurant & Bar: Chef Jon infuses Southern dishes with a Californian approach, using strictly local ingredients to make watermelon salads, skillet cornbread, and other regional classics.
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.