The chefs at Viva Express Restaurante serve up crispy carnitas with pico de gallo and avocado, tacos sprinkled with cilantro and onions, and other Mexican eats seven days a week. They even offer breakfast—huevos rancheros and omelets are popular choices. And everything on the menu is available for dine-in, carryout, or delivery.
When Pennsylvania native Mike Abeyta moved to the West Coast, he noticed that something he loved was absent from the culinary landscape: Philadelphia-style italian ice. To rectify this geographical oversight, he opened Joe's Italian Ice. Today, the ice shop's red, white, and green awning serves as an oasis of refreshment amid sun-baked parking lots throughout Arizona and California. Inside, more than 50 flavors are made on-site with real fruit, ranging from lemon, chocolate, and passion fruit to weirder variations that boast names like "Dangerberry" and "Smurf Poison."
Joe's isn't a one-trick pony, though; the shops also specialize in a soft-serve ice cream that's found in only a few places back east. The Pennsylvania dairy that ships the ice cream to Joe's cooks it at ultra-high temperatures to give it a markedly creamier texture and sweeter finish. Joe's frozen wares can also serve as the base for shakes and sundaes and overly whimsical skyscrapers topped with candy or fruit.
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.
Vivid scarves trail the movements of a belly dancer, who is herself echoing the vivacious rhythms of a North African tune. The spectacle serves as a multi-sensory spice alongside a feast of Moroccan cuisine at Mamounia, a thrilling eatery that evokes the mystique of Marrakech with traditional foods served in immersive environs. As they take in the candlelit scene, guests can share hot or cold mezzes of fattousk salads and phyllo dough chicken bastilla pastries, or feast on main courses of quail kebab, slow-cooked wild salmon, and sweet lamb-shank couscous.
Special occasions call for a three- or five-course dinner of lamb and chicken stews, baklava and mint tea, while off-site catering rings in birthdays and court dates with fragrant soups, fresh salads, and savory kabobs.
The hand-carved sandwiches at Tony's Original Deli and Bottle Shop have been a mainstay of downtown Anaheim for more than 40 years. And it's not hard to see why when a server delivers to your table a reuben, roast-beef, tuna-salad, or club sandwich piled so high with meat it needs a toothpick to keep it structurally sound. When paired with a draft beer and one of the housemade sides such as potato salad and coleslaw, it creates a full deli-style meal that satisfies protein requirements for an entire day or serves as the still-life inspiration for at least one 90-minute art class. Also, the new owners installed a bottle shop stocked with more than 60 craft and imported beers and 25 unique bottled sodas to wash down meals.
Kelly's Coffee & Fudge Factory sets brains and stomachs abuzz with its selection of gourmet coffee, sandwiches, and treats. Energize sputtering body engines with caffeinated sups, such as the signature Kelly's cappuccino ($3.79 for a medium), or pick up a half-pound of roasted beans ($5.79) for continuous coffee consumption at home, the office, or your neighbor’s home office. Sweet teeth can heed the saccharine call of house-made, rotating fudge flavors ($3.25 per 1/4 lb.) or delectable scoops of italian gelato, and more savory incisors can sink effortlessly into made-to-order deli sandwiches, such as the california chicken breast, dressed in swiss, avocado, red onions, and garlic mayo ($5.99). Smoothies ($3.99 for medium, $4.99 for a large), baked goods such as brownies ($2.59), and gift baskets are also on-hand for appropriate slurping, nibbling, and bequeathing. After deciding whether to exchange the Groupon for a five-coffee punch card or to use it in one sitting, guests can indulge in free WiFi and validated parking.