Sizzling Central American cuisine serenades senses in Estela's family-friendly interior, where customers can surf waves of free WiFi or challenge friends to games of foosball in between their savory bites. Start with a zesty appetizer such as mexican-chicken egg rolls ($6.90) before reeling in an entree such as pan-fried sea bass ranchero ($12.75) or a loaded combination platter ($9.60–$10.20). Homemade flan, fried ice cream, or choco tacos ($4.95–$5.95) can sweeten stomachs while a kaleidoscope of tequila from the restaurant's full bar adds sugar to the sentiments of dining love birds and old pinochle partners. Drool over the entire dinner menu, which also includes children's specials and vegetarian options, on Estela's website.
Primo's II Pizzeria treats mozzarella deficiencies with a menu packed with baked pastas, stromboli, hoagies, and three styles of pizza—square Sicilian, New York–style thin crust, and Chicago deep dish. Dough disciples can build their own pies ($9.99+) or choose from specialties such as The Works, a food frisbee loaded with pepperoni, sausage, onions, green peppers, and mushrooms ($15.99–$17.49). Carnivorous consumers satisfy protein quotas with meat lovers pizzas topped with pepperoni, bacon, smoked ham, and sausage ($16.99–$18.49). Stromboli serves as a massive dish of folded fantasy, enclosing sausage, pepperoni, vegetables, and marinara sauce, or as an efficient envelope for Italian expats to mail home Statue of Liberty key chains ($8.95–$13.50). Taste buds bellow with delight after devouring a dish of baked ziti ($10.95) or eggplant parmigiana ($7.99), and sweet teeth sing arias extolling the decadence of chocolate-chip-studded cannoli ($1.75–$3.50) and sfogliatelle pastries ($1.75). Enjoy meals inside Primo's II Pizzeria’s red, white, and green dining room or al fresco while reminiscing of time spent vacationing in Tuscan villas or cleaning Venetian blinds.
Houlihan’s chefs unite diners with mouth-seeking meals culled from a menu of inventive recipes produced with local and all-natural ingredients and flanked by expertly crafted cocktails. Savory lunches arrive tableside in 15 minutes or less, swiftly occupying chompers with midday delicacies such as So-Cal fish tacos with tilapia, chipotle mayo, honey-cumin dressing, and pico de gallo ($8.95–$10.95). Dinner announces its approach with sophisticated cocktail heralds including wines, martinis, and specialty mojitos in flavors such as guava, raspberry, pomegranate, and snozzberry ($6.75–$7.75). Garlic-herb cream cheese nuzzles into the center of savory chicken breasts served over gold mashed potatoes and the vegetable of the day ($15.95–$18.95), and wild mushrooms romp through a blend of cheeses within corn tortillas blanketed by smoky mozzarella sauce in the wild mushroom enchiladas ($13.95–$15.95). Crisp calamari crowns napa cabbage and banana in the University Boulevard location's popular calamari salad ($14.95), with an aromatic banana-ginger vinaigrette that's also sold in incense form.
Tasting the foods of a certain country or culture usually involves traveling––either to that spot on the globe, or at least to a restaurant that specializes in those foods. But Tapas Eats has eliminated the need for travel altogether. In a process that fuses convenience with deliciousness, the staff whips up international dishes and delivers them to the doors of its customers. The menu prominently features Mexican and Italian specialties as well as fried rice and a variety of ceviches. There's even a separate, health-centered menu for kids, which lets youngsters get much-needed nourishment by eating organic goodies instead of deep-fried flashcards.
Nearly thirty years ago, Jim Mellody set out to create the pub of his dreams. A family-friendly vibe. An abundance of TVs, with sports on every one. Burgers, wings, beers. With this idyllic setting in mind, he and wife Jeanette created Beef 'O' Brady's, a sports bar that more than lives up to Jim's vision. Beef's, as the pub's regulars quickly took to calling it, serves up plenty of what its name suggests. Angus burgers, reubens, steak burritos, and the roast beef garlic melt take starring roles on a lengthy menu, complementing chicken wings tossed in dry-rub or coated in one of 12 sauces. As guests dig into hearty feasts of pub food, they can watch sporting events that zip in through the restaurant's satellite dishes or break out spontaneously in the kitchen. A tribute to Jim's love of sports, pro memorabilia lines the walls, and in keeping with the Irish theme, an Irish blessing is featured on every menu, offering good fortune to all who visit.