The cultural mélange that characterizes Spice on Hollywood's menu draws inspiration from across the globe, incorporating familiar American, Mexican, and Italian recipes. Regardless of the dish's origin, the chefs demonstrate a commitment to homestyle flavors by making tomato sauces and pico de gallo salsa in-house. Pizzas can arrive decked with any of 14 available toppings—including barbecued chicken, feta cheese, and basil—and savory mushrooms accompany servings of flame-grilled rib-eye steak. These varied cuisines also influence the eatery's menu of breakfast staples, which features huevos rancheros and black beans alongside belgian waffles with fresh strawberries and powdered sugar.
The intimately sized dining area creates a cozy, café-like ambiance. Chalkboards with daily specials line a wall behind the front counter, pendant lamps gently illuminate dark wooden tables, and floor-to-ceiling windows flood the room with natural light for diners who prefer to cook their own meals photosynthetically.
After cultivating his culinary skills in the major hotels of Europe, Hungarian chef Laszlo Bossanyi brought his passion for traditional cuisine to Maximilians, nestled in the heart of the NOHO art district. The rustic charm of his homeland pervades the dining room, where guests can dine on Eastern European dishes such as veal paprikash, potato latkes, and german sausages. A worldly selection of wine and beer adds to the authenticity of the meal, offering patrons a glimpse into the unadulterated flavors that have since made their way into America’s culinary melting pot.
During warm months, clients and their pets can enjoy the smell of the adjacent rose garden as they eat on a tiled, umbrella-shaded patio, passing tastes to friends in the main dining room through holes in the white trellised fence.
For more than 30 years, Quiznos has toasted its submarine sandwiches to bring out the hidden flavors found in butcher-quality meats, cheese, and artisan breads. Its classic and signature subs take on a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles ranging from the prime-rib with mushrooms and swiss to the classic italian, which dons black olives, mozzarella, red-wine vinaigrette, and plentiful sliced meats. Those closely monitoring their waistlines can take unabashed bites of sandwiches that have fewer than 500 calories, such as the bourbon chicken and Baja-chicken subs. A selection of grilled flatbreads, soups, and salads round out Quiznos' varied menu.
The chef at Talisman Restaurant prepares dishes the same way she does for her family at home, drawing on recipes and secrets from Russia and the Ukraine. She crafts Russian specialties such as beef stroganoff, as well as chicken tabaka from Georgia and chicken kiev from the Ukraine. Talisman also specializes in nalistnik—crepes stuffed with chicken and topped with mushroom sauce and mozzarella cheese, as well as Uzbek dishes such as chicken kebabs, samsa, manti, and shurpa.
Ono Hawaiian BBQ brings the island to the mainland with tender meats soaked in made-from-scratch marinades. Chefs hand roll chicken katsu in panko bread crumbs to give it a fresh, crispy texture, and assemble generous portions of crispy shrimp, island whitefish, and barbecue chicken in the seafood mix.