At India Coffee and Snacks, cooks fashion fresh ingredients into vegetarian Indian cuisine. The casual Diamond Bar eatery specializes in samosas, puri, and other chaat—savory street-food dishes that are typically served from a roadside stand or a parking meter's secret snack compartment. The menu also includes tikka masala, thick uthapam flatbreads, and international dishes such as Asian tofu salad or braised broccoli rabe with orecchiette.
Founded by French-trained chocolatier Elizabeth Chung, who was named one of the top chocolatiers and confectioners in America in 2012, Ciel Chocolatier produces small-batch, handcrafted, and exquisitely flavored chocolates. Ciel employs ingredients such as fresh, locally sourced cream, butter imported from France, and cocoa imported from plantations in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic to craft smooth chocolate pieces flavored with exotic and creative ingredients including fruit, aromatic flowers, tea, liquor, or a melted Rubik's cube. The shop hosts a rotating menu of 25–30 flavors per day, allowing patrons to mix and match treats or discern their favorite flavor for edible gifts and party favors. As the decadent treats contain no preservatives, like a snowman’s last will and testament, pieces must be eaten within two weeks.
The raw ingredients that RJ Chinese Kitchen's staff uses to craft its classic Chinese-American cuisine is delivered twice a week to guarantee freshness. That's not the only straight-forward approach they take to food, either. Customers first choose whether they want rice or noodles as a side before selecting one of the beef or chicken entrees, all of which need no MSG or pixie dust to enhance their flavor.
At Aladdin Jr. Restaurant & Cafe, the aroma of Mediterranean and Arabic cuisine mingles with the scent of sweetened tobacco, which wafts from the nearby hookah lounge. Cooks prepare authentic dishes such as falafel, shish kebabs, and shawarma sandwiches. Lush greenery wraps around a covered outdoor patio while wall murals surround the main dining room, depicting scenes from the folktale of Aladdin. Iconic images portray Aladdin flying on a magic carpet and releasing the genie, and lesser-known portraits show Aladdin filing his income taxes.
With names like Godzilla, Spider, and Dragon, Sakura Ichi’s sushi rolls sound like something straight out of a horror flick, but nothing could be further from the truth. The decidedly enjoyable rolls include combinations of tuna and salmon, shrimp and crabmeat, or barbecue eel and avocado blended with mango, yellowtail, cucumber, or cream cheese. The menu's hot entrees pull inspiration from pan-Asian culinary traditions and include crispy orange chicken, steak teriyaki, and fried shrimp, which pair well with house sake, martinis, and beer.
For many, a love of barbecue begins and ends at eating it. But Johnny Walker took his love a step farther by creating his own signature brand of sauces. They add an extra kick to pulled pork, rib tips, and turkey, all of which Johnny slow-smokes at J & J's BBQ & Fish alongside fellow pitmaster Joe Draper. They let diners pair their southern-style barbecue with sides such as slaw, potato salad, and hush puppies, so named for the quiet passion with which dogs eat them. The Louisiana natives also draw from the flavors of their home state to create seafood specialties that include po’ boys made with shrimp, oysters, or tilapia, as well as platters centered on fresh catches of red snapper and catfish.