If it's not in season, Cafe Chilingo won't serve it. The chefs are so devoted to fresh, perfectly ripe produce, that they create a new menu every week. In winter, that might include an arugula salad with pear and goat cheese, whereas spring might bring about pineapple-adorned caribbean chicken kebabs on a bed of greens. The regularly changing selection may mean diners need to stay on their toes, but it also ensures they'll get the most flavorful meal possible. Even the beverages observe the seasons—hot cocoa is available during colder weather, while sunny days and volcano eruptions bring fresh-squeezed lemonade. The café does feature a few enduring dishes, including classic and creative sandwiches such as the corned-beef reuben and the fried-alligator poboy, and always offers gluten-free and vegetarian options for those with dietary restrictions.
The chefs at Mexico Lindo dish up recipes hailing from the western Mexican state of Jalisco, while bartenders pour Mexican beers, wines, and tequilas. The menu includes saut?ed squash blossoms, grilled meats, and an array of seafood entrees. Many diners opt to end their eating experience on a sweet note, ordering up desserts of flan, tres leches cake, and sopapillas, or fried pastries.
Just as Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant's name honors the owners' oceanfront hometown in Jalisco, Mexico, the menu honors Mexico's iconic cuisine. These pages brim with favorites such as enchiladas, hefty burritos, and sputtering fajitas with marinated portions of beef, chicken, pork, or shrimp. The choices seem familiar, but there's no denying that their roots cross the International Date Line that separates California from Mexico. Mexican Coca-Cola fills glasses alongside a handful of imported beers, and the tangy crema sauces and vaguely sweet moles are all based on family recipes.
The first IHOP—the dream of founders Al and Jerry Lapin—opened in 1958 in Toluca Lake, California, and was originally dubbed the International House of Pancakes. Since then, rapid expansion has led to myriad milestones across the company's colorful history, from introducing its modern IHOP acronym in 1973 to its 1,000th restaurant opening in Layton, Utah, in 2001.
Today, the company stands strong with around 1,500 locations across North and Central America, each one an enthusiastic dispenser of pancakes, french toast, and tables constructed entirely out of bacon. Though IHOP is known as a bastion of breakfast, it also stays open during the day and into the evening, delivering lunch and dinner as well.
Pho Good relies on family recipes as they introduce Shawnee taste buds to traditional, MSG-free Vietnamese fare. Specialties include banh mi—piquant, French-inspired sandwiches that, like the Eiffel Tower, are made with whole loaves of french bread—and steaming bowls of noodle soup known as pho. Customers sprinkle the noodle- and Angus-beef-filled onion broth with handfuls of cilantro and sprouts, while bubble tea and Vietnamese coffee complement appetizers such as crispy pork spring rolls. The dishes, many spicy on their own or crowned with sriracha, can make patrons break a sweat just as effectively as a good workout or a constant fear of the sun exploding.
With "Comfort is just a spoonful away" as its motto, Pegah's Family Restaurant serves up classic comfort food from a kaleidoscopic menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. The kitchen cooks traditional American dishes, filling plates with the likes of homemade soup, pancakes, reubens, and chicken fried steaks. A red awning welcomes diners into the brightly lit space, so homelike that no one would judge you if you wanted to eat breakfast for lunch or lunch for dessert.