You could argue that every meal at Gaucho's Village includes live entertainment—servers are constantly visiting tables with humongous skewers of meat and slicing off choice pieces with a sword-like knife. To summon such a show to your table, all you need to do is turn a small marker over to display its green side, or turn your "Bring on the Meat" t-shirt right-side out. Then, you select from an array of flame-roasted cuts, ranging from the traditional picanha, or sirloin cap, to tri-tip and filet mignon wrapped in bacon. The blazing churrasco fires backstage also cook lamb, pork, and sausage, and the menu suggests a proper wine pairing for each cut.
Though these meats have been featured on the Travel Channel's Tastiest Places to Chow Down, they aren't the only impressive spectacle at the restaurant. The real show occurs on weekends, when samba dancers and DJs rev up the always-festive atmosphere. Guests who would rather kick back than shimmy along can visit the attached lounge. There, a separate lounge menu boasts empanadas and coxinha—fried balls of chicken and cheese—as well as flavored hookah on a back patio fenced with live bamboo.
The 60-piece Symphony in the Glen performs a collection of frightening favorites during EEK! at The Greek, a celebration of Halloween-inspired music and The Greek Theatre's 80th anniversary. Classically trained musicians crescendo through a spooky catalog of songs, including the themes from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and Lamb Chop's Play-Along. Maestro Arthur B. Rubinstein also leads the musicians through a debut of his own ghoulish composition accompanied by a reading of Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart. Other horrific highlights include "Danse Macabre" and Mussorgsky's "Night On Bald Mountain," a composition notorious for haunting the dreams of Rogaine salesmen across the globe.
Though it first opened in 1959 as an English pub, the Red Lion Tavern has given Los Angeles an easy way to visit the boisterous beer gardens of Munich since 1963. The diverse menu includes lunch and dinner options, and even hosts a champagne brunch. The menu's hearty emphasis on sausage, beer, and cabbage hasn’t changed much in 50 years, and today features seven kinds of sausage and extensive pretzel and schnitzel offerings, along with an extensive list of beers. Customers can also enjoy a myriad selection of salads, sandwiches, soups, seafood, pork, poultry, desserts and sides such as red cabbage or German fried potatoes. The Tavern also features weekly specials in addition to a number of coffee specialties.
Two indoor bars and an outdoor beer garden give patrons plenty of places to refill their pints—and the bartenders likewise offer plenty of opportunities to practice one's German (their native tongue). Along with dressing its wait staff in lederhosen and dirndls, the Red Lion Tavern invites Germanic bands to play live music, hangs the work of German artists upon their walls, and sends partied-out patrons home in German-engineered cabs whenever possible.
Sustainable ingredients, innovative recipes, and delectable vegan options make up the Mediterranean-themed menu at Desert Rose Restaurant. Delve into the art of edibility with a dish of harissa-rubbed baked brie ($11), encrusted with Middle Eastern spices and served with apple slices, strawberries, crostini, and crackers. Traditional dinner luxury gets skillfully skewered in the chicken kebab ($14), strewn with hummus and garlic sauce and served alongside rice, fries or tabbouleh. The decadent crab meat and asparagus risotto pairs plump crab with flavorful asparagus beneath a helping of fresh parmigiano-reggiano cheese and a drizzle of lambrusco ($18), whereas the traditional beef kebab is sidekicked with hummus, roasted tomatoes, and crispy pita bread ($13 for lunch, $16 for dinner). Dairy evaders will exalt the variety of vegan options, with multitudes of appetizers, sandwiches, and pizzas, such as the margarita ($17), offering meat-free mealtime. A sizable tome of top-notch libations creates a vast number of plate pairings, intimidating the indecisive and causing statistics professors to mourn foregone tap-dance careers.
For mouthbuds hungering for inventive twists and shouts, Malo’s hard-shell tacos feature combos such as the ground beef and pickle ($6 for two tacos) and potato and cheddar ($5.50 for two tacos). Other new-fangled dishes include the pork carnitas marinated with Coca-Cola and fresh orange juice ($12). All items can be sided with a variety of edible backup singers such as refried beans ($2.50), yucca fries with chipotle dip ($4), and Mexican corn on the cob ($3.50). The swanky eatery boasts a sleek, industrial-style interior with red velvet wallpaper and glossy black subway tiles along with an outdoor patio. The upscale, laid back décor makes Malo an ideal location for a romantic rendezvous with a significant other or for clandestine meetings of the Gary Shandling look-alike club.
The chefs at Chadaka Thai shower traditional spices over a bevy of fresh seafood, spicy curries, and refreshing vegetarian dishes. Tender steak and succulent lamb chops don flavors of lemongrass and hot peppers as egg and rice noodles take on a range of shapes beneath savory sauces. In the dining room, towering windows and pillar-like pendant lights illuminate dark-wood décor as stark geometric furnishings find a rustic complement with burl accents and a patchwork-quilt ceiling. Candlelit tables for two fan the flames of a romantic evening or passionate fire-eating contest, whereas an outdoor patio framed by pinewood-hued beams grants diners a glimpse of the bustling shoppers just beyond their savory sanctuary.