A line winds out the door of this cookie parlor, testament to the popularity of its made-from-scratch cookies and build-your-own ice-cream sandwiches. The latter is totally customizable—from the choice of chocolate chip, peanut butter, or sugar cinnamon cookies to sandwiched scoops of Dreyers ice cream.
Novel Cafe puts an elegant twist on the café experience—the tastes are always sophisticated, organic, and internationally inspired. Crisp salads arrive topped with grilled chicken and candied walnuts or roasted beets and goat cheese. Wraps are rolled with black beans and housemade pico de gallo or seared ahi tuna and wasabi spread. Some locations even serve dinner entrees, including roasted duck and rib-eye steaks, as well as microbrews and imported beers on tap. Espresso drinks, freshly squeezed juices, and organic, imported coffee and tea are on hand, too, to complement the eclectic flavors.
Farm-fresh fare isn’t what one might expect to eat in one of the nation’s largest cities, but that’s what Chef Richard Hodge at Blvd 16 knows best. While working as an executive chef in the Bay Area, he developed a strong sense of environmental responsibility, creating food from sustainable ingredients. Hodge brings all of that knowledge to Blvd 16, where guests flock for meals all day long. Breakfast kicks off with his California burrito, which is stuffed with hash browns, scrambled eggs, and avocado. Brunch sings a similar tune, though hearty salads and $1 mimosa refills join the mix. At dinnertime, Hodge fills plates with robust main courses, such as duck drizzled in pink-peppercorn vinaigrette and steak frites with thick-cut paprika fries. Because he relies on farm-sourced ingredients, Hodge sometimes has to substitute menu items or talk down the cans of Cheez Whiz that occasionally picket outside the restaurant.
High-backed tufted booths wrap around linen-draped tables dimly illuminated by flicking candles. Byblos Mediterranean Restaurant's cool blue glow—accented by vibrant green lights—creates a modern atmosphere where guests can nosh on made-from-scratch Lebanese dishes filled with premium meats and fresh vegetables.
During regularly scheduled dinner shows that feature live entertainment, diners sate their appetites with pizza-like pitazzas, marinated kebabs, and multi-person platters. The restaurant also loosens up post-meal with late-night DJs, bands, and belly dancers who spend daylight hours as pumpkins.
WLA Grill Cafe's vast menu spans many regional cuisines, from traditional American breakfast fare to Middle Eastern entrees. The café serves breakfast all day, so diners can feast on omelets, pancakes, and breakfast pizzas at midnight, and the kitchen's grill fires up beef koobideh and lamb shanks for dinner or lunch.