If your hydration habits could use some work, pick up some delicious beverages to drink with a meal or on the go.
Whether you're dressing a salad or cooking up a storm, oil and vinegar are essential kitchen items, so make sure you have an ample amount on hand.
Don't have time for breakfast? Quick and crunchy, cereal is a great way to start your morning no matter how late you're running.
For those who can't cook, rest assured that the frozen foods available here will sate your hunger.
When you're looking for a caffeine fix, Oak Park Cafe has the best coffee and tea to get you going.
You'll be amazed at how much time you can save by buying canned food. It's like a shortcut to a better prepared meal.
Bread at Oak Park Cafe is absolutely delicious.
Water junkies can get their gulp on with a swig from Oak Park Cafe.
Pick up some noodles from Oak Park Cafe and create a tasty pasta dish for lunch or dinner.
Chicken, beef, sausage, and more are all available from this fine establishment for your cuisine.
Cooking for your date night? Pick up some spices and seasonings from here and make an impressive and tasty dish.
Catch all your omega-3 fatty acids! Fish are delicious and nutritious, so start planning your next seafood platter.
Don't get enough dairy in your diet? Dairy products from this store are sure to deliver all the nutrients you need.
Dive into dinner and a movie without dirtying a single dish! A frozen meal will make things super simple seven days a week.
Stay healthy on the regular with the produce available here. It's super fresh and can be used with any meal.
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!
Feeling hungry? Your favorite healthy and light snacks are waiting for you at Oak Park Cafe.
Oak Park Cafe is located in close proximity to available parking in the surrounding area.
Six Things to Know About Tahoe Joe's Famous Steakhouse
The Tahoe Joe in Tahoe Joe's Famous Steakhouse isn’t just a catchy name. He was a real guy who became known for his larger than life personality during the late 19th Century, when he would serve up his charm and hearty cuisine to miners in the Sierra Mountains. In 1993, some more modern restaurateurs founded Tahoe Joe's Famous Steakhouse to carry on his legacy. Read on to see how they still pay tribute to this vivacious chef through burgers, seafood, chicken, and steaks at 10 locations throughout California.
The restaurants have racked up dozens of awards over the years. These include such lofty accolades as “Best Steakhouse,” “Best Appetizer,” and “Best Restaurant Named for A Guy Who Used to Smile a Whole Lot.”
Entering a restaurant is like traveling to Lake Tahoe. Each location emanates the vibe of a ski lodge, replete with log pine beams that stretch from the ceiling to the floor. Hand-painted teepee lamps speckle the space, and a fireplace casts a flickering flow across the dining room’s turn-of-the-century photographs and artifacts.
The chefs have a specialty for every part of the meal. They start by hand-battering the Railroad Camp Shrimp appetizer, then shift to the entree, Joe's Slow-roasted steak, which they cook for 19 hours before finishing it over an almond wood fire. All that’s left is the ultra-thick Nevada cheesecake.
Not just any beef will do. Joe’s chefs only cook with mid-western, corn fed steaks that have aged a minimum of 28 days.
Those who arrive after 3 p.m. are in for a special treat. That’s when the cooks start serving the slow-roasted prime rib.
The bartenders more than hold their own. And many of their specialties come inside mason jars, such as Jack Daniel's Honey Lemonade, consisting of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey Whiskey mixed with a made-from-scratch lemonade.
Come for a tasty meal at Jack's Restaurant and Bar that the whole family will love.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this restaurant.
There's no need to cram the whole gang into a booth — with the private room at Jack's Restaurant and Bar, you'll find a wonderful option for big groups looking for a place to celebrate.
Dine out in the open during Jack's Restaurant and Bar's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
Take advantage of the restaurant's reservation system, and book a table for your party.
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Jack's Restaurant and Bar.
For the tastes of Jack's Restaurant and Bar from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Street and lot parking is simple near Jack's Restaurant and Bar.
Jack's Restaurant and Bar offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, Jack's Restaurant and Bar is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
At Jack's Restaurant and Bar, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
Jack's Restaurant and Bar has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
A hearty salad, juicy burger, or classic chicken — all of your favorite American dishes will be made fresh when you head to Jack's Restaurant and Bar.
Jack's Restaurant and Bar has something for everyone with great American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at Jack's Restaurant and Bar is all about.
Chipotle Mexican Grill is a Tex-Mex favorite amongst locals and tourists.
Easily avoid animal products, gluten and high-fat items when you dine at Chipotle Mexican Grill, where dietary needs are always considered.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Chipotle Mexican Grill.
A relatively loud restaurant, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
Make plans ahead of time and reserve a table to avoid the wait.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Chipotle Mexican Grill for their catering services.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
Avoid parallel parking and slide into a spot free of charge — the restaurant offers free parking next door.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Chipotle Mexican Grill is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Chipotle Mexican Grill since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Next time you're craving some down-home Tex-Mex, eat your heart out at Chipotle Mexican Grill.
So treat yourself to a tasty Tex Mex meal from Chipotle Mexican Grill and munch and crunch your way through endless flavors.
Sample some of the highest rated Mexican dishes around when you stop in for a meal at Chipotle Mexican Grill.
If you prefer casual dining, head on over to Chipotle Mexican Grill and enjoy some Mexican fare in a comfortable setting.
Why not make tonight's dinner a Mexican fiesta with a trip to Chipotle Mexican Grill!
Devinos Pizza and Pasta does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
G-free and low-fat are just a couple of examples, come here for a quick bite that will leave you feeling healthy.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This pizzeria serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Devinos Pizza and Pasta is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
Make a reservation to ensure your night goes according to schedule.
No need to be formal, business casual will pass.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Devinos Pizza and Pasta for their catering services.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this pizzeria.
Devinos Pizza and Pasta offers complimentary parking at a lot close by.
Bike parking is also available outside the pizzeria.
Meals at Devinos Pizza and Pasta are incredibly tasty and reasonably priced around $30.
So come taste the pizza at Devinos Pizza and Pasta for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
For a casual meal that is highly-rated, look no further than Devinos Pizza and Pasta's pizza.
Devinos Pizza and Pasta cooks up great, casual pizzas just how you want them: delicious and scrumptious.
You won't want to go anywhere else for a superlative piece of pizza than to Devinos Pizza and Pasta's great restaurant.
Devinos Pizza and Pasta is the place to go if you're looking for quality and highly-rated Italian food.
Is your mouth watering yet? Time to head over to Devinos Pizza and Pasta for some delicious Italian cuisine.
For a lunch that will ease those midday hunger pains, head to Escape From Fisherman's Wharf for a deli sandwich or salad.
The healthy menu items at Escape From Fisherman's Wharf will leave you with a full stomach.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Dine out in the open during Escape From Fisherman's Wharf's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
The large dining space at Escape From Fisherman's Wharf provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
Reservations are not accepted at Escape From Fisherman's Wharf, so you may encounter a crowd during rush hours.
You'll find most people wearing their favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as casual dining is Escape From Fisherman's Wharf's style.
Through their catering service, Escape From Fisherman's Wharf can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Free parking is available to Escape From Fisherman's Wharf's diners that need it.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
Make sure your wallet is stocked with green, as Escape From Fisherman's Wharf only takes cash.
Escape From Fisherman's Wharf dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
Escape From Fisherman's Wharf boasts one of the best delis around, and they're awaiting your visit today!
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.