"If you succeed, it will change your lives." Accountant Afram Nimeh uttered those words to his two sons in 1993 after investing the last of his savings into a failing restaurant. Though he passed away the following year, his sons?Joseph and Steven?carried on his legacy, Chicken Dijon Rotisserie & Grill. Today, they have expanded the family franchise to five locations, where customers gather to sample casual, healthy Mediterranean cuisine without having to build their own private jets. The kitchen staff efficiently assembles gyro and chicken platters flanked by sides such as rice pilaf, mediterranean potato salad, and stuffed grape leaves, as well as sandwiches topped with chicken, sliced gyro meat, or falafel.
Toyota Sports Center entices skaters of all ages with a trio of glassy rinks smooth enough to be commandeered for official practices by the L.A. Kings. When the pros aren't reigning over the ice, guests can practice axel jumps during skating lessons or show up for public skating sessions to lap the flattened glacier in search of preserved saber-toothed zambonis. Toyota Sports Center also educates aspiring Great Ones with beginners hockey classes, hosts youth and adult leagues, and encourages visitors to bulk up off the ice at the fitness center, which is outfitted with free weights and treadmills for those slowly reconnecting with exercise on solid ground.
From under the grill at Britt's BBQ, flames reach their flavor-enhancing tendrils up to barbecue-glazed ribs, tender pork shoulders, and skewers loaded with fresh veggies, infusing the whole menu of barbecue eats with their smoky essence. Grill-savvy chefs fill sandwiches, entree platters, and fresh salad greens with cuts of brisket, ribs, and chicken as guests order, resulting in hot meals fresher than a daisy on laundry day. A flavorful assortment of sides and freshly squeezed lemonade enhances the sensory experience of barbecue feasts, surrounding entrees with verdant slivers of cucumber salad, herb-speckled chunks of potato salad, and scoops of beans glistening in pools of barbecue sauce.
There's a statue of a harpoon fisherman perched atop the tail fin of a writhing swordfish outside El Segundo Fish Co. Indeed, they take their seafood seriously here—the menu is nearly all-seafood, and it encompasses culinary influences from the Gulf of Mexico and the East and West coasts. At lunch and dinner, you can pair up baja shrimp tacos, jambalaya, and fish and chips with a range of West-coast wines. The surrounding dining space recalls an old fishing shack; weathered timber beams, bare wood floors, and old barrels mingle with decorations such as fishing rods with tackle and a massive butter sculpture of Captain Ahab.
The restaurant also brings its coastal cuisine outside the dining room with catering packages, ranging from barbecue picnics to Mexican-style taco bars.
Thirty-six sandwich and hamburger options populate the menu at Mandy’s Family Restaurant, and it's an eclectic mix. The chefs make grilled cheeses or a gyro sandwich with salad, to say nothing of the non-sandwich options such as chicken strips and veal parmigiana. Mandy's Family Restaurant also presents an extensive breakfast selection, in case your roommate's a rooster. The catalog of 25 meals includes spanish omelets and country-fried steak.
The chefs at Indian Summer fire up their traditional clay oven, slow cooking goat, fish, and chicken to fold into homemade curries. Along with the regular menu filled with authentic specialties, such as shrimp tandoori and garlic naan, they also fill the buffet with all manner of sub-continental delights inside the simple, but elegant dining room.