The well-regarded executive chef at Zimzala, Vincent Muraco, worked with menu expert and cookbook author Joyce Goldstein to develop a creative menu of Mediterranean cuisine with a California tinge. They researched the 22 countries of the region, incorporating the flavors of Spain, Greece, Italy, Northern Africa, the Middle East, Alabama, and more into a collection of healthful, exotic delights built from fresh, top-quality ingredients.
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.
Brunch, lunch, and dinner are served seven days a week at Bodhi Tree Vegetarian Cafe, where the menu offers numerous healthy ways to break bread sans MSG, cholesterol, and non-vegetarian ingredients. Ignore the allure of seductive chickens with an appetizer of eggless egg rolls (four for $4.95; eight for $8.95), sip curry noodle soup ($7.95), or savor sizzling black pepper steak ($11.95). All entrees are vegan, which means that diners can lock their lips on crispy “chicken” sandwiches ($6.95) or slurp pho ($7.95) without worrying about them not being vegan.
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.