The chef deep-fries half a boneless duck until it forms a crisp outer shell and then douses the poultry in a honey-barbecue sauce. He then moves to another grill and browns prawns marinated in a tequila cream sauce. Eclectic dishes, such as the honey-roasted duck, fill Siam Patio Thai Cuisine’s menu. Unique ingredients pop-up in all aspects of the menu—from curries with a pumpkin and seafood pairing to a deep-fried crispy chicken sautéed with mango. Chefs also include old Thai favorites on the menu, such as pad thai and fried-rice dishes, for those who prefer the comfort of familiarity, much like hugging an imaginary friend.
Hailing from Brazil, where he witnessed his Japanese mother bind sushi at home, Taka Watanabe sharpened his sea-fare-swaddling skills under the tutelage of a Japan-born sushi expert. At Taka's Sushi, Californian twists wheedle their way into a menu that offers nigiri topped with fresh-water eel or Spanish mackerel, depending on the season and the fish's hectic schedule of social appearances. Chopsticks shuttle sushi such as the Ziggy roll—a soy-wrapped cocoon bulging with deep-fried soft-shell crab and a fiery garlic-avocado sauce—and seared duck from plate to palate.
Bruce and Etty Blackman, owners of Sam's Kosher Style Restaurant & Deli, have been in the eatery business for more than 25 years, filling the bellies of people of every creed. From breakfast to dinner, they stack plates with delicatessen classics such as eggs and omelets, sliced meat sandwiches, and comfort fare entrees. Their menu blossoms past the confines of dietary restrictions, with ham and cheese mingling with pastrami and potato knishes.
The passionate and experienced chefs at Takieng Thai Cuisine dished up meals in Thailand before heading to the states to plate a menu of authentic Thai cuisine. Greeting taste buds with mild, medium, or hot levels of spiciness, the thai fried rice hosts a party bustling with egg, veggies, and a special-guest protein of your choice ($8.95), who promises to not wear a clown mask this time. Classic noodle dishes such as pad thai ($8.95) or pad see-ew ($8.95) slide down esophageal slaloms, and yum-tow-hu—tofu salad ($6.95)—fills bellies with cilantro-laced sustenance. The cozy, wood-paneled interior is enhanced by Thai artifacts, resulting in a casually intimate atmosphere ideal for deep conversations about filling out W-9 forms.
With ingredients grown at local farms and in Maranello Restaurant's own garden, Chef Gabriel Glasier brings life to a mixture of traditional, regional, and contemporary Italian recipes drawn from the old world’s tastiest corners. His farm-to-table dishes change seasonally, with weather-appropriate items such as butternut squash ravioli and grilled Scottish salmon with cauliflower spaetzle gracing tables only when the time is right. Gabriel also tops hand-tossed pizza with grilled chicken and fire-roasted tomato sauce and crafts desserts such as a flaming s'more with homemade marshmallow and chocolate cashew butter cream.
To help wash down each hearty helping, mixologists behind Maranello Restaurant's antique 1920s bar whip up signature house cocktails, pull pints of draft beers, and pour reds and whites imported from Italy and made at small, regional California wineries. No matter the date on t he calendar, guests can savor their feasts at the bar, in the main dining room, or inside a covered, heated patio that maintains a constant outdoor vibe with abundant plants and tranquil fountains rather than roaming bears.
The sight most often seen from the drive-thru window of Java Johnny's isn't drivers?it's dogs. That's because the drive-thru espresso bar's baristas don't just make freshly brewed lattes and mochas to go, they also serve up dog treats to well-behaved pups. This helps create both happy drivers on the way to work and happy pups who are secretly living out of their cars until their herding business takes off.
Though the dog treats only come in one flavor, the staff creates the house lattes in a variety of flavors using Torani's classic and sugar-free syrups. Baristas whip up classic and signature drink combinations, such as the ToffeeNut silk with white mocha and Hawaiian style shaved ice to accompany a variety of food items including pastries such as raspberry scones.