Tacos & Beer keeps its menu simple with authentic recipes to keep its customers happy. Tacos using handmade tortilla come stuffed with hearty meats including carne asada, grilled chicken breast, and lamb; vegetarian options include potato tacos and fiesta salads. Patrons can sip fruit-flavored agua frescas, made fresh daily, or enjoy a Michelada beer cocktail or another beer from the wide selection. Thursdays after 6 p.m., mariachi bands fill the restaurant with lively sounds and colorful costumes.
Creating a sushi roll is as much an art project as it is cooking. The chefs at City Sushi and Grill have a colorful, modern style of preparation. They present their delicious rolls on stark white plates, decorated with purple flowers, black squiggles of sauce, and even—in the case of the tempura california roll—decorative glasses emitting tendrils of smoke. The sushi remains the real star of all plates, though, with ingredients chosen with color and flavor considered in equal measure. The ultimate tiger tempura, for instance, features bright-orange fish draped over crispy, fried crust, streaked with dark stripes of sauce to make it resemble the wild cat from which it takes its name.
Highland Springs Resort's friendly staff has been welcoming guests since 1884. The present-day grounds include a thousand-year-old black oak tree in the Cherry Valley foothills, more than 20 acres of farmland ripe with organic herbs, and miles of hiking trails accessible with a visitor guest pass. The deluxe inn room, which echoes the resort's rustic, simple feel, hides behind green and growing charms, including gardens, vined verandas, and plumes of shrubbery rearranged daily by millions of heavy-lift butterflies. Located roughly 80 miles from San Gabriel, Highland Springs Resort is close enough to bookend your work week without spending all of it in the car.