Come for a tasty meal at Jesss Place that the whole family will love.
Help yourself to a healthier lifestyle at Jesss Place, where gluten-free and low-fat plates are the standard.
We don't expect you to keep driving around the block to find metered parking. We've got some space for you here.
Save the cash for another day and pay by major credit card at Jesss Place.
So when you're on the market for some great American cuisine, check out Jesss Place.
Passing through San Jose with a long drive ahead? Get some rest and a satisfying meal at Clarion Inn Silicon Valley in San Jose.
This hotel features an on-site business center for those who need to complete work tasks during their stay.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
Selecting a room choice has never been easier with the affordable and spacious suite options at this hotel.
Grab a quick workout at the hotel's great fitness center.
Love to swim where you stay? Clarion Inn Silicon Valley has you covered. Their in-house pool is available for all guests.
Clarion Inn Silicon Valley makes it easy for guests to grab a quick bite in the morning with free and delicious breakfast.
There is parking close to the hotel.
If you're looking to love your next motel in San Jose, Clarion Inn Silicon Valley's got you covered.
For hearty Southern grub, Southern Kitchen is your go-to spot.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Seating is readily available at Southern Kitchen for those with large parties.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Southern Kitchen patrons come in casual attire.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Score! Southern Kitchen provides free parking to all diners in the lot next door.
So head on over to Southern Kitchen, where you can taste all the best Southern foods.
Enjoy bottomless chips and salsa and a casual ambiance at La Costa del Sol SAN JOSE.
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.
Sit outside at La Costa del Sol SAN JOSE and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
With delivery and take-out options, you can enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of your own living room.
Make use of the ample parking near La Costa del Sol SAN JOSE.
La Costa del Sol SAN JOSE is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
So swing by La Costa del Sol SAN JOSE to get a bite out of your favorite Mexican dish.
Isn't it time to experience the taste of Mexican cuisine at La Costa del Sol SAN JOSE's premier restaurant?
Get your coffee fix under control at Starbucks.
Feeling healthy? Head to Starbucks for some delicious gluten-free fare.
Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at Starbucks.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Starbucks.
With a host of nearby parking options, many choose to drive to dinner.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Starbucks.
If you need a midday pick-me-up, you can count on the coffee from Starbucks to do the trick.
Enjoy some casual diner fun at City Diner.
City Diner serves food that not only tastes great, but is low in fat and gluten-free.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Families will feel right at home at this restaurant with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at City Diner.
Make a reservation to ensure your night goes according to schedule.
City Diner's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — City Diner offers catering.
Forget the hassle of street parking and head to City Diner for easy access to parking lots.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
A meal at City Diner will typically set you back about $30.
You can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any major credit card.
The breakfast menu receives the most rave reviews from patrons, but you can also stop in for lunch and dinner later in the day.
So stop on by City Diner for a casual meal with all the diner foods you love!
It's dinner time at the diner — head on over to City Diner.
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.