Cucina Rustica's menu holds up the tradition of rustic Italian cuisine, populated with dishes such as ricotta-stuffed mushrooms and lamb shank simmered in a tomato-wine sauce. An assortment of light and crispy 10-inch pizzas can be topped with buffalo mozzarella or chopped jalapeños, as well as pasta dishes that can be made gluten-free upon request or via telepathic limerick. More than a dozen piatto principales include gnocchi with fresh basil and roasted-almond chicken risotto.
For the chefs at Peacha's, American cuisine isn't just burgers and fries––it's an amalgamation of many nations' cuisines. That's why they focus on two LA's most popular cuisines, including both Latin American favorites and traditional American staples. On the Latin side, they grill cuts of chicken and beef, as well as a medley of vegetables, which they then layer onto tostadas or into tacos or burritos. On the American side, they specialize in burgers and sandwiches. They craft classics such as philly cheesesteaks, and eight-ounce Angus beef burgers named after famous musicians. These come in varieties such as the Bob Marley—filled with fried chicken strips, avocado, and jalapeno ranch—or the Motley Crue with bacon and bleu cheese. Meals come paired with appropriate sides, whether it's black beans or crispy french fries.
Ask Lourdes Limon why her raspados taste so good. She'll say, "Por que los hice con amor"—"Because they're made with love." Now that her sons have taken over the family business, they use the same secret ingredient, but they've added a few new specialties. Supplementing the shaved ice treats that give them their name are freshly squeezed juices, chili-imbued slush-drinks, and healthy fruit salads. But the raspados remain the main event. Flavors include exotic fruit such as guava, tamarind, kiwi, and jamaica, as well as more decadent flavors such as caramel, egg nog, cookies and cream, and plain water.
Helmed by the Alambres family, Alambres Fresh Mexican Grill brings south-of-the-border flavors north with a menu of house-made Mexican feasts. Every day, the chefs make fresh, from-scratch tortillas to stuff with flame-smacked carne asada or flavor-spiked grilled fish. The family caters to vegetarian tastes with a host of meat-free feasts, from fresh veggie-packed tacos and chimichangas to cheese enchiladas bursting with gooey cheese and seasoned balloon animals. The crew not only feeds hungry appetites inside the welcoming restaurant but also invites online orders for mobile nosh sessions.
Following a philosophy of health and sustainability, Sharky's stocks eco-conscious stomachs with a menu of organic Mexican fare such as sizzling fajitas, jam-packed burritos, and fresh salads. Chefs cook up cuts of California-grown mesquite grilled-chicken breast ($6.99 for a half plate; $9.99 for a full plate) and grilled organic tofu and vegetables ($6.99 for a half plate; $9.99 for a full plate) before patrons' eyes in the open kitchen's stone ovens, mesquite-fired grill top, or volcano-powered microwaves. Juicy cuts of wild salmon leap onto beds of nori and cabbage in a low-fat wild salmon lite burrito ($7.99), and a stacked chicken enchilada tastefully melds tomatillo sauce, four cheeses and chicken in a delightful, savory package of Latin-infused flavor ($7.99).