Mildred's Corner Cafe welcomes regulars and new customers alike into a world of quaint Americana, piping-hot pots of coffee, and hearty feasts of homestyle breakfast food. The café’s decor charms first-time visitors with its chrome-lined barstools, chessboard floor, and walls covered in photographs of Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, and other 1940s glamour girls. A cozy seating arrangement invites guests to settle in at a table or share laughs with old buddies and newfound friends at the diner counter. After ordering from the menu of classic dishes and innovative specials, diners dig their forks into pumpkin-infused pancakes, huevos rancheros, or southwest eggs benedict, which seats poached eggs and grilled chorizo atop a bed of crispy home fries sauteed with cactus. The beverage menu boasts 25 different flavors of loose-leaf tea and 16-ounce mugs of fresh coffee.
After their meal, patrons can stroll next door to the Old Soul Gift Shop, which memorializes visits with gifts such as vintage knickknacks and kitchenware. And true to its old-fashioned ambiance, Mildred's only accepts payment in the form of cash or barbershop-quartet routines.
At Pho Minh Ky, pho is clearly the centerpiece. The Vietnamese eatery features 18 styles of the traditional noodle soup, whose massive bowls come with garnishes of bean sprouts, fresh basil, lime, and a tiny life raft in case the spoon falls in. Of course, soup isn’t the only authentic feature here. Vermicelli, stir fried meats, and cool spring rolls round out the menu, pairing up with such unique drinks as Vietnamese espresso, egg soda, or iced and salted plum soda.
Firing up the griddles as early as 6 a.m., Le Petit Cafe’s chefs grill up smoked and cured bacon, flip chocolate flapjacks, and lightly brown three-egg omelets. They serve breakfast all day long till closing time at 2 p.m., but in between, lunchers can gnaw into specialty sandwiches such as roast beef with swiss cheese and russian dressing or warm up with a cup of chowder and a coffee.
In the modern, earth-toned dining room of Nguyen's Vietnamese Cuisine & Sushi Bar, patrons breath in the fragrant scents of pho simmering, and tender slices of Kobe beef grilling. Dishes run the gamut from traditional to inventive. A clay pot, for instance, serves as the setting for simmered salmon and braised tofu, and the beef broth pho comes with all the classic bean sprouts and herbs. Many dishes include surprising ingredients, or a flair for cultural fusion: Wagyu beef is rubbed with Vietnamese spices for the Nguyen's Burger, and all the sushi is made with brown rice. Folks can pair their entrees with a glass of wine and cap off the meal a banana wonton dessert.
Veteran executive chef, Joe Guarino of Red Rock Bistro, devised lunch, brunch, and dinner menus brimming with haute cuisine and fresh-caught seafood. Gazes wander to the restaurant's massive bay window and the expansive beachfront and picturesque skyline vistas beyond before settling on flatbread pizzas bubbling with gourmet cheeses or house-made ricotta gnocchi. Delicate sauces simmered from lemon and thyme, maple bourbon, sweet onion, and other flavors season fillets of seafood and hearty chops of steak and filet mignon. Thursday through Sunday, Red Rock celebrates life with live music, which ricochets from glasses, breaks up Super Soaker fights on the patio, and bounces out across open waters as musicians cook up the sound of blues, rock, and jazz.
The brainchild of gastromind Chef Gregg Brackman, G Bar and Kitchen incorporates Italian and French influences into its inventive dishes, all made with quality ingredients. From the spring menu, start with the beet salad, a berry-hued blend of candy-striped beets, goat cheese, and watercress bathed in lemon-olive-oil emulsion ($9). Noodle-centric dishes, such as a the local-lobster gnocchi (market price) with hand-rolled potato pillows, sherry-thyme butter, and arugula, or the risotto ($24) with shrimp, mushrooms, and truffle, will satisfy discerning professors of pasta-ology. For a main course, try the crispy-skinned and roasted chicken ($24) with mashed russets, trip, and tequila-lime buerre blanc, or the eggplant Milanese ($22) with pomodoro, béchamel, and parmesan. Side selections include goat-cheese potatoes ($6), the green du jour ($5), and creamed shallots and spinach ($5)—all ideal wingmen for entrees hitting the dietary dating scene.