Even though the menu at Oceanview Restaurant showcases international accents, the cooks never stray too far from the familiar flavors of comforting home cooking. This soulful approach shines through in dishes such as the herb-crusted pork chops and flatbreads topped with shredded chicken, grilled red onion, and tangy barbecue sauce. The menu has room for plates with a bit more flair?a glaze of wasabi-ginger sauce tops the sesame-crusted tuna and coconut shrimp arrives with a sweet mango chutney.
Oceanview Restaurant's ambiance mirrors the cozy spirit of its cuisine. Framed pictures of landscapes and nature scenes adorn the custard-hued walls, although the restaurant also entertains diners by occasionally hosting performances by local bands, DJs, and standalone keyboards possessed by HAL-9000. Outdoors, a shaded patio area surrounded by blooming flowers offers al fresco seating options.
3 Drunken Goats Restaurant takes its name from cabra al vino, a Spanish cheese soaked in wine for two to three days. It's an apt fit for the eatery, where Spanish wine and sangria pair with a menu rife with Spanish tapas. Savor piquillo peppers filled with idiazabal cheese, scallops wrapped in Spanish ham, and a grilled octopus and chorizo plate praised by LA Weekly.
Other artfully plated items include entrees like grilled salmon with pocha beans and desserts such as churros with chocolate sauce. You might be able to smell your dish being prepared in the open kitchen from 3 Drunken Goats' high-ceilinged dining room, where dark woods surround wine racks and a flat-screen TV broadcasting the latest sports.
Shanto's Bakery serves up traditional Lebanese cuisine with sweet, savory, and vegetarian-friendly dishes. Shanto's casual dining room boasts free WiFi, allowing flatbread-loving parties to live-stream soccer matches as they nosh on a vegetable side plate of green olives, fresh mint leaves, cucumbers, mediterranean pickles, and sliced tomatoes ($3.99). Diners meet their recommended daily allowance of unleavened dough with a variety of savory manaish, including the cheese manaish, raining a blend of premium mediterranean queso down on expansive plains of oven-fresh circular flatbread ($1.89). Autos wait patiently in the cafe's private lot while their masters pop in to get a sugar fix with the Nutella and banana wrap, a combination of fresh-baked pita bread, hazelnut-chocolate spread, banana slices, and sticky-sweet honey, a favorite of regulars and bipedal cartoon bears with a rumblee in their tumblees ($3.49).
The majority of the activity at Code Blue Cafe takes place outside. Under a canopy and warmed by heating lamps, guests lounge on couches and nibble on American and Middle Eastern dishes while puffing flavored smoke from elegant hookahs. Dishes include burgers loaded with onion rings or guacamole, beef kebab sandwiches, and gigantic ice-cream cookies. Fifteen flavors of Al Fakher hookah and 44 of Exotic Starbuzz hookah range from the straightforward such as spearmint, mango, and royal grape, to the more mysterious such as Pirates Cave, Passion Kiss, and Pink.
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 jalape?os, 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.