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.
Sushi Gp & Izakaya's menu unites sushi with other Japanese cuisine and internationally inspired fare. The tapas-style dishes include barbecue short ribs bento dinners and salmon sashimi. Each dish is carefully crafted, and then served by friendly waitstaff.
In 1984, Greg and Rose Tcholakian decided that, in order to truly share their traditional Middle Eastern eats with the world, a bigger kitchen was in order. That led them to open Carousel Restaurant in an intimate storefront. In 1998, they passed the business to their son, Mike, who expanded upon his parents' growing legacy by moving to a larger location, where he could incorporate more of his family’s culture into every detail. He enhanced the eatery's decor with traditional artwork and decorative scimitars, and put together a live band to back up a large belly-dancing troupe on Fridays and Saturdays. Over the years, Mike has also added to the menu, which now includes more than 50 appetizers in addition to his parents' signature kebabs and pilafs. Today he still helms the business, steering it toward its 30th anniversary and millionth belly shaken as his guests continue to come nightly for a taste of his family’s food and culture.
At Left Coast Wine Bar & Gallery, an eclectic mix gathers to sample more than 400 wines from California, South America, and Europe and admire works from local artists. Visitors clink bottles of craft beer or glasses of malbec and sweet chardonnays while jazz, rock, and open-mic performances fill the air with music seven nights a week. The outdoor patio treats revelers to fresh air as they savor Italian and French cheeses or munch on grilled panini sandwiches. A cozy upstairs loft provides an intimate setting for singer-songwriters to serenade guests with acoustic versions of popular ringtones.
Dinah's renowned chicken entices taste buds with a two-part cooking process that begins with pressure-cooking to lock in moisture and finishes off with deep-frying to make the outside golden brown and crispy. Owned and operated by the Pearson family since 1967, the established eatery sates patrons' appetites with its signature chicken, which pairs well with honey-smothered rolls and lots of happy closed-eye chewing. Other soul-warming sides keep the chicken company on dinner plates, including mashed potatoes, fries, corn on the cob, and pineapple coleslaw.