Sertinos Café makes visitors feel right at home with its welcoming wood interior and made-to-order cuisine. The staffers layer each sandwich with whole-roasted meats and premium cheese, which they stuff into panini bread and baguettes toasted to a golden brown. They also provide the same care and attention to detail to their house beverages, hand-roasting more than 20 organic coffees in small batches and brewing imported loose-leaf teas that are available by the cup or pot. Guests can devour their treats in the café’s fireside seating area, which is furnished with oversized armchairs and pillows embroidered with the soup du jour.
Though the bakers at The Funnel House experiment with state-fair-style recipes, they don't limit themselves to dishes from, well, the states. Instead, they specialize in funnel cakes, as well as the dessert's Latin American equivalent: handmade churros. They serve both dishes in their classic, sugar-dusted form or topped with scoops of ice cream, whipped cream, or fruit. It isn't just the desserts that are state-fair classics, however. Staffers also fill glasses with cold lemonade and creamy cinnamon horchata.
Like a skilled yet benevolent warlock, Oni plies her purportedly magical fingers to mix her own organic facial products, using elements such as raw honey, apple-cider vinegar, and coffee. She gently administers a range of soothing treatments with these housemade elixirs, massaging faces and applying masks. Oni also specializes in waxing, during which she minimizes pain while maximizing the number of unwanted hairs she sends to an early retirement—probably in a warm state such as Hairizona.
Slimm Yogurt's sweet-tooth-appeasing staff builds swirly mountains of fro-yo and percolates steaming cups of joe. Customize 10 flavors of self-serve frozen yogurt ($0.35/ounce) with a variety of toppings, or sip on the 'cicle shavings of a snow ice ($3.79–$4.89). Cupcakes ($2.19 each) earn their name by fitting snugly in empty mugs of mocha or latte ($2.99–$3.39), and brick toast ($3.59) can be used to wolf-proof any porcine residence.
When it comes to waffles, the enthusiasts at Waffleholic think way beyond the cylindrical box of the blazing-hot iron. Once the fluffy spheres are removed, they don't just get the butter-and-syrup treatment. Instead, they are folded to provide a pocket for fillings. Divided into sweet and savory, those fillings range from bacon and eggs to fresh fruit and drizzles of chocolate sauce. Daily offerings of soups are also available?and topped with mini, savory waffles?in varieties such as split pea and Hungarian beef stew.
With a name that's a riff on the French phrase for golden bread, Pandor Bakery and Cafe specializes in regional French pastries OC Weekly once said inspire "where-have-you-been-all-my-life epiphanies". Pandor is far from just a pastry shop, though, as it boasts an extensive menu that includes everything from breakfast plates to paninis. By morning, guests can be found digging into Nutella french toast or croque madames?and head in early for its Dornut pastry, which OC Weekly calls "obscenely good." At lunch, the kitchen sizzles with the sound of pressed sandwiches layered with pesto chicken or grilled zucchini. Though Pandor's flagship location can be found in the south of France, the California locations incorporate local goods such as coffee from Costa Mesa's Portola Coffee Lab and forks grown within Orange County.