Though it sounds like a mixed drink, the campechana cocktail is actually a meal. Diners spear shrimp, octopus, and chunks of white abalone as they swim in cocktail sauce flavored with avocado and cilantro. The seafood stew is just one of Cabrera’s house specialties, which populate nearly half of the Mexican eatery’s menu. Other specialty dishes include steak ranchero, marinated sirloin served alongside grilled cactus and jalapeños, and salmon con salsa de arandano, a fresh, pan-roasted fish steeped in cranberry chipotle sauce. Traditionalists can take comfort in the eateries’ abidance to serving food on plates rather than mini hovercrafts, and south-of-the-border staples such as mole-drenched chicken and burritos blanketed with melted cheese.
Poetry would be composed entirely of haikus and sonnets dedicated to cakes and pastries if poets didn't devour their idyllic subjects before having a chance to write. Today's Groupon says what meter and rhythm cannot with $10 worth of sweet and savory baked goods and bistro fare for $5 at Sweet Savory Café and Bakery. Visit either the San Dimas or Covina location, where expert kitchen-fingers craft fresh and healthy café cuisine for every meal of the day.
A family-owned-and-operated shop, Sweet Savory Café and Bakery uses time-honored secret recipes to bake scrumptious breads, cookies, paninis, pastas, and breakfast bites on the menu. Scramble the a.m. with eggs, corn, and Swiss cheese in a Harvest Scrambler ($6.99), or top it with cream cheese, onion, tomato, jalapeño, and avocado on a breakfast bagel ($3.99). A hearty 2.5-pound loaf of freshly baked sourdough bread costs $4.95, and a 2-pound wheat loaf costs $4.75. Sweet Savory serves fresh and healthy cold, hot, and panini sandwiches in addition to salads and pasta for lunch. Try the new mozzarella Reuben with sauerkraut and thousand-island dressing ($7.99). Fettuccini parties with chicken breast in a pasta bowl with caper strobe lights and a creamy white sauce that won't let the cops inside without a warrant ($9.89).
Goldenrod tiles and a charming eating area give excellent views over glass display tables of freshly prepared treats. Order a beer or wine while you watch dessert's dainty caravan carry a smattering of luscious confections, including cream-cheese scones by the dozen ($21.45), Mexican wedding cookies ($23.88 per dozen), and vanilla cupcakes with fudge or cream-cheese frosting ($16.50 per dozen). A pantry and a breadbox are overachieving storage spaces that need floury sustenance, so stock up on Sweet Savory's sweets and savories.
Sweet Savory's Covina location gets four stars from one Insider Pages user, and 100% of six Urbanspooners like it. Yelpers give it a near perfect 4.5 stars, and the San Dimas spot gets three:
- I really like this place for breakfast and lunch. Everything is fresh and made to order. The baked goods are delicious, along with the coffee. Friendly staff, and confortable [sic]. – Katrina M., Yelp
- I highly recommend the ULTIMATE BREAKFAST BAGEL, it is the best thing ever for a hearty breakfast – Michael M., Yelp
- This is an adorable, nice little dinning spot in Covina off of the main street. It has good scramblers, sandwiches, salads, pastas. really nice atmosphere… – Katherine M., Insider Pages
After Congress instituted the Five-Second Rule in 1956, Americans had to develop a surefire way to keep their dinners off the ground. And thus, the kabob was born. Today's Groupon celebrates the wooden skewer that has saved millions of meals with $16 worth of impaled grub at California Skewers in Duarte for $8. California Skewers offers a cool and casual dining experience where you build your own meal from the stick on up. If skewering lingo hasn't entered your lexicon yet, consult the handy how to order guide.
Festooned in red and green and warmed by heat lamps, The Great Onion cultivates a festive atmosphere on its covered patio that is only elevated by the sizzling dishes served to smiling patrons anxious to dive into the fresh food. To customize their dining experience, patrons can build their own combo, which may include enchiladas, hard or soft tacos, or taquitos and is always served with rice, beans, and guacamole. The chefs specialize in seafood dishes and also whip up specialties such as steak fajitas or chicken molcajete and the aptly named Great Onion Delight burrito, stuffed with steak picado and chile rellenos and served wet with red or green salsa. And to keep the festive atmosphere going, The Great Onion offers a happy hour everyday and a lunch buffet that entices large groups to come in for a meal and stay for a group hug.
The Slaw Dogs owner, Ray Byrne, probably didn't realize at the time that the Thai coleslaw he brought to a barbecue would become the inspiration for a business featured on ABC and mentioned in Travel + Leisure. According to a Food Network spot on The Slaw Dogs, Byrne tossed some of his extra slaw onto a hot dog and realized that he'd made a tongue-shattering discovery. With that slaw dog as his guide, he opened a hot-dog joint where his original discovery stars on the menu, jazzed up with accents of satay dressing and sesame aioli. But unlike Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the telephone and then pretty much sat around eating Cheetos and playing scratch-off lotto tickets, Byrne isn't satisfied with a single invention. In fact, LAist praised Byrne for his ability to "take seemingly clashing flavors and make them work together," as evidenced in the Green Monster dog with garlic salsa verde or the gigantic TNT Super dog, a tortilla-wrapped spread of bacon pastrami, beer chili, and fries.
The Slaw Dogs also lets patrons build their own dream dogs out of 11 different franks, 10 sauces, and more than 50 toppings, such as kimchi, goat cheese, or truffle oil. The possibilities are almost endless; a group of Caltech students recruited by the Food Network calculated a whopping 35 quintillion total combinations.
Ranked the No. 1 Submarine Sandwich Franchise in the 2011 Franchise 500 issue of Entrepreneur magazine, Subway has graced the globe with nutritious stacks of meat, crisp veggies, flavorful cheeses, and freshly baked breads since 1965. Sandwiches, including the classic big philly cheesesteak (6", $4.75), can be left out in the cold or invited into a toaster, and the $5 foot-long subs are useful for measuring a child's height in cold-cut combos or the distance between the Earth and the sun in meatball marinara. There are also kids' meals to introduce children to the concept of eating. This eatery also opens for bountiful breakfast sandwiches served alongside cups of Seattle’s Best Coffee ($1.60 for 16 oz.).