Eclectic Wine Bar & Grille pairs entree searchers with the ideal meal for their culinary crosshairs, using a vast menu as the appetizing ammo. Mealtime starters include the popular tuna tartare ($14), with hand-cut ahi tuna mixed with avocado, cilantro, and scallions. Pasta-art students with a degree in linguine engineering can create their own dish by adding Cajun chicken ($5), smoked salmon ($7), goat cheese ($4), and more to Eclectic's pasta offerings ($12+). Pizzas, sandwiches, and seafood selections such as the grilled salmon ($21) round out the list of entrees that, when stacked atop each other, would be taller than a gaggle of Yao Mings.
Within a whitewashed façade with castle-like turrets, chefs at Le Petit Chateau craft rustic dishes reminiscent of French countryside fare. Traditional sauces such as béarnaise and velouté coat seafood and steak as diners start meals with hors d'oeuvres of foie gras and escargot. Whether couples savor a glass of hand-selected wine at the bar or share a chocolate soufflé for two in a booth, Le Petit Chateau's cultivates a romantic atmosphere without the need to vaporize a box of love letters.
Traces of Californian sunshine emanate from breakfast plates and lunch sandwiches crafted with seasonal, organic, and free-range ingredients by the artisanal chefs at Charlie's Pantry. An all-day breakfast menu treats early birds and late risers to gourmet dishes such as Tuscan-style eggs dappled with organic spinach and roasted garlic. The panoply of lunchtime options includes 19 signature sandwiches that compile ingredients such as marinated chicken, Italian-style cold cuts, and heirloom tomatoes in edible monuments to organic farming. An unassuming interior features white walls, polished concrete floors, and a simple picnic table at which patrons can dine with friends or challenge nemeses to salad speed-eating contests.
Diners at Kings Road Cafe chow down on breakfasts served all day, sipping coffee roasted on the premises while picking the choicest eggy plates and gourmet sandwiches from a voluminous menu. A spinach-and-goat-cheese omelet bolstered by avocado and cremini mushrooms ($10.50) leads the vanguard of any formidable breakfast and a steamy cup of coffee ($2.25) or a latte ($3.25) drown lingering sleepiness in a wave of caffeine. Sitting in shaded outdoor seats, lunchers can sink their teeth into smoked turkey paninis ($9.95), Angus Beef Natural cheeseburgers ($10.95), or Rosarito Beach tacos ($9.95) stuffed with your choice of shrimp, grilled fish, lobster, or tanning lotion.
Customers can slam their days into gear at 7 a.m. (8 a.m. Sundays) by examining the menu’s extensive breakfast options, which include savory choices such as the sausage omelette—a gourmet chicken-sausage-infused turbocharger for belly engines that features sautéed onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes and is served with homefries and toast ($9.50). Try a breakfast special such as the New York steak and eggs ($11.95), or sample a stack of the café’s trademark banana pancakes ($7 for two, $8.50 for four). Those who would rather lunch can opt for a bacon cheeseburger with a choice of sides ($8.95) or a plate of meatloaf embellished with mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, and garlic toast ($8.95).
The friendly squad behind the cozy Watercress A Café believes that behind every vivacious flavor lies fresh ingredients, a commitment to quality, and possibly a shadow, depending on the location of the sun. The breakfast and lunch menu is filled with a wide array of organic and healthy options, as well as daily specials that rotate with the ceremonial dance of the seasons. Early risers can awaken to the loving caress of the chorizo scramble ($9.25), which infuses the gentle embrace of organic eggs, or the homemade banana-nut bread ($4.25), which arrives surrounded with butter and your choice of soothing jams and jam bands.