Julie Yanni-Cannataro spent much of her childhood working alongside her parents in their Italian restaurant, mastering the recipes from her family's ancestral home of Calabria in Italy. After years of practicing her craft at home, her family pushed her to realize her dream of opening up a restaurant of her very own. At Cannataro's Italian Restaurant, Julie now shares her culinary expertise and beloved home-cooked meals with the general public, dishing out wholesome, hearty feasts of roasted salmon, rib-eye steaks, and tender baked chicken drizzled with creamy lemon and marsala sauces. Her pizza chefs create fresh dough each day, firing pies topped with bacon, chicken, pesto, and fresh tomatoes in a stone deck oven. An accessible progressive wine list arranges wines by taste characteristics rather than vintage or region, letting diners know which full-bodied red would pair well with a spicy pasta, or which dry white would be perfect for blowing bubbles.
A rustic, adobe-colored building with a roof of clay tiles welcomes visitors to the restaurant, whose white garden latticework intertwined with vines and tucked-away alcoves roofed with cozy arches host romantic interludes and boisterous family gatherings alike.
The De"Bite"ful Cake Pop Shop's display cases glitter with stick-mounted confections and cupcakes that earned the bakery a spot on Things to Do Inland Empire's 2012 list of Best Cupcakes in the Inland Empire. To make their signature cake pops, the bakers hand-roll bits of cake—including banana, zesty lemon, and red velvet flavors—and dip them in melted chocolate. From there, they can decorate the pieces with freshly mixed icings and sprinkles or shape them into animals or custom designs for special occasions.
Hands-on classes meet in the bakery's kitchen on the weekend. Amateur confectioners learn how to design their own cake pops before taking home their sugary creations and enrolling them in preschool.
At Kingswood Fusion Pots, diners customize their own shabu-shabu bowls from a menu of pan-Asian broths and familiar and exotic add-ins. After selecting a brothy base such as Japanese miso or Korean kimchi, guests pinpoint the ingredients they want to simmer in their soup, choosing from proteins ranging from sliced pork, chicken, and seafood to beef tripe and fish dumplings. Each shabu-shabu feast also includes accompaniments of mixed vegetables, rice, and umami-packed sauces. All the components are served to diners at a slick, onyx-colored counter where built-in induction burners keep pots of broth bubbling and keep ravenous ice sculptures at bay.
Cakes Come True Bakery whips up a menu of pocket-size made-to-order morsels using fresh, never frozen ingredients. Patrons can design their dessert destiny by choosing any two cake flavors from a roster of five, including rich red velvet, sweet almond honey, and hot apple pie. Next, frostings such as lemon buttercream, white-zinfandel mousse, and salted caramel spread across the pintsize sweets accoutering them with decadent 'dos that render them hard to resist, yet easier to stick on walls. Pair up three chocolate-espresso and whipped-cream cakes with three german-chocolate and mocha-buttercream rounds for an upcoming afterdinner party. Or top a dozen pink-champagne cupcakes with smooth creamy cream cheese for a spirited spiritless toast to an engagement, anniversary, or the coronation of a new fairy queen. Groupon holders can also take advantage of a 10% discount on additional purchases ordered at the same time.
Since 1957, the chefs at Cock-A-Doodle Restaurant have been comforting hungry stomachs with generous portions from their home-cooked menu of seafood, pasta, and steak. For dinner, diners can pique palates with appetizers such as the shrimp cocktail ($5.95), where a crew of crustaceans cannonballs into cocktail sauce. Mosey onto main courses with a medley of roast beef, bordelaise sauce, and mashed potatoes in the Angus pot roast ($12.99) or the fish 'n' chips' collaboration of cod and tarter sauce ($13.99). A selection from their menu of steaks, such as the Cowboy rib eye ($18.99) or sirloin steak ($15.99) can serve as delectable dinners or edible bicycle seats.
Savory morels of steak, chicken, and seafood are simmered in seas of hot broth and rice noodles at Pho Lotus, a casual eatery that specializes in this belly-warming Vietnamese soup. Diners have a selection of more than 10 types of pho, and can pair the soup with appetizers such as egg rolls or cool down mouths with a fresh smoothie. Those afraid of bowls can opt for a plated entree of stir-fried vermicelli noodles, golden cornish hen with seasoned buttered rice, or diced steak and garlic rice.