New Steak Place, New Breakfast Place & More

Steak with sherry mushrooms at Medallion Steakhouse. (Photo courtesy of Rick Camargo)

Carnivores are flocking to Burlingame with the recent opening of Medallion Steakhouse.

Chef Thomas Sazo, also of Medjool restaurant in San Francisco, features sustainably sourced beef and local products in such dishes as prime rib spring rolls ($10) with roasted onions, peppers, provolone and cayenne ketchup; fennel and sausage pizza ($11); American Kobe sliders (two for $14); and Maine lobster risotto ($26).

There are nine different steak offerings, from a 10-ounce corn-fed skirt steak ($25) to a 12-ounce corn-fed Chateaubriand ($46).

Spring rolls stuffed with prime rib. Really. (Photo courtesy of Drew Altizer)

On the other side of the Bay, the Sunny Side Cafe has opened in downtown Berkeley, serving breakfast and lunch daily.

It’s the sister restaurant to the original locale in Albany.

Chef Aaron French, who has a master’s degree in ecology from San Francisco State University, primarily uses locally-sourced, sustainable, certified-humane ingredients. Specialties include seasonal pancakes, Croque Monsieur, “Not-Your-Ordinary Sesame Chicken Salad Sandwich,” and a weekend tasting menu.

Through the end of November, embark on a “Gourmet Walks” tour and 50 percent of each ticket will be donated to Share Our Strength, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to alleviating childhood hunger.

Gourmet Walks may be best known for its “Gourmet Chocolate Tour,” Wednesdays and Fridays, which takes visitors on a trek around San Francisco’s Embarcadero and Union Square areas to learn and taste artisan chocolates. The three-hour tour is $49 per person.

The newest tour is “Gourmet on Hayes,” which explores one of San Francisco’s hippest neighborhoods. Among the stops on this tour are at a sophisticated tea bar, a cafe that specializes in Belgian fries with 22 different dipping sauces, and the first dedicated sake store in the United States. This tour is $59 per person.

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