Since Lindero Country Club's founding in 1969, the Spanish-style clubhouse at the entrance has anchored the club's diverse array of activities. From here, players embark for rounds of golf on the 9-hole course characterized by running creeks and narrow fairways, and return to its shady confines to tally up their birdies and enjoy casual Italian fare at the Sage Room. A public driving range is also nearby for players to pack in further swings, and the driving range is lit up at night for golfers practicing some late-night swings.
From a menu composed largely of specialty maki, the chefs of Umi Sushi craft more than 40 types of rolls that serve as tasty pairings to hot entrees and more than a dozen colorful appetizers. Diners can kick off meals with plates of crisp agedashi tofu and ponzu sauce, moving on to special rolls lined with barbecue short ribs or spicy crab and tuna. Meals can be complemented with sips of hot sake from the bar or cold, imported beer.
As the Gouda family's binary star of fresh fare, Falafel Grill sports a Mediterranean menu and affinity for seafood. The familial staff crafts all entrees with 100% olive oil, and vegetarian options abound, such as the lentil soup ($3.95) or the falafel wrap ($5.95), not to be confused with the radio-dominating rhymes of MC Hummu$. Alternatively, split a fish tagine, a robust stew cooked in an earthenware pot ($17.95), or drop by for a lunch of gyros ($6.95).
At Char Fasl, chefs camouflage their light, healthy Persian fare behind flavorful veggies instead of heavy oils and sauces. They accommodate all diets with menu items that vacillate between vegetarian and meat-centric. Cooks skewer juicy chunks of meat for boneless-chicken kebabs, a favorite among customers and T. rexes recently off juice cleanses, and grill them with matching skewers of tomatoes. The Four Seasons dish replaces poultry with beans and rice crowned with eggplant and hummus nestled beside a spear of sizzling veggies.
This wide variety of cuisine is served in the restaurant's European atmosphere, which emulates the dishes' international origins, tinted with warm colors that flare to life in front of huge windows. Outside, diners feast and shadows hide from their owners beneath the shade of a tree. Another of the eatery's most enticing aspects unfolds on Fridays and Saturdays, when live music influences the movements of a belly dancer.
If you can't find something to top your frozen Xogurt among the fresh fruit chunks and baked goodies at SweetXO's full toppings bar, it's not that big of a deal. Because you'll definitely find something you like in one of the store's more than 200 candy bins.
SweetXO, one part old-fashioned candy store, one part modern yogurt bar with 18 different flavors, lets customers loose in the candy-store portion to find the exact sweet they're looking for to complete their fro-yo creation. At the counter, its sweets-makers also peddle baked goods, such as soft, oven-fresh cookies and brownies that come in six different varieties.