Moist double chocolate chip cookies speckled with rich chocolate chunks. Coconut cheesecake brownies drizzled in chocolate syrup. Chocolate mousse-filled buttercream cake frosted with tufts of dark chocolate. It’s clear that Loving Nutrition’s desserts embody indulgent excess. It may come as a surprise then that they also embody vegan ideals, containing no gluten, dairy, egg, soy, or nuts. A pastry mecca for those with vegan beliefs or food allergies, Loving Nutrition stems from the brain of Suraya Iller, a pastry chef and mother of two. After noticing that many children with food allergies were excluded from eating birthday cakes and holiday treats, she swooped to the rescue, baking desserts that everyone could enjoy. In addition to whipping up red velvet cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies, and buttercream cakes, the shop also serves a variety of gluten-free breads, including tomato focaccia and pumpkin cranberry.
Crafted from fresh ingredients such as bigeye tuna, albacore, and quail eggs, Shinkou Sushi's hand-rolled delicacies treat palates to hearty bites of authentic Japanese flavor. An extensive menu beckons diners to choose from sashimi supplied in half dozens, hand and cut maki rolls, and more than 10 sushi combos. After choosing their wrap or rice preferences, customers can build their own rolls from ingredients such as hamachi, imitation crab, and radish sprout, or sample more than 15 specials, including a las vegas roll dispensed directly from the restaurant’s slot machine. Visitors seeking nonraw alternatives can savor one of Shinkou Sushi's many appetizers, salads, and rice bowls, all of which can pair with bottles of sake. In addition to biweekly happy hours, Shinkou Sushi grants free delivery of both cuisine and drinks to patrons ordering $25 minimums within a designated 3-mile area.
Noonerz provides alternatives to the traditional workday breakfast or lunch. Freshly baked bagels, pastries, and other quick to-go snacks await morning visitors. The lunch selection features a number of light meals, including salad bowls, wraps, and sandwiches that earned the OC Weekly Best Sandwich Orange County award in 2014. Every sandwich begins in the ovens, with fresh-baked ciabatta bread made from scratch. From there, the staff members create inventive sandwiches using everything from spicy breaded chicken breast and cilantro-almond relish to tuna salad made with fat-free sour cream and mayo, chickpeas, and a splash of lime juice.
Top notch Arabica beans arrive green at Javatinis, each pack mule still wet from its long journey over sea. With 11 blends of African, Latin American, and Asian beans, you can have a different cup of liquid alchemy for almost every day of week (12 oz. bags start at $11). Javatinis allows you to choose your roast level, picking from nine stages of increasingly deadly heat, with the final roast level applied by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Mitze?s Kountry Kitchen has established a reputation in the area as the go-to place for authentic Colombian cuisine. Thank owners and Colombian natives Julio and Rosio Macia for that?they've been crafting made-from-scratch arepas, fried cassava, and Colombian beef stew for years. Here, hungry diners will find traditional dishes all day long. At breakfast, there are plates of classic calentado (a breakfast rice and beans dish), as well as steaming bowls of changua, a soup made with poached eggs. Lunch and dinner bring delectable dishes like sirloin steaks drizzled in chimichurri, empanadas, and homemade tamales. The restaurant even serves hard-to-find fruit juices native to Colombia, such as curuba, lulo, and maracuya, and whips up its own aji salsa in-house.
The signature dishes at Athena Gyro Greek and Mediterranean Grill are the epitome of Greek casual dining, from gyro pita sandwiches to platters of tabouli, hummus, falafel balls, and kalamata olives. Chefs craft the entire menu with as much attention to authentic details as their signature dishes. They spear halal chicken and beef before charbroiling the skewers, and they ladle tzatziki sauce over oven-baked halal lamb and eggplant. Even the eatery?s aesthetic celebrates all things Greek, with walls blanketed in blue and white hues that evoke the Greek flag, the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Sea, and Zeus's childhood bedroom.