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Five Things to Know About Eating Inside the New Chase Center
From throwback burgerdogs to luxury wine vaults at the new home of the Warriors
More than 18,000 seats deep, with the largest LED screen in NBA history, the brand new and sparkly Chase Center opens next week — and sports fans and concert goers won’t have to suffer through sad nachos to survive the game. It’s still stadium food though, with thousands of pounds of barbecue and pizza dough, courtesy of food-service corporations Bon Appétit Management Company and Levy Restaurants. But there are also some interesting options from smaller local restaurants, including dim sum, lumpia, and tamales.
Stay tuned for a full guide to all of the food and drink vendors, coming closer to the first concert week. But for now, here are some things to look out for.
There are some throwbacks to try
The Burgerdog from Hot Dog Bill’s was the fan favorite with season ticket holders, who got an early taste last week. Dating back to 1950, exclusively served at the Olympic Club, and beloved by Herb Caen, it’s exactly what it sounds like — ground chuck on hot dog bun, hit with special sauce. The other early front-runner seems to be the lobster roll from Sam’s Chowder House, the Half Moon Bay institution, featuring hunks of seafood cloaked in the right amount of mayo.
There’s a gold-trimmed buffet
The “theater boxes,” are a string of 60 connected four-person tables, pictured above, with seats facing the court. It’s all very luxe — a long stretch of red banquets faces a gold-trimmed bar and serving stations, shared by the entire section. Buy a box for four people, and it’s an all-inclusive for food and drinks, including chips and guacamole, pretzel knots with mustards, Nashville-style hot chicken sliders, Sam’s lobster rolls, and more. There will also be carving stations, tossed pastas, salad bars, and a well stocked bar. Chase wasn’t ready to share the price of a four-person box just yet, so stay tuned.
There’s a rooftop bar
The cantina is an open-air bar, way up in the rafters in a dark corner with long bars and lots of high tops. Up to 148 season ticket holders can purchase assigned seats and hang out here all season. If you’re not a season ticket holder, up to 150 people can also just walk in. It’s $55 for a buffet of food and there’s a separate cash bar. Despite the location’s Mexican sounding name, the menu includes a global mashup of comfort foods like salsa and tortilla chips, a wedge salad with blue cheese and bacon, pork belly bao, baked penne pasta, and chocolate s’mores.
There’s a super luxury option too
The 32 courtside lounges, including front-row seats and a full dining experience, are clearly the most luxurious way to take in the entertainment here. Each block of seats in the stadium is linked via a short tunnel to an underground lair, and comes not just with food and drink, but a wine vault, which you can fill with your own bottles or request to have stocked. A dedicated server (which they are calling a “private butler” in a strange nod to a bygone era) is ready to pass appetizers like cheese, charcuterie, and crostini, and hand out and top up glasses of champagne. It’s an obvious play to local tech execs, including wifi, if anyone wants to call it a satellite office. Chase Center wouldn’t confirm pricing, but annual fees will get into seven figures.
News and Reviews: KRON 4
What's on the menu? Food at the new Chase Center
SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The new home of the Golden State Warriors will open with a whole new menu of Bay Area bites!
The first game at the Chase Center is a little over a month away but KRON4’s Sara Stinson got a chance to taste some of the food the arena will offer.
According to the Chase Center’s Culinary Director Mark Jeffers, the arena has partnered with 10 to 12 local restaurants and will have 37 different eateries for patrons.
“We’re partnering with different local restaurants to create some amazing different flavors of the bay,” Jeffers explains. “We’re picking from each neighborhood to give a reflection of San Francisco as you eat around the arena.”
Here’s some of the food you can find around the arena:
Sam's Chowder House
The incredibly popular Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay will be serving up classics like their lobster rolls.
“We’re definitely upping the game in terms of the food,” Jeffers claims.
Of course, fans will still be able to find classic game food like hot dogs, but Jeffers said “we wanted to make sure people had a different experience when they came to the Chase Center for food.”
News and Reviews: Food & Wine
These are the 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America, According to OpenTable
Ocean waves, lush flower gardens, a mountainous backdrop—when you’re dining at a restaurant that has food you like and dynamite views, it can feel like you’ve hit the jackpot. For that reason, OpenTable pulls together an annual list of the most scenic restaurants in America, pinpointing locations from Hawaii to New Jersey with picture-perfect settings.
Sam’s Chowder House makes Food & Wine 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America
To cull the list, OpenTable collected diner reviews between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019—restaurants had to have a minimum “overall score” (combining overall diner rating, user clout, total number of reviews, and regional overall rating) and certain number of reviews to qualify. Then, qualifying restaurants were scored and sorted based on how many times the “scenic views” tag was selected as a special feature.
News and Reviews: This Is My Happiness
How to Spend a Weekend in Half Moon Bay
For years I’ve been looking for the perfect Northern California coastal getaway. Some places are too far away, others are too remote or too cold, and still others are often too crowded. Then last year on the way to Año Nuevo State Park, we passed by the quaint seaside town of Half Moon Bay and knew we’d have to come back and explore. Fortunately we had the chance to spend two nights there this summer and found it to be the perfect coastal getaway for families in Northern California. As you’ll see below, there were many reasons we loved Half Moon Bay, but one thing especially struck me.
Half Moon Bay is a town of under 15,000 people on Highway 1, just south of San Francisco. Its location makes it an easy destination for families and couples from Sacramento (like us), or San Francisco, Napa Valley, and the Central Valley. We noticed that weekends can be busy, so if possible, book a visit on weekdays or expect lots of day trippers at the restaurants and beaches.
Where to eat in Half Moon Bay:
Sam’s Chowder House: 4210 N. Cabrillo Hwy
On our first day in Half Moon Bay, after the goat farm tour, we drove back up to Half Moon Bay to have lunch at the iconic Sam’s Chowder House. You can’t miss it because of all the cars and people outside; this is one of the most popular seaside restaurants in the region.
Sam’s Chowder House serves fresh, sustainably sourced seafood following the Monterey Bay Aquarium guidelines. They’re especially known for their lobster rolls, oysters and, of course, their clam chowder, which I tried and loved. We also had calamari (my kids’ fave) and the seafood special, which always includes vegetables that are grown locally. This time the dish included early summer artichokes sourced from nearby farms. I appreciated the variety on the kids’ menu, so instead of chicken fingers or burgers, my kids were able to choose a small cut of salmon with fresh veggies. And bonus points for not using plastic: the straws and to-go packaging are 100% biodegradable and made of plants.
The restaurant is also known for the view of the water from the huge deck. It was a little cold for us to sit outside but the deck was bustling — there was even a live band playing!
Tip: Make a reservation and ask for a table with a view, especially if you plan to eat here on the weekends.