Mochi's Picks: Our Favorite Places to Eat

Grilled chicken with market veggies at Westville, NYC Our staff at Mochi loves to eat. And we know that with so many dining options and endless restaurant reviews to filter through, it's hard to narrow down your options when you're looking for a great meal. That's why Mochi's staff is here to share our favorite places to eat, from the west coast to the east coast. Check out these spots for a guaranteed satisfying meal — and who knows, you might even run into one of us Mochi staffers stuffing our faces unashamedly.

 

 

Crystal Yan, our marketing representative, loves the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market — a Califonia-certified farmers market, located in San Francisco. This market is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays offering various produce, breads and cheeses, but the Thursday market is the one you don't want to miss. On this day, Crystal describes how "San Francisco's best restaurants come out to prepare fresh, restaurant-caliber street food," such as smoked sausage, deep-fried asparagus and homemade gelato. Crystal praises the Korean tacos, priced at 1 for $2.50 or 2 for $4, made of "kimchi sauce, freshly diced tomato, pico de gallo, rib meat and sushi rice on salted seaweed sheets — an Asian fusion twist on a fresh Mex favorite."

If you love Asian food, try Layang Layang, a Malaysian restaurant in San Jose, Calif. known for its vegetarian menu option. Noel Duan, fashion features editor, describes how she loves their "pretty Asian drinks and desserts, pineapple fried rice and the Satay Tofu, because it's the only way I can enjoy my tofu — with peanut sauce!"

Albaloo Polo dish from Yaas Restaurant

For the adventurous foodie, Noel also suggests Yas restaurant in San Jose, for their delectable Persian food that's "full of spices without being too pungent," and is the place to go to if "you're craving huge helpings of fragrant rice and giant lamb or chicken kabobs. The servings are giant and they give you pita bread and butter with all meals." She particularly recommends the Albaloo Polo, a dish of saffron rice with sour cherries and chicken, which is a healthier version of sweet and sour chicken.

"There are so many great restaurants in Boston and of such variety," says Angela Lee, our copy chief, who frequents Sunset Cantina and Sunset Grill & Tap, two sister chain Mexican restaurants. Both places serve "their infamous mountain-pile of nachos, but they also have sandwiches, burgers, salads and a brunch menu." For the 21-and-up crowd, " Cantina offers a large margarita selection and 69 tequilas, while Grill & Tap specializes in 112 beers on tap." (WOW). Angela says, "You know how certain foods just hit the spot perfectly? Steak enchiladas are one of them for me. They come with half-sour pickles that are always delish. Their coconut and lime margaritas are yummy, too."

Peanut Butter & Co

On the east coast, in Greenwich Village, New York City, Eunice Roh, fashion/beauty staffer, raves about Peanut Butter & Co, a sandwich shop that "creates drool-worthy peanut butter creations that are not your mother's peanut butter and jelly." Her favorite is "The Heat Is On Sandwich," which is a spicy peanut butter and chilled grilled chicken sandwich, with a little bit of pineapple jam. Though the sandwiches are out of the ordinary, each one is packed with carrot sticks or chips in a recyclable brown bag, for an old school feel.

For you veggie-lovers in New York City, Jennifer Kung, blog managing editor, recommends Westville, a moderately-priced restaurant known for its incredible selection of market fresh vegetables. "It sounds boring and bland (since I'm talking about veggies), but it's SO good," says Jennifer. "It fills you up like none other, but since it's all vegetables, you don't feel guilty afterward." Her go-to dish is a combination of beets, mushrooms, garlic mashed potatoes and kale — but don't worry carnivores, Westville also offers a wide selection of meat dishes, such as their grilled pork chop smothered with onions and mushrooms.

Aren't you hungry now? (Cause we sure are.)

Since we're major foodies and would love to check out delicious spots we may be missing out on, leave a comment letting us know your favorite places to eat as well. Share the wealth.

Photo (top) of grilled chicken with market veggies at Westville,courtesy of Emily Koh; (middle) photo of Albaloo Polo dish, courtesy of Yaas restaurant; (bottom) photo courtesy of Peanut Butter & Co