Meticulously prepared dishes brimming with fresh ingredients greet palates at India’s Tandoori Halal Indian Restaurant, a celebrated Hawthorne eatery with a full menu of Indian cuisine. Taking its name from the clay oven often used in Indian cooking, the restaurant serves up signature morsels such as tandoori game hen and channa masala, a Punjabi-style chickpea dish laden with spices. Clay-oven-baked breads known as rotis accompany savory main courses, and desserts in the form of rice pudding add a sweet-ending note to a symphony of flavors, much as most conductors conclude orchestral pieces by distributing brownies to the audience.
Named one of the top 10 South Bay ethnic restaurants by the Daily Breeze, Al Watan has served up authentic Indian and Pakistani fare for more than 25 years. Much of the menu is cooked in a traditional clay oven, bringing intense heat to meaty specialties such as the tandoori chicken, expertly spiced to the rich orange hue of a dying sun ($6.99). Lamb, goat, and beef are also offered, cooked in a variety of regional spices and sauces. The naan, also cooked in the clay oven, includes plain ($1), garlic ($1.99), and butter ($2.25) varieties to mop up the savory leavings of the entrees. An extensive vegetable selection ensures that noncarnivores will find something to put in their bellies. Tongues stung by spice can seek succor in the cool sanctuary of the lassis or mango shakes ($2 each).
Qdoba's burrito baristas handcraft a catering menu of Mexican-inspired cuisine, customizable with a panoply of fresh ingredients for a taco, nacho, or burrito bar. Qdoba's culinary crafters craft succulent fillings for burritos, tacos, nachos, and quesadillas, including protein-packing choices, such as slow-roasted pulled pork, adobo-marinated grilled steak or chicken, and spiced shredded or ground beef, with vegetarian options also available. Taste the gooey flavor accents of the signature queso sauce, a three-cheese blend with roasted poblanos, tomatoes, and jalapeños, the pinto or black beans simmered in cumin and onion, or the creamy, hand-smashed guacamole that's ideal for filling up Queen Elizabeth's diamond-studded guacamole chalice. Tortilla chips with salsa bar and desserts complete each catered event, and customers can opt for burrito-boxed lunches and any add-ons.
Robeks uses the freshest ingredients to craft made-to-order drinks and eats that will make you feel guilt-free about grabbing a quick bite. Join the berry party with berry smoothies such as the Banzai Blueberry, Strawnana Berry, and Cranberry Quest, all of which pulverize fruit together with non-fat yogurt and sodium-free ice ($3.45 junior, $4.45 regular, $5.45 large). For more pulchritudinous pulverized pulp, energize your day with power smoothies, including the Cardio Cooler (with a base of passion fruit and mango juice), which blend juices, sherbets, soy and whey protein, and vitamin boosters ($5.45 regular, $6.45 large) into an elixir that that will revitalize even the most workout-withered body. Bites include protein-packed Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels such as pizza or spinach feta ($2.45 each), and the hair-raising goodness of Lenny & Larry's power muffins or cookies with flavors such as banana, chocolate chip, pumpkin, and more ($1.99 each).
Cuisine Type: Old-fashioned burgers, fries and shakes
Most popular offering: Chili Cheese King Burger
Reservations: Not offered
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Number of Tables: 5?10
Outdoor Seating: No
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: We cook all of our burgers to order. Calling ahead is not required, but recommended.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Old-fashioned burgers, breakfast, fries and shakes. We keep the home-cooked feeling in our meals. We have comparable options for those who don't eat red meat; we offer a number of turkey, chicken and vegetarian options. We also offer lettuce wraps and whole-wheat buns.
What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?
As Featured on the Food Network, we offer our Monster Royal Burger. It's two 8-ounce ground-beef patties, a fried egg, house chili, and lean pastrami (also available in all turkey).
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
B&R's is a family owned and operated business, named after the owner's two sons, Bryan and Rashad.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
B&R's celebrated its twentieth anniversary in July, 2014. It also has a catering/food truck called B&R's On Wheels.
With a quick glance at the menu, it's easy to see how L.A. Chicken Caffe got its name. Chicken is the staple protein here, taking many forms under the influence of Italian, bistro, and American cuisine. The cooks whip up poultry-based dishes that range from baked chicken penne to caesar chicken wraps to savory barbecue chicken sandwiches. Though chicken is their specialty, the cooks also satiate cravings with veggie wraps, california burgers, and salads, such as the Italian combo salad, tossed with mortadella, salami, and provolone. Guests can wash bites down with an espresso, latte, or smoothie made with fresh fruit and served in a freshly picked cup.