The chefs at Papi Chulo’s Mexican Restaurant get to work early every morning, firing up griddles to craft Mexican breakfast omelets and tacos. They continue to make breakfast dishes throughout the day, but switch gears to begin seasoning carne asada, pastor, and chicken to fill enchiladas, fried burritos, and tacos. As in any traditional taqueria, meats also include beef tongue, tripe, and carnitas, shredded pork generally stewed in coriander, onions, and lime. Straws dip into glasses of freshly squeezed orange juice, and Mexican sodas cool hands like a job prodding snowmen to see if they are magic.
My Favorite Muffin bakes up its namesake fare in a variety of flavors and also features an extensive list of savory deli fare. Fans of post-oven muffin batter are bestowed with a bounty of muffins made from scratch and prepared with soybean oil, creating tasty pastries whose cake parts contain less cholesterol than their butter-packed brothers. Choose from a list of 19 cup-sized cakes ($1.99 for a jumbo muffin or $1.80 for three mini muffins), including cherry cheesecake, banana nut, pumpkin spice, bran, and boston cream pie. Nutritional information for each creation at My Favorite Muffin is available online.
Turkey Gone Wild! It might sound like a surreal newspaper headline, but it’s actually just the name of one of Small Planet Delicatessen & Bakery's hot sandwiches. The gourmet creations are the deli’s specialty, and the aforementioned Turkey Gone Wild is a melty layering of turkey, white cheddar, purple onion, and avocado spread. The deli's New Planet sub also starts with turkey, but bulks up with hard salami, jalapeños, and pesto sauce, tucked between slices of jalapeño-cheese bread. Customers can also build their own sandwich from a diverse selection of breads, meats, and toppings that includes everything from sweet ham to artichoke hearts.
The rest of the menu boasts an international spread of deli- and bakery-inspired foods. There’s country french quiche and athenian gyros, mesquite-chicken quesadillas and kids’ personal pizzas. A tempting array of baked goods in single-serving sizes enables patrons to try just a slice of tuxedo-truffle cake, or a single white-chocolate-and-walnut cookie, the crumbs of which can be tossed in the air for a post-meal celebration.
Swathed in the rich reds and purples, visitors to Lotus Dreams Tea might feel transported. After selecting one of 30 different kind of international loose-leaf teas from around the globe, sippers can bask in the scents emanating form beautiful pots while lounging on a plush couch or exotic rugs. The sensation of escape is possible amidst the teashop's richly decorated interior, fashioned after Eastern tea houses where customers can relax with a hot brew and disagree with the latest horoscopes.
Located on the second floor of La Palmera Mall, Hang 10 Yogurt gives shoppers a tasty reason not to drop. The shop's self-serve machines dish out ten self-serve frozen yogurt flavors each day, which pair with more than 70 toppings to create an infinite-ish number of tasty treats. Customers can complement these treats with specialty coffee drinks like lattes, mochas, and frappes.
A friendly owner and an array of housemade desserts add a down-home element to the dishes served at Atomic Omelette and Grill, where diner- and southern-style classics comprise an ample menu. For breakfast, signature omelets get a kick from pecan-smoked bacon and serrano peppers, and pancakes come in one of seven flavors such as bananas foster or white chocolate and macadamia nut. Later in the day, sliced rib-eye steak is stacked inside authentic philly cheesesteaks, and chicken-fried chicken is accompanied by garlic bread and gravy.