Slinging delectable dishes for more than three decades, Roxy Restaurant is a survived artifact of the flower-power era that continues to blossom with fresh ingredients and Middle Eastern flavors. Steal whiffs from a cup of awesomely aromatic Jamaican coffee topped with cinnamon before practicing palate-Pilates with an order of mushrooms sautéed in garlic butter and burgundy wine. The chicken quesadillas mute howling hunger pains with melted cheese, onions, and hot green chilies ($6.95), and the squash enchilada casserole entices dolphin-like squeals out of joyous diners and highly evolved jellyfish with bites of butternut squash, fresh corn, and low-fat cream cheese ($14.95). Piping-hot tongues can lap splashes of the melon ball cocktail, sporting a spirited blend of vodka, Minidori, and Triple Sec, and garnished with a slice of lime and a cherry. Glowing neon signs, adobe floor tiles, and paintings by local artists enhance Roxy's eye-inspiring atmosphere to complement a night of artful eating.
Thai Juan On features a menu that is chock-full of authentic Thai taste foundations, slightly altered to fit the grooves of American Thai eaters' taste buds. Kick things off with the likes of crispy noodle/mee krob ($6.95), before diving mouth-first into the rest of the menu. The dinner terrain covers more than 40 soup, noodle, rice, and entree dishes, including the magnificent noodle/mee phat num prik poa, which melds egg noodles with shrimp, scallop, calamari, and veggies ($15.95). The mermaid's dowry/pla prik lets diners sample the spicy taste of grilled sole, bell peppers, carrots, mushrooms, and onions before awkwardly explaining to their parents that they're in love with a human-fish hybrid. Thai Juan On's daily lunch menu features midday palate jolts like the Crying Tiger ($9.95)—grilled beef with spicy lime sauce—and the Red Devil ($10.95), spicy beef masaman curry with potato and onion.
According to Zagat, the portions of breakfast plates at Broken Yolk Cafe can be "obscene"—although one could also consider them generous. Sometimes, these sizes are even considered a challenge. In 2010, Man Vs. Food's Adam Richman paid the restaurant a visit to tackle its infamous Iron Man Special: a 12-egg omelet, topped with chili and piled onto a 15-inch pizza pan.
Opened in 1979, Broken Yolk has spent decades fine-tuning its southwestern recipes—many enigmatically named for people such as "Betty" and "Tony G". Alongside steaming breakfast burritos and griddled buttermilk pancakes, the menu features nearly 20 omelets stuffed with fresh ingredients such as beef chorizo, avocado, and mushroom sauce. Shredded hash-browns are crafted from fresh potatoes, and the salsa is handmade each day. Until its official closing time at 3 p.m., Broken Yolk also serves sandwiches and half-pound Angus burgers. The local chain's six locations each feature their own private banquet room and secret underground passage to one of the other restaurants.
Spread's delectable spreads are hand-mashed from local, organic ingredients. The sumptuous pressed-peanut concoctions include the savory-sweet dark-chocolate-curry peanut spread ($9.50), designed to melt smoothly over sautéed bananas, and the luxurious gold-and-dark-chocolate peanut spread($20), which mixes in antioxidant-loaded flakes of 23-karat gold and rich dark chocolate and gives stomachs a taste of the riches that greedy hands are always clutching to themselves. Though most of Spread's sandwich-cargo is rendered from G.W. Carver's legume of choice, other nutty blends include their signature butterscotch-almond butter, fused with sweet butterscotch chips ($11), and the beach-ready piña colada, a creamy blend of dried organic pineapple, coconut flakes, and white chocolate ($9.50).
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