Peppino's menu of family-style portions provides more savory pairings than grandma could shake a slotted spoon at. Ease a land lover into the seafood sampler, composed of halibut, shrimp, scallops, and salmon atop a bed of angel-hair pasta infused with a garlic-basil tomato sauce and a splash of white wine ($21.95), or teach the young ones the true meaning of antipasto with a piled-high salad of salami, capicola, ham, mortadella, provolone, red onions, black olives, tomatoes, pepperoncini, kitchen sinks, roasted peppers, and mixed greens ($9.95).
For more than three decades, Bravo Avo’s chef Avo Kilicarslan has been welcoming diners with his warm personality and homestyle Greek Mediterranean cooking. Fresh, natural ingredients lift his entrees and family meals to heights that both wow palates and comfort kin and couples. The gyros, kebabs, and moussaka pair with private-label red or blond ales and imported Greek wines to bring out a full bouquet of flavors and explore the depth of Greek Mediterranean preparation. The sunny yellow surroundings foster an inviting atmosphere, with walls that boast the restaurant's numerous awards, vibrantly colored works of art, and a wooden panel depicting a seafaring Dionysus.
After meals, guests linger over their tables to dig into housemade baklava with roasted walnuts before taking home bottles of Avo's signature mustard sauce. The flavorful recipe—which has been a favorite since 1979—dresses up steak, seafood, or vegetables as a marinade or dipping sauce.
With 40 years of sandwich-making expertise, Togo's gives party planners an extensive catering menu from which to choose their spread. Sandwich trays ($45 regular size, feeds 10), the Endless Combinations platter ($65, feeds up to eight with 16 half sandwiches of four different varieties, plus a regular salad), and a 3- to 8-foot Party Footer (feeds up to 32 people; prices vary depending on sandwich type and size) will supply sustenance for Valentine's Day group gatherers, enthusiastic Presidents' Day celebrators, and supporters of early-February professional American football championships.
Milo's Cafe—spawned from adoration for health, community, and canines—dishes out a menu chock-full of wholesome eats, more than 12 sudsy beers, and a well-heeled wine selection in a dog-friendly space. Win over health-conscious tongues without licking exercise tapes by ordering the baked chicken wings coated in low-fat buffalo or thai chili sauce ($5.95). Mixed greens mingle with grilled chicken, papaya, mango, seasonal berries, and roasted almonds in the signature morgan salad ($8.95). The tofu tacos come embraced in a whole-wheat tortilla with vegan cheese and roasted veggies ($7.95), and the cedar-plank roasted salmon ($14.95) swims with omega 3s. Or fuel up for long day of using solar-powered monster trucks to crush combustible-engine cars by chomping the protein crêpes, a battered blend of protein, wheat germ, and flaxseed ($7.95).
Ana Maria Montoya Kishihara first landed on American soil in the early 1980s, bringing along her two young children, the traditional Peruvian recipes of her mother and grandmother, and a dream to start her own restaurant. She opened up Inka Grill in 1996, stocking its kitchen with fresh ingredients and setting up a wood-fired rotisserie to roast juicy Peruvian chicken dishes. Today, Ana’s daughter has taken over the family business, whipping up the authentic the Criolla recipes passed down from the three generations of women before her.
Amid the smoky rotisserie and bubbling pots of stew in the Inka Grill kitchen, chefs whip up fresh fish ceviches, savory steak stir-fry saltados, and flavorful seafood paellas. They pair heaping scoops of rice and beans with their rotisserie chicken, a poultry that reporters from Orange County Weekly lauded as “so juicy from tail to sternum you can barely tell the dark from the white.” Servers tote sizzling platters to the dining room, where vivid paintings of Peruvian children adorn the walls and a soft flute plays traditional Peruvian songs, i.e., Wham! covers. The staff pours glasses of the traditional chicha morada corn drink and presents cans of imported Inca Kola to quench the spice of their ultra-spicy green aji sauce, which the chefs have lightheartedly dubbed “Gringo Killer”.
Bhan Baitong's menu boasts a few Chinese dishes, such as chow mein and fried wonton. But the restaurant mostly sticks with Thai classics: tom yum soup, spicy fried rice, red curry with chicken. Some come with fun names, including the crying tiger, a medley of greens with charbroiled beef and chili lime sauce. Ditto on the disco shrimp salad, whose succulent grilled shrimp are tossed with lemongrass and carrot rather than leftover glitter from KC and the Sunshine Band's last tour.
Seafood stands out among the culinary team's specialties, whether in the form of deep-fried trout coated with green-apple relish or fried rice tossed with scallop, crab claw, squid, and shrimp. Each artfully plated dish adds bursts of color to a cozy dining room of textured white walls, black furnishings, and green napkins.