Rustic brick walls and a wine bar accent Lola's red, low-lit dining room, where candles illuminate the vivid oranges, purples, and greens of Peruvian cuisine arranged on crisp white ceramic plates. Libations culled from the bar's sprawling wine racks complement ceviche, sautéed Quechua vocabulary, and fried yucca.:m]]
L.A. Creamery Artisan Ice Cream is frequently featured on television and in the press. The Daily Find praised the eclectic selection at L.A. Creamery. The Los Angeles Daily News featured the shop as one of its "Small Bites," and L.A. Creamery was seen in the "Dine on a Dime" segment on CBS News. Yelpers give the Canoga Park location an average of four stars.
Cafe Bravo edifies flavor-craving tongues with an expansive menu of sophisticated tastes served up in a casual dining atmosphere. Adventurous eaters can tour the deserts of the Middle East without succumbing to dehydration or endlessly chasing mirage camel caravans with a selection of succulent shish kebab plates, including chicken, beef, lamb, and pork, paired up with charbroiled vegetables and pita bread ($6.50–$8.50). Hug meaty delights in an embrace of fresh Armenian bread with a kebab sandwich, a choice piece of skewer candy smothered in cilantro, tomatoes, and a drizzle garlic sauce ($4.75–$6). Herbivores and brontosauruses lost in time can mash a smattering of vegetarian delicacies between their molars, including a veggie kebab ($6) or a falafel wrap ($5).
Burgers are the star at Habit. No, not the typical fast-food patties, but 100% fresh ground-beef burgers that are char-grilled over an open flame, placed on a just-baked bun, and topped with local produce. The chefs don't mess around too much with this recipe for success, either. In fact, the Charburger only comes in five varieties, including a barbecue-bacon version and a teriyaki version crowned with grilled pineapple. After it comes off the grill, diners can head to the toppings bar to customize it with fixings such as banana peppers, jalapeños, and worcestershire sauce.
Habit's start was unassuming: in 1969, a burger joint quietly opened in Goleta Beach. But its fate forever shifted when two entrepreneurial brothers bought it out with money they borrowed from their mom. Since then, Habit has not only blossomed into a national chain with dozens of locations, but it has also launched a fleet of 33-foot-long food trucks. Yet for all its growth, Habit has kept its formula simple: burgers + fries = happiness.
As Habit expands, it keeps an eye on the communities it enters. Along with programs that help young people find careers in the culinary arts, the restaurant regularly donates to local nonprofits including the Boys and Girls Clubs, the YMCA, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. It also partners with Share Our Strength, which fights childhood hunger by bringing nutritional programs into schools and teaching underserved families how to stretch their food budgets.
Like its grownup sister location—Polentoni—Piccolo Polentoni offers refined versions of Old World Italian cuisine. The chefs keep the flavors familiar by importing prosciutto from Italy, hand-rolling meatballs, and making every strand of fettuccine in-house. Likewise, pizzas feature classic toppings such as basil, grilled vegetables, and pepperoni tinged with red chili pepper. Some dishes, such as polenta in meaty bolognese sauce, are a tad more complex, combining northern and southern Italian influences onto one plate. The wine list shows a similar appreciation for Italy's culinary imports and features bottles from Piemonte and Puglia.
An ascending ribbon of exposed brickwork runs along one dining room wall to the next, providing a rustic touch in the softly lit space. Metallic sconces adorn the walls beside each booth, which surround tables lit by flickering candles.
There's something for all tastes at Eat Well, from Baja fish tacos to country-fried chicken. The cozy diner serves homestyle breakfast until 3 p.m. daily, including such day-starting entrees as a hickory-smoked ham and eggs, and a vegetarian Buddha bowl made with tofu, broccoli, zucchini, and enlightenment. Later in the day, guests enjoy a high pile of ham, salami, swiss cheese, and Italian dressing in the Hobi Sandwich, and the herbivore-friendly Garden Melt with a meatless patty, grilled red onions, and soy cheese on a marble rye.