The morning meal at Kickback Jack's will leave you doing jumping Jills. Sample a plate of original flapjacks ($5.99) or remix a classic fix with a pile of mocha silk flapjacks creamily caulked with chocolate mousse and topped with a dusting of powdered sugar and whipped cream ($6.99). Hearty, geometrically undefined skillets boast a bounty of fresh ingredients with combos such as the Bahama Mama, fully loaded with smoked chicken-apple sausage fried to perfection with onions, fire-grilled corn, red peppers, mushrooms, avocados, and cheese served atop baja chipotle sauce ($11.99).
At La Piccoletta, chef Roger Llanes choreographs seasonal, local ingredients into an ever-changing menu of authentic Italian cuisine presented in a cozy dining room convincingly disguised as a village trattoria. Tuesday–Saturday, dinner guests can begin Mediterranean excursions with an opening salvo of Piccoletta meatballs made from beef, veal, pork, and italian herbs or caprese salad, in which vine-ripened tomato harmonizes with fresh mozzarella as a balsamic reduction plays rhythm guitar. Hearty pasta dishes, such as the egg-ribbon pasta with meat ragù or the sweet italian sausage and broccoli rabe over noodles, sate carb cravers.
Garden Square Restaurant & Pies' professional palate-pleasers dish out a menu of traditional American fare fused with the culinary customs of south-of-the-border spatulas. Jump-start the morning gold rush with the California omelet ($8.29), a zesty egg cocoon teeming with ortega chilies, avocado, and jack cheese alongside a dollop of homemade salsa, or fuel up for a long day at the butter churn with the ultimate breakfast, a protein-rich force of eggs, ham, bacon, and sausage patrolling a platter of hash browns and toast ($10.59). Erstwhile East Coasters can enjoy the tasty triumvirate of roast beef, grilled onions, and peppers in the philly cheese ($8.79), and herbivores can opt for the vegetarian focaccia ($6.69), a harvest of avocado, tomato, onions, crop-duster debris, and cucumbers.
When brothers George and Charbel Ghaby were conceptualizing their restaurant, they knew they had to make it stand out from America's countless other burger stands. So instead of placing too much emphasis on creating a signature burger themselves, they decided they should let their customers do it.
Each guest at Rounds Premium Burgers can build their own dream "round" from a list that includes patty, topping, and bun options. Meat lovers could design a double ground-chuck burger with barbecue sauce, bacon, and a fried egg, whereas vegetarians could opt for a veggie patty with avocado or pineapple. Those who don't feel particularly decisive can order a specialty round such as the Sriracha-cha with spicy slaw and jack cheese.
Each patty is hand-formed when you order it, which contributed to Rounds' title of Best Burger in 2013 from Pasadena Weekly and the win over two other burger joints when Rounds was featured on the Cooking Channel's Best in Chow "Burger Wars Hollywood."
The name seems a little vague at first glance. But catch a whiff of the aromas coming from the kitchen of Euro Cafe, and you may start to tease apart the main national cuisines at work: sweet red pepper sauce and roasted Black Angus beef from Portugal, espresso and chicken fettuccine from Italy. The former influence predominates, popping up in the wine list, the linguiça sausage in an omelet, and the marinated pork loin in a sandwich. The family of owners also celebrate their mother country by preparing a daily Portuguese special and taking turns working on the basement's tunnel to Lisbon.
Although it holds down the corner of a shopping-center plaza, Euro Cafe goes out of its way to feel like a cozy neighborhood spot tucked away on some quaint side street, from the house-baked pastries to the tables scattered on the sidewalk to the live music. The approach has won some ardent fans during its decade in business. "I could go on and on about Euro Cafe," raved a reviewer for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin after a "luscious" lunch in 2010. "But it would be better if you swing by and see for yourself."
Dave Reinitz packed up all his belongings into a motor home, left New York, and began driving across the country because he was bored. When the engine finally blew, he was in Los Angeles, and decided that was where he would stay. As if by providence, Dave immediately took to his newfound city's comedy scene. Eventually, he partnered up with comedian Barbara Holliday for his life's next great adventure—Flappers Comedy Club.
Today, Barbara, whose credits include Naked Gun 33 1/3 and Friends, co-manages the multipurpose club she owns with Dave. A breeding ground for new talent, the venue plays host to standup comics and variety acts, and gives up-and-comers a hand with comedy classes called Flappers University. Many local and rising comedians have tested their standup material at Flappers, and the stage has supported the seasoned weight of stars such as Dave Attell and Jason Alexander. Before, during, or after shows, patrons can fuel their giggle fits with grub from the club's onsite restaurant, including Cajun-spiced burgers, seared ahi, and brick-oven pizzas.