Leonor's has been preparing meat-free Mexican food for nearly 30 years, and the current menu is modeled after the soy-dense Forever Young diet. Dishes include a traditional Mexican selection of burritos, tacos, and quesadillas with the restaurant's unique vegetarian and vegan spins. Some of those are on display in the Buffalo Bill burrito, that's packed with brown rice, steamed pinto beans, avocado, soy cheese, and veggies in a whole-wheat tortilla.
Though Leonor's is rooted in Mexican food, there are other culinary influences present as well: the spaghetti dinner entangles soy meatballs with whole-wheat noodles and the soy hamburger is topped with a leafy crown of lettuce and alfalfa sprouts. Stone-ground whole-wheat pizzas carry their own surprises—molasses and honey are infused into the dough—and can be customized with toppings such as cilantro, avocado, and tinier pizzas.
A pleasing jumble of bright warm colors welcomes patrons as they enter Salsa and Beer, where the kitchen turns out myriad Mexican favorites. Bean dip and salsa—always complimentary—flow freely with chips, and the chefs integrate housemade red and green sauces into tacos, burritos, and enchiladas. A huge sun painted on the ceiling watches down on patrons as they eat on painted tables, slicing into deep-fried chimichangas or chipotle-chicken flautas. Hues of lime green, pink, and orange occupy the walls and window paintings in the dining room, and a patio in the front is separated from the street by sculpted wooden barriers, whether in the shape of cacti or a wide sun.
Though you'll find an array of lunch selections on the menu at Coffee Land, the shop pays most of its focus on two meals: breakfast and dessert. The staff begins each morning by setting up displays full of sweet pastries and fresh fruit, and by blending caffeinated drinks such as iced coffee and cappuccinos, along with more exotic options such as thai tea and boba smoothies. As the day heats up, they begin crafting sweeter options. Scoops of ice cream perch atop waffle cones, and whipped cream and chocolate syrup drench slices of banana and rich ice cream. Guests can linger over their treats at one of the intimate tables in the cherry-colored cafe, using the free WiFi to get some work done or build a website for their turkey sandwich.
When you're in the mood for sushi, Chiba, in North Hollywood, is the place to visit. Chiba's second generation chef was sent by his family to Japan to learn the craft. Guests rave about Chiba's Spicy Tuna Salad, Lobster Tempura, Toro Sashimi, Albacore Tuna, Butter Yaki, and Sake, all made from the highest quality and freshest ingredients. Highly recommended by visitors, Chiba Japanese Restaurant is a must-try. The warm and wise staff at Chiba is always happy to help you make selections from their generous menu. With the option of take out, you can even enjoy Chiba from the comfort of your couch.
After a decade spent living in Los Angeles with nary a morsel of Puerto Rican food, Mofongos Restaurant's owner and chef decided to change the city's culinary landscape with plantains, chicken stew, and seafood lauded by the Los Angeles Times. The eatery takes its name from its mofongos—smashed green plantains stuffed with garlic and savory meats such as steak, pork-shoulder roast, crab, and chicken—a dish deemed “glorious” and a “truly magical configuration” by the LA Times and “food!” by others. Mofongos also prides itself on being the county's sole purveyor of a full Puerto Rican menu.