Kalinka Russian Tea House celebrates the hearty flavors of Russian cuisine with authentic dishes of meaty dumplings, thin blinchiki pancakes, and wholesome soups and stews. Traditional Russian fare combines the earthy vegetables and savory cutlets of Slavic peasant cooking with the gentry's delicate French-influenced salads, desserts, and forks that won't work unless the pinky is pointed skyward. Eurasian feasts flourish when complemented with glassfuls of rye-based kvass imported from Russia, earthy cups of Turkish coffee, or fresh tea steeped in an authentic samovar.
For centuries, smoking hookah in a caf? has been a way to relax among friends. Lux Cafe & Hookah Lounge adds a touch of refinery to this experience. Dim lighting punctuated by a rim of neon on the ceiling shrouds the room in hushed ambiance, and a music-video DJ projects audiovisual collages onto the lounge?s wall. Seated at sofas, love seats, and magical toadstools around low tables, hookah smokers puff on Starbuzz tobacco flavors ranging from blackberry and tangerine dream to fuzzy naval.
Cuisine Type: Mediterranean-Persian fusion
Reservations: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25?50
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Kebabs, hummus, fresh laffa bread, hookah
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: Weekend evenings [there's a] live DJ, therefore after 9 p.m. there is a crowd. Hookah is served only after 6 p.m.
This past March, Passion Cafe & Lounge got a new owner and a new a chef. Educated at the Culinary Institute, Chef Josh uses his classical training to fuse Mediterranean and Persian influences into a single extensive menu. His specialties include beef schnitzel, hand-breaded filets of meat served over basmati rice, and the simple yet delicious tomato and egg shakshuka, two poached eggs in a hearty tomato-vegetable sauce flavored with garlic, onions, and saffron tea, and ingredient normally only found in cups of hot water and recently pranked hot springs.
Western Bagel has captured local tongues and breadbaskets since first exporting its circular treats to the bagel-barren West Coast 63 years ago. The freshly baked dough-discs cover a wide range of flavors and styles. Recruit a seasoned trio of sesame, poppy seed, and everything varieties from the stable of original recipes and erect a fort by spackling them with rich cream cheese. Meanwhile, each of the six alternative selections, all nearly fat-free and 110 calories, pack a flavorful punch without fostering paunch.
Armed with simple seasonings of sea salt and extra-virgin olive oil to let fresh ingredients shine on their own, the chefs at Nuts ‘n Berries decorate the menu with fresh breakfast and lunch dishes made from mostly organic components. Silence morning hunger pangs with a toasty breakfast burrito that tightly cuddles eggs, bacon, sausage, and hash browns ($5.95) so no ingredient can escape and spoil the end of Citizen Kane for anyone else. Afternoon appetites can lounge at the shiny window-side bar with the Nuts ‘n Berries trail mix ($2.50–$4.95) or out on the shaded patio while indulging in the veggie toss salad, which balances the bright flavors of fresh spinach, mandarin oranges, and edamame ($8.50). Whatever the day’s agenda, indulge in liquid strength with a Green Machine smoothie crafted from blended spinach, banana, mint, and the eatery’s secret stash of four-leaf clovers ($4.95).
A one of a kind Persian Restaurant. Authentic, fresh persian cuisines including chicken, lamb, shish, barg kabobs also various Khoreshts (stews). Inside seating also has grills in the center of the tables for "do it yourself" cooking (Del o Jigiar). Outside patio has 6 one of a kind persian beds for eating and smoking hooka