Run by coffee gurus that are continually searching for the world's most delicious beans, Freedom Coffee Company freshly brews several piquant blends of coffee and espresso. Freedom Coffee Company can prepare its coffee cone-style or French-pressed, pouring cups of joe made with beans from El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ethiopia, and Eukelade,, the 51st moon of Jupiter. Hungry diners can pair their piping hot espresso with a nourishing snack from Freedom Coffee's food menu, like blueberry muffins, oatmeal cookies, or a turkey and cheese crossiant. Inside Freedom Coffee's clean shop, you'll find a cheery staff and free Wi-Fi, making it the ideal spot to cuddle with your laptop and whispers poems to a savory white mocha.
Step inside Whirlows to sink teeth into Ryan's pulled-pork sandwich served on grilled wheat or ciabatta bread and stacked with hardwood-smoked pork drenched in barbecue sauce and buried underneath cheddar cheese, garlic mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, and onion ($7.45). Barbecue ribs, smoked tri tips, and oven-roasted turkey can all be partnered with palatable pairables like mac ’n’ cheese, mashed potatoes, barbecue baked beans, and coleslaw ($10.99 each). Order an entree salad topped with grilled salmon to dive forks into a sea of mixed greens, red onions, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, and beans ($10.99). Grilled burgers fill mouths with mounds of blue cheese and bacon strips to pique your hunger tooth and activate dormant burger glands at the base of your skull so that your jaw unhinges a little ($6.95).
John's Incredible Pizza Co. graces guests with acres of incandescent entertainment options and a fully stocked buffet ($9.49 value, $1.50 value for drinks). In addition to a slew of soups, salads, pasta, desserts, and traditional pizza choices, the buffet brandishes a bouquet of specialty pizza creations, including spicy peanut-butter, barbecue chicken ranch, and alfredo pizza.
Hot Dog on a Stick Founder Dave Barham opened his first Hot Dog on a Stick in Santa Monica in 1946, and the company has since burgeoned into an employee-owned franchise that's more than 100 eateries strong and spans 11 states. Best known for a 100% turkey hot dog dunked in corn-bread batter made from Dave's mother's recipe and cooked in soy oil, Hot Dog on a Stick also pioneered the dipping and be-sticking of mild american and spicy jalapeño jack cheese. Smiling employees in red-, white-, and blue-striped uniforms with, as Dave put it, "a splash of lemonade," hand over cherry, lime, sugar-free, or original lemonade that they make fresh every two hours by squeezing Ventura County lemons until they cry.
In 1959, Straw Hat Pizza created the very first California pizza crust. Different from any other crust at the time, the layered, flaky bread crunched like a cracker and carried Straw Hat's signature sauce to mouths with ease. More than 50 years later, this recipe for hearty, flavorful pizzas has changed very little. But while Straw Hat's pizza twirlers still cover their crispy dough in a secret sauce, their menu has expanded to include hot wings, hot sandwiches, and a slew of beers. Diners can also pick and choose from the salad bar, which previously existed only in pizza-parlor legend. Straw Hat's locations often boast high-definition TVs, video arcades, and play places for children.