Pizza shapers at the family-owned Pappadoz eatery ornament freshly baked crust canvases with signature house-made tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and a slew of gourmet ingredients. Specialty pies showcase barbecue-chicken breast or a medley of vegetarian toppings, and large calzones envelop mozzarella cheese and gourmet fixings like a warm parka zipped around a chilly parakeet. Freshly sliced 10-inch subs and pastas provide flavorful sustenance for pizza renouncers, and smoothies eschew added sugars in favor of natural fruits. Customers can perch upon stools within the cozy shop, connecting to complimentary WiFi and using a charging dock to keep their cell phones, laptops, and electronic tie racks working briskly.
At its two tropically decorated locations, Back Home in Lahaina channels beach-shack traditions into sizable helpings of sit-down cuisine. The Daily Breeze recognizes the menu's Hawaiian roots, claiming that "if you want a taste of the Islands, you can't go wrong" with its char siu chicken. Spam and teriyaki-glazed meats are served alongside classic fixings, including ramen noodles mixed with cabbage. Other dishes derive inspiration from the islands to improve on mainland plates—for example, the hawaiian nachos stack wonton chips with grilled pork.
The festive, casual ambiance carries over to the venue's party-size servings, which earned it a spot on Citysearch's Top 7 SoCal Restaurants for Big Portions. The catering staff can furnish parties and luaus with these signature platters, though live hula dances and ukulele performances on weekend nights bring consistent celebration to the dining room.
Each of the two eateries' decor evokes different Hawaiian sights. At the Manhattan Beach location, rainforest vines stem from a tree centerpiece to crawl over the walls, bordering a seaside sunset mural. The Carson restaurant's interior mirrors the main street of an island town, complete with lampposts, a train-station window, and a thatched-roof marketplace where guests can purchase snacks or laid-back vibes to take home.
Being faithful is a good trait to have, but not at The House of Seafood. Sticking to one dish here means there are still dozens more you haven't tried. The dinner menu alone could double as an encyclopedia for Cajun seafood, with chefs liberally seasoning everything from lobster cakes to pounds of king crab legs with their signature blends. The chefs can make each order as spicy or as mild as you like, though draft beers make a solid back-up for cooling off between bites. The kitchen's zest for producing exquisite seafood doesn't wane at lunchtime either, with expanded sandwich selection and a chance for chefs to show off their many takes on classic po' boys with cornmeal-crusted seafood and their own roasted-garlic aioli.
Tacos, chorizo con huevos, and chicken fajitas?these are just a few of the Mexican specialities cooked up by the chefs at Lucky Star Cafe Mexican Grill. But these guys don't limit themselves to Mexican cuisine; their menu occasionally veers north of the border, as fans of the loaded pastrami sandwich or juicy cheeseburger will readily attest. Lucky Star is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, giving diners plenty of time to squeeze in a snack between waking up and going back to bed.
Bertha's Soul Food is more than a restaurant, its a piece of history, interwoven into the childhood experience of many people its a splendid combination of community, culture,food, and life.
A meal at Bertha's is a "soulful evolution" from the owners,all the way to the waiters, and cultural ambiance.