At Sura Korean BBQ & Tofu, meat and tofu put aside their differences in the name of cooperating to create savory Korean feasts. Bulgogi—sliced beef marinated in 12 flavorful ingredients—stars in many dishes, from japche rice-paper wraps to custom-made bibimbap served in a hot stone pot. Instead of sculpting faux turkeys from vatfuls of guacamole, vegans can build feasts from meat-free dishes such as tofu soup and sushi-like kimchi kimbap. The restaurant's popular korean tacos encourage meats and greens to hang out together, housing combinations of bulgogi, pork, chicken, veggies, or tofu. Outdoor seating invites patrons to dine amid verdant plants, whereas comfy indoor booths honor nature with sunny lights and bamboo wall coverings.
At first glance, Berlin looks like a simple (albeit chic) coffee shop. And while coffee is a big part of their identity, the bistro-style cafe boasts an extensive seven-page menu that carries patrons from breakfast all the way through to dinner and drinks. Chef Michelle Murufas’s seasonal selections are made from local ingredients; by day, diners can order a Mykonos omelet with artichoke hearts and feta, and for dinner, linger over shrimp and mango quesadillas or yellow chicken curry. Beyond the fresh-brewed illy coffee, servers also pour wines such as an oak-aged pinot noir and craft beers including Iceland’s Einstock White Ale. In a handsome dining room built from reclaimed brick and wood, musicians strum live music while surrounded by local artwork.
It's not just the vegan and vegetarian fare that bring people into Ahimsa Vegan Cafe. It's also the atmosphere. Guests lounge on couches, or play board games between slices of cherry pie. The interior of the dishes are just as cheery as the dining room. Chefs eschew animal products for faux meats and locally produced, organic ingredients. For folks who'd like to quaff their nutrients, the cafe keeps a raw juice bar that turns fresh veggies into delightful fresh juices.
With a bar, restaurant, and event space inspired by classic Italian design, Bliss 525 swathes guests in an upscale atmosphere. Arched doorways inside the facility open onto a floating staircase and dining tables with high-backed chairs. At mealtime, plates fill with hearty but healthy Californian fare such as Caribbean pasta, braised short ribs, and bruchetta stuffed chicken.
Each week, Bliss 525 hosts blues, jazz, rock, and soul musicians inside the bar. Guests can pair the melodic notes and tinted hues of sunset on the outdoor patio with selections from Bliss 525's full bar of fine wines, tap beers, and fresh-squeezed cocktails.
Just a block west of Ocean Boulevard, there's a casual Cuban café, where Ropa Vieja sandwiches and fresh coconut smoothies saunter out onto a patio, finding a shady spot beneath a big umbrella. Above the open doors, the sign reads 'Tropicalata Cuban Café,' leading inside, where a menu of Cuban classics is served alongside authentic Cuban-style espresso, pastries, and the occasional under-the-table cigar.
The staff at Revive Juice Bar wants to make juice everyone's favorite food. Their cold-press juicer extracts liquid from fruit without heat or friction, so the juice retains its nutrients longer. Juices are squeezed fresh upon ordering, and even the smoothies retain fruit's precious fiber, so customers don't have to chase them with a glass of carpet. The crew also crafts juice cleanses that help rid the body of toxins and build up the immune system, culling their ingredients from pesticide-free produce.