As the morning sun streams through Lemon Grove Deli’s windows, diners ponder the ultimate breakfast choice: sweet or savory. If they choose the former, they’ll excavate a belgian waffle from beneath an avalanche of strawberries and whipped cream. If the latter, they’ll bury bacon-and-cheese omelets under dollops of salsa, or enjoy a plate of huevos rancheros. The smoky scent of the grill signals the onset of lunchtime, when the eatery’s wooden tables fill with sandwiches inspired by flavors from California to New England, ranging from grilled pastrami to california cheesesteaks. Customers can also choose from their selection of loaded fries, including loaded gyros fries.
Delighting patrons for more than 50 years, Jalisco's serves up a menu sporting savory selections of soups, burritos, tacos, tostadas, and more. Quiet wagging tongues with sips from a small bowl of pozole ($4.99) or red or white menudo ($4.99), made fresh daily and served with hominy and corn or flour tortillas. Next, move on to house specialties such as enchiladas suizas with chicken and tomatillo sauce ($8.99), or toothsome and tender pork tips ($9.49) with a posse of green peppers, onions, and tomatoes that tickle tongues with the feather-light flavors of a mild sauce.
Los Antojos' professional salsa senseis artfully plate an extensive menu of authentic Mexican cuisine. Mouths can plummet into an appetizer of ceviche Los Antojos, which flaunts ahi tuna, octopus, and scallops accessorized with fresh avocado, mango, nectarine, and strawberries swiped from Carmen Miranda's hat ($11.95). Chefs bundle carne asada tacos with guacamole, salsa, onions, and cilantro ($3.95), and they marinate ox tails in dark beer before introducing the tender morsels to sides of rice and beans ($6.96). The seafood selection includes shrimp with tamarind sauce ($17.95) and pescado en salsa de frijol negro, a white fish filet topped with black beans and swirled in dark beer sauce (15.95). Beer and wine cool throats riled from contentious debates over flour versus corn tortillas, as barkeeps craft cocktails such as mango margaritas ($5.55).