When naming their restaurant, the Iglesias family wanted find a moniker that reflected their bold take on traditional Mexican cuisine. What they found was “adelitas,” a historical term used to describe females who served as soldiers, cooks, and nurses during the Mexican Revolution.
Though their menu brims with innovative dishes such as fried pork chops marinated in tamarind sauce, they also serve traditional plates such as carnitas Don Julio. The roasted pork dish is served with tortillas and a secret sauce whose recipe is protected by a force field surrounding the kitchen.
Aubergine Cafe’s cups, glasses, and mugs hold everything from spiced tea to wine, beer to espresso, and hot chocolate to coffee made from fair trade Arabica beans. The food menu, though, is delightfully predictable: European bistro dishes of prosciutto and mozzarella paninis and smoked-salmon sandwiches share space with cobb salads and homemade vegetarian chili. When the numbers on your digital watch align to read “breakfast”, dig into a belgian waffle topped with fruit and scoops of ice cream delivered by "the friendliest staff anyone could ask for," according to Shecky's.
The Himalayas are known not just for their towering peaks, but also for the rich cultures that have grown in their shadow. The all-Himalayan culinary team at Himalayan Yak Restaurant re-creates the best dishes picked from Tibetan, Nepalese, Bhutanese, and Indian cuisines. Their menu is subdivided by region and organized to indicate which dishes are vegetarian, letting chefs highlight classic dishes such as spice-laden chicken chili or exotic yak tongue sautéed in garlic and ginger and served with Tibetan bhaley bread. Most of the dishes can be customized with a choice of meat—including goat and buffalo—or vegetables. A live band plays traditional Himalayan tunes as diners dig into their meals, creating an atmosphere that mimics the serenity of the highest mountain peaks or the feeling of meditating at the top of several glued-together zen gardens.
There's a magical quality to the back patio at Bungalow 31 Bar & Grill. Sheer curtains and walls of ivy hang from the trellised ceiling of a private cabana, offering a bit of seclusion that is both mysterious and romantic. Inside this shaded area, couples meet up for drinks in the hot summer heat and friends dine on Dominican favorites such as stuffed eggplant and garlic fish. Beyond the cabana, guests sip on cold cocktails underneath giant umbrellas that protect them from the sun and Big Brother's stealth helicopters hovering overhead. And hookah smoke winds its way through Bungalow 31 until 4 a.m.
Though the bakers at Starry Bakery & Caf? can expertly make cakes and pastries fit for any celebration, sweets aren't their specialty. Instead, they focus on both sweet and savory baked goods. Inspiration comes from French and Japanese cuisines, as you can see from their varied menu, which includes red velvet cupcakes, Portuguese egg tart, and savory pork buns.
They craft these culinary works of art for both in-store consumption and catered events. Among their confections are kid-friendly treats such as buns with panda-bear faces made out of chocolate frosting and cakes sculpted to look like beloved cartoon characters. These themed confections help ensure smiles during birthday parties or afternoons when kids need a pick-me-up after a long day of chasing their shadows.