The restaurant scene is roaring back to life in the South Bay and a common theme among them is restaurants featuring a unique bar program paired to a dining menu equal in creativity. While the concept of bringing together your favorite bar with gourmet bar bites is no new feat, here are 15 top-notch gastropubs in the South Bay.
Anneli Rufus is a Mystic Mint-craving, award-winning journalist whose work can be found at Psychology Today, Spirituality & Health, Experience Life, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Huffington Post and other venues. She is also the author of numerous books, including Party of One: The Loners' Manifesto and Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself.
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Wild game is now the hottest thing on more and more Bay Area menus. Is the increasing ubiquity of deer, elk, boar, bison and other such creatures the latest phase — after bacon-in-everything, whole-animal butchery and in-your-face offal — in a search for the meatiest meats? Or does it signify an urban yearning for the gritty, blood-and-gutsy past?
University dining facilities have come a long way since those old mystery-meat days. Increasingly organic, seasonal, local and otherwise sustainable, dining halls at UC Berkeley, Stanford and other schools are some of the best buffet-style eating-out bargains in this era of the $12 hamburger.