At Olv Café, groups gather to collectively explore a sharable menu items of small plates, platters, salads, and flatbreads. Start with tempura asparagus and artichokes with sweet-chili sauce ($6.50) or the barbecue-chicken flatbread ($7.50), which mimics the earth’s 15th-century shape with a perfectly level plane of barbecue sauce, cilantro, marinated onions, and monterey jack propping up a tower of pulled chicken.
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.
With a full menu of rejuvenating services and a luxurious setting, Poseidon Spa patches up battered soul sacks and helps patrons unwind from the rigors of everynight life. During a Swedish massage, customers relax for 50 minutes while a professional technician kneads knotty muscles and eases tendon tension using therapeutic oils ($110). To ward off headaches and attract soothing thoughts, an exotic-spice scalp treatment freshens your follicle field with invigorating oils and plows it with a firm massage ($20). A friendly nail technician completes the spa experience with a signature pedicure, which includes buffing, filing, polishing, and conditioning to keep nails strong enough to protect toes from shoe malfunctions, as well as a caviar-infused exfoliation and a marine collagen treatment to soften and hydrate the feet ($65).