California

Restaurants in California

The restaurant is a slice of Americana, serving biscuits and gravy, date shakes, and burgers.

Ryan Farr has become the latest "it" chef (and artisan butcher) to San Francisco's starstruck gourmands. And while his crunchy, porcine chicharrones are dangerously addictive, it's the wieners he pedals at the Ferry Building's Farmers Market (Fridays and Saturdays) that are truly special.

In the same building as Hotel Metropolis on Mason Street, farmerbrown is where chef-owner Jay Foster creates Southern cuisine using organic and sustainable ingredients from local and African-American suppliers.

Glossy diner

As Alice Waters travels the world, spreading her gospel of “local, seasonal, sustainable,” Chez Panisse chugs steadily along in its two-story Craftsman-style home.

The name of this rustic restaurant and bar in the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa refers to its location along U.S. Highway 189. The bar has a sliced timber base and moose antler chandeliers. The adjacent dining room has white tablecloths and built-in wooden wine racks.

Café Chloe is a French bistro and coffee-tea house in the East Village. The outside is marked by large awnings and outdoor terrasse.

It’s all about the cabra (goat) at this family-owned birriería in East LA, just five minutes from downtown. Established in 1972, the Mexican café does one thing: authentic birria, or slow-cooked goat stew. The simple dishes, sans rice and beans, are served in an equally no-frill

In the Fall of 2008, Food Network celebrity chef Michael Chiarello launched this low-key dining room with wood-beamed ceilings and Venetian-plaster walls.

Located in the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, this upscale restaurant serves coastal-inspired California cuisine amid panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

Start your day with “Mike’s Mess”—a mountain of eggs scrambled with potatoes, mushrooms, and bacon, topped with cheese and sour cream—at this local favorite. Kids, however, opt for the sourdough pancakes.