Hot wings, New York-style pizza, and Philly steak sandwiches may be the signature foods of the east coast, but it's hard to imagine any restaurant treating them with more reverence than west-coast franchise Alondra Hot Wings. The eponymous wings are the house specialty, hot and slathered in one of 18 sauces. Ranked on a scale from mild to atomic?which requires a waiver to order?the sauces also include flavors such as lemon pepper, spicy barbecue, maple syrup, and thai chili.
Alondra's other major influence is written all over the menu?and the walls. Mug shots of famous mafiosi hang throughout the dining room, and the owners are so fascinated by the subject that their website even offers tutorials in mob history. Also from that old Italian-American milieu: pizzas built on from-scratch dough, bearing names such as The Godfather?a hearty amalgam of four meats?and the Little Italy, which flecks chicken breast with basil. Draft beer and wine help mouths cool down after biting into a hot wing or almost insulting the ghost of Al Capone.
Bistro 39 delivers artistically garnished plates worthy of being tacked to the wall, if only your body's aesthetic urge to interior decorate outweighed its evolutionary desire to gobble up delicious things. Starters such as escargot Bourgogne ($8), Dungeness crab cakes ($8), and classic lobster bisque ($9) provide an opportunity to inform your first selection from Bistro 39's extensive beer and wine list. Main plates hail from salty seas and diverse terrains with options including sautéed lemon-garlic tiger shrimp on a bed of angel-hair pasta ($17) or seared duck with Grand Marnier reduction ($24). The Statue of Liberty's torch is surprisingly small, but the bistro's crème brûlée ($6) leaves American mouths agape with awe.
Edible Arrangements fresh, artful fruit baskets combine the aesthetic elements and emotive properties of floral arrangements with the juicy deliciousness and socially acceptable edibility of fruit. The sweetener-free, preservative-free baskets are all handcrafted for each order, ensuring that deliveries arrive at the apex of freshness. Delve into the depths of fruity expression with Edible Arrangement's selection of singular gifts, such as the Little Special Expression ($24), the faux-floral vase of Simply Daisies ($52), or the boxed 30-some of decadent Fruit Truffles ($39). On a holiday or any day, an Edible Arrangement can turn a frown into an upright orange wedge, a tear into a three-tiered citrus structure, and a friend into still just a friend, but one with a sweet, balanced diet.
At The Grids, the foundation of the whole menu is a crisp, airy waffle. But the mildly sweet staple is rarely ordered by itself, as the chefs use the crispy discs to bookend an array of savory sandwiches and sweet breakfast piles. They create handheld riffs on traditional recipes, such as the chicken and waffles, alongside more decadent creations stuffed with pork belly, shoestring onions, and sweet apple barbecue sauce. Even their sweet breakfast plates have a touch of the fanciful to them. After dusting waffles with a light coating of powdered sugar, they then add sweet and salty notes with a drizzle of maple syrup and bits of bacon. Non-waffle-based dishes include a smoked salmon salad with honey dill mustard dressing. They also whip up fresh juices, which, like the best Sir Mix-a-Lot videos, contain a mix of fresh fruit and vegetables.
"Don't stop for nothing, it's full speed or nothing," James Hetfield sang on "Motorbreath," a track from Metallica's debut album Kill 'Em All. "I am taking down whatever burger is in my way."
Well, maybe he didn't say anything about burgers, but that might be how the owners of Grill 'Em All would sing it?especially considering that the album is namesake of their restaurant and food truck. Head-banging homages to metal and hair bands can be found throughout the menu, from the Dee Snider burger with peanut butter, strawberry jam, bacon, and sriracha, to the No More Mr. Nice Fries with house-made coney chili. Grill 'Em All pairs bites with pours of rotating beers from breweries such as Eagle Rock Brewery.