Olv Café provides a point between work and home for patrons to sup from dinner and lunch menus featuring tapas and more filling fare while sipping from an extensive list of wine pours. Chefs nourish evening diners with plates loaded with flavorful bites of epicurean morsels, such as the diver scallops, served over manchego-cheese polenta topped with chorizo butter ($11). The ceviche ignites taste buds with an avocado-tomato salsa swimming with tortilla chips and the option of either shrimp ($9) or tuna ($11), and Mark Gordon’s petite beef ($12) shows its tender nature with its natural juices and by crying at the end of Old Yeller. Until 4 p.m. daily, lunch guests recharge with gourmet takes on classic concepts, such as duck breast soaked in balsamic syrup and granny-smith apples on the smoked duck-confit sandwich ($9). An inexhaustible library of red and white varietals complement meals with spiced aromas, rich tannins, and fruit-filled notes asking them to the kitchen prom.
The menu at Doc’s Streetside Grille may be only two pages, but it includes a diverse selection of dishes that showcase ingredients from a variety of cuisines. Guests can soak up the pub atmosphere with beer chili served in a bowl or on cheese fries, or keep it light with an almond-crusted goat-cheese salad with fresh spinach and strawberries. A bit of Mexican flair is introduced in dishes such as seasoned mahi-mahi tacos and a taco pizza with black beans, beef, and olives. Apple barbecue sauce sweetens a half-pound burger with bacon, and for after dinner but before 10 p.m. Scrabble, serious sweet tooths can share baked brie for two, which is slathered with raspberry marmalade.
Though the menu appeals to diverse palates, Doc’s seeks to bring people together. The restaurant fosters a community of sports fans by broadcasting regular games on TV, and encourages regular visits with events such as live music and trivia.
At Eastside Bistro, nestled within the Fashion Square Mall, an expert culinary team crafts gourmet burgers, flatbreads, and steaks. In the kitchen, wings receive a slathering in one of eight sauces before diners chow down on them along with barbecue pulled pork sliders and pesto burgers. Shrimp stuffed with lump crab meat sates the stomach as flat-screen televisions and a billiards table appease the eyes of diners situated indoors, while an outdoor seating area accommodates those who prefer free-range oxygen. Eastside Bistro pumps up their pub fare with live music every Friday and Saturday, and its catering department preps massive platters for onsite or offsite events and luncheons.
Mr. Sisters has been a strobe-lit beacon of gentlemanly good times and grub since opening its doors, welcoming the local vibrant gay community and dishing out brunch, dinner, and late-night bites. Sunday brunch offers up a slew of choices from basic ham-and-egg options to exotic forkables such as sweet-plantain Napoleon ($8). Before the adjacent club kicks into high gear, visitors can fuel up for dancing and silverware juggling with starters such as the basic chef salad ($7.75), grilled ahi tuna ($10.50), and the tostones con pork ($8), loaded with Mojo sauce and mayo-ketchup sauce. Supper-time sandwich options abound, such as the roast pork and ham classic Cuban ($8). Mr. Sisters also stocks late-night bites ranging from loaded fries ($7.25) to elegant beef and cactus empanadas ($8.25), sending patrons home with stuffed bellies.
Houlihan’s chefs unite diners with mouth-seeking meals culled from a menu of inventive recipes produced with local and all-natural ingredients and flanked by expertly crafted cocktails. Savory lunches arrive tableside in 15 minutes or less, swiftly occupying chompers with midday delicacies such as So-Cal fish tacos with tilapia, chipotle mayo, honey-cumin dressing, and pico de gallo ($8.95–$10.95). Dinner announces its approach with sophisticated cocktail heralds including wines, martinis, and specialty mojitos in flavors such as guava, raspberry, pomegranate, and snozzberry ($6.75–$7.75). Garlic-herb cream cheese nuzzles into the center of savory chicken breasts served over gold mashed potatoes and the vegetable of the day ($15.95–$18.95), and wild mushrooms romp through a blend of cheeses within corn tortillas blanketed by smoky mozzarella sauce in the wild mushroom enchiladas ($13.95–$15.95). Crisp calamari crowns napa cabbage and banana in the University Boulevard location's popular calamari salad ($14.95), with an aromatic banana-ginger vinaigrette that's also sold in incense form.
Poseidon Spa's retinue of pampering practitioners lavishes attention on patrons from head to heels with a choice of facial or massage spa packages. Under the relaxing kneads of the Poseidon massage, backs evict stresses for musculature as stress-free as a ball-pit meditation session. The massage utilizes essential oils to infuse patrons' senses with relaxing vibes while wheedling musculature into soothed states. Alternatively, signature balancing facial sessions coat complexions in antioxidant-rich concoctions, equalizing skin's mood swings under an hydrating mask and facial massage.
Sometimes a tried-and-true route is the best path to take, and The Fifth's combination of comfort food and classic cocktails doesn't argue that point. Though their chic nightclub setting throws in an experimental element, and the resulting experience is refreshing, much like one of The Fifth's expertly-mixed elixirs.
Within the crisp-white club-like setting, neon purple lights illuminate the bartenders as they mix an endless selection of drinks for guests lounging at the onyx-topped bar. Throughout the week, they tempt guests with a slew of themed drink specials and visions of pink elephants doing the jitterbug to the latest club hits.
To soak up the results of any excessive merriment, chef Kelsey Freeborn sizzles up feasts of grilled haas avocados, flatbreads covered in blue cheese and red onion, or surf-and-turf burgers topped pineapple chutney. His fried chicken and waffles, sprinkled in candied bacon and creme anglaise, cause salty and sweet flavors to mingle, and his decadent brunch menu comforts bellies with shrimp 'n' grits and grand marnier french toast.