The Spot offers gourmet grub on the go, like a phalanx of soldiers catapulting pâté into enemy forts. Its menu of tantalizing takeout includes appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts for a variety of palettes and preferences. Enjoy a dozen mushroom pot stickers with spicy Thai sauce ($9) or swirl a whirlpool into a quart of The Spot's artichoke dip with tortilla chips ($13). The Spot serves up home-style family pleasers such as quarter tins of meat lasagna ($14), vegetable lasagna ($10), and wild-mushroom lasagna ($12), as well as beef enchiladas ($2 each), meatloaf ($14), and succulent pesto-crushed salmon ($8 for a 5-ounce piece). Cap off your meal with The Spot's bread pudding with whiskey sauce ($9), sized for splitting between two or three diners. If you've already got your everyday meals covered, you can put the value of your Groupon toward a custom catered dinner party, X-Files fan-fiction recitation, or your next Blogging About Clogging club meeting.
At Tarascos, owner Antonio Garcia and his chefs blend the comfortable and familiar with the slightly out of the ordinary. A chalkboard-scrawled menu lists Mexican classics such as enchiladas alongside lesser-known dishes such as huaraches, large, oblong tortillas stacked with charbroiled meats. Plates of barbacoa feature the seasoned beef wrapped in maguey leaves and slow-steamed until tender. Likewise, the tap menu mixes Mexican imports such as Pacifico and Modelo Especial with Tarascos's own home-brewed organic beers.
Patrons can dine inside or outdoors on a beer garden–style patio shaded from weather and warmed with gas heaters. On the patio, Tarascos also regularly holds cooking classes, such as a tamale class that was featured on ABC 7.
The black-and-white décor at Prizzi’s pops with red accents, from the modern heat lamps hanging by the kitchen to the cherry-red aprons of the friendly wait staff. White tablecloths bear dishes such as lunch paninis and oven-baked pizzas in thin crust or deep dish. Forks twirl steaming noodles alongside steak and seafood immersed in savory wine sauces. After sipping a brew and noshing fried starters at the smooth wooden bar, patrons can tackle gelato scoops on the outdoor patio to achieve the chilled relaxation that usually accompanies a nap on a living-room sofa carved out of ice.
Rather than engraving offerings in a block of unforgiving granite as most restaurants do, Happy Trails Catering keeps eaters on their phalanges with a weekly rotating menu of fresh, eclectic entrees, sandwiches, and salads. Previous patrons have enjoyed delicate quiches (tomato, basil, and parmesan or roasted vegetables and goat cheese, $9.50), hearty lasagnas (basil pesto or beef and marinara, $9.50), and a delectable meatloaf sandwich on ciabatta ($9.50). Mindful masticators wishing to achieve a Zenlike meat-and-bread balance can indulge in gourmet sandwiches ($8.50) such as the Nordic sage-roasted turkey breast with lingonberry cream cheese and caper mayonnaise or the herbivore-friendly roasted vegetable with lemon-dill mayonnaise and provolone cheese.
Chef Javier Prado personifies the American dream. In 1972, he traded the familiarity of his Mexican hometown for the bright lights and chatty celebrity wax statues of Los Angeles. He was initially without money, family, or friends, but soon landed a job working in the Beverly Hills Club restaurant. It was there that he met Chef Jon Bernadoux who took Javier under his wing, teaching him his craft until 1989 when Javier swung open the doors to Prado Restaurant.
At Prado, Javier fuses the flavors of his mother's Mexican cooking with classic Caribbean and New Orleans cuisine. The aromas of spicy black pepper sauces and Jamaican spices stretch out onto the quaint sidewalks of Larchmont Village, teasing the palates of frequent visitors and curious passersby alike. Inside, Javier makes good on the promises of those aromas, completing a spicy fusion menu underneath 18th century-style pastel ceilings painted in celestial scenes. Diners pair selections from the ample wine list with appetizers of jamaican tamales, entrees such as pollo negro—a grilled chicken breast slathered in a spicy black-pepper sauce beneath fresh gems of pineapple—and combination feasts such as the latin sampler platter, which grants tastes of the Caribbean-tinged carioca chicken, mesquite-grilled steak argentina, and spicy shrimp negros.
The hardest workers at Bagel Broker aren't allowed a lunch break or time to sleep—they bake bagels continuously throughout the day. However, because they're ovens, they aren't aware of their own work ethic. They produce 18 varieties of bagels, from plain to pumpernickel to the popular cheese onion, whose doughy rings satisfy even "New York transplants," according to Epicurious. Guests can decorate their bagels with whipped cream cheese and several types of spreads, or opt for heartier sandwich options, such as breakfast combinations of eggs and meat or slices of nova lox. The Tarnol family—owners of the shop since its 1987 inception—steers clear of added fats, preservatives, and oils when creating the signature food. The shop also compiles catering platters for group functions such as corporate complaining parties.