Hot wings, New York-style pizza, and Philly steak sandwiches may be the signature foods of the east coast, but it's hard to imagine any restaurant treating them with more reverence than west-coast franchise Alondra Hot Wings. The eponymous wings are the house specialty, hot and slathered in one of 18 sauces. Ranked on a scale from mild to atomic?which requires a waiver to order?the sauces also include flavors such as lemon pepper, spicy barbecue, maple syrup, and thai chili.
Alondra's other major influence is written all over the menu?and the walls. Mug shots of famous mafiosi hang throughout the dining room, and the owners are so fascinated by the subject that their website even offers tutorials in mob history. Also from that old Italian-American milieu: pizzas built on from-scratch dough, bearing names such as The Godfather?a hearty amalgam of four meats?and the Little Italy, which flecks chicken breast with basil. Draft beer and wine help mouths cool down after biting into a hot wing or almost insulting the ghost of Al Capone.
Corleone Italian Restaurant's cooks transport the rich culinary landscape of Sicily to the United States through mouthwatering Italian pizzas, pastas, and desserts served in a warmly lit space. Head Chef Salvatore dazzles taste buds with a menu of seafood, veal, and flavorful sauces made from seasonal ingredients. Inside, pictures of old Italy pepper the walls and tables frame house-made pizzas and elegant desserts with a dressy-casual atmosphere. In addition to enrapturing palates with plates of fresh Sicilian fare, Corleone keeps eardrums entertained with live music from Mark Carter and Tony Millot, who delight audiences on Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Jason Capalad and Chris Rubio call their business Vizzi Truck because the cuisine is nothing short of visionary. Blending Californian, Filipino, and French cooking styles, Vizzi Truck specializes in coastal flavors that can be mobilized without sacrificing gourmet flair or resorting to catapult-borne meals. The menus are known to change seasonally, and the truck's route can be different everyday, so fans should follow the Facebook and Twitter pages to keep tabs on the fusion food truck.
The first thing visitors notice as they approach Mom's Burgers is the peeling retro sign, which looms over the cheerful little stand and features a colorful burger dripping with mayonnaise. The next thing they notice is the aroma floating out from the kitchen—sizzling beef, pastrami, and bacon. Guests can peer into the counter window for a glimpse at the chefs as they whip up their specialty Chronic burger, the delightfully messy tower of beef, American cheese, fried egg, and bacon lauded by reporters from LA Weekly. But if you’re hoping to save room for heaping plates of seasoned or chili cheese fries, or just want your hands to appear bigger, you can always opt for a "junior" version of their specialty burgers. Brown-paper bags of burgers, sandwiches, and tacos in hand, guests find seats at the picnic tables or on one of the stools that surround the stand.
Ono Hawaiian BBQ brings the island to the mainland with tender meats soaked in made-from-scratch marinades. Chefs hand roll chicken katsu in panko bread crumbs to give it a fresh, crispy texture, and assemble generous portions of crispy shrimp, island whitefish, and barbecue chicken in the seafood mix.