Garden Square Restaurant & Pies' professional palate-pleasers dish out a menu of traditional American fare fused with the culinary customs of south-of-the-border spatulas. Jump-start the morning gold rush with the California omelet ($8.29), a zesty egg cocoon teeming with ortega chilies, avocado, and jack cheese alongside a dollop of homemade salsa, or fuel up for a long day at the butter churn with the ultimate breakfast, a protein-rich force of eggs, ham, bacon, and sausage patrolling a platter of hash browns and toast ($10.59). Erstwhile East Coasters can enjoy the tasty triumvirate of roast beef, grilled onions, and peppers in the philly cheese ($8.79), and herbivores can opt for the vegetarian focaccia ($6.69), a harvest of avocado, tomato, onions, crop-duster debris, and cucumbers.
High ceilings, stone columns, and place settings accented by crimson napkins lend Chaffey's Restaurant an ambiance that's upscale yet leisurely and relaxed. Chef Martin prepares American cuisine in the bistro's kitchen, starting groups off with plates of crisp calamari or pan-seared salmon cakes and commencing dinners with tarragon-soy-glazed salmon or tender filet mignon stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped in bacon. Nearby, a bartender fills wineglasses and mixes cocktails.
An homage to its Salvadoran roots, Salpicon Salvadoran Restaurant takes its name from salpicón, a Central American dish made with minced beef, radishes, mint, and lemon. Visitors dine on this traditional meal, as well as plates of savory grilled steak and plump burritos. There's even an entire section of the menu dedicated to toasty masa pupusas, which can be stuffed with cheese, mushroom, pork, or loroco flower.
At Cowboy Burger's & BBQ, cooks grill freshly sculpted burger patties to order and top them with savory toppings such as shaved pastrami. Diners can pair these meaty entrees with onion rings and zucchini fried in 0% trans-fat oil or stop by in the morning to fuel up with pancakes, omelets, and breakfast burritos.
The Dinner Detective's renowned troupe of talented actors engages audiences with an evening of laughs, intrigue, and suspense as mock murder accompanies a four-course meal where everyone in attendance is a suspect. A dressed-down cast of professional Hollywood- and Chicago-trained sleuths circulates through the crowd, sniffing out phony alibis and asking the hard questions to solve the mystery of each whodunit. Before the night is over, the fictional criminal is cuffed and the most accurately detecting diner takes home a prize package. The Dinner Detective leases out its gumshoes to clean up crime during private events such as fundraisers, family reunions, or embezzlement hearings. The thespians have sharpened their entertaining chops by performing for such Fortune 500 companies as Universal Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering.
Indian cuisine is famously complex, but diners at Koyla Indian Restaurant get at least a peek at how it's prepared. The restaurant's signature cooking method is right in the name—koyla means "coal"—and chefs use its heat in full view within an open kitchen. Cinnamon and cloves, garlic and saffron fill the air as marinated chicken, shrimp, and goat simmer and sizzle. Although grounded in the cuisine of Northern India, founder Deep Singh and his chefs demonstrate a strong taste for experimentation. That's evident in the large menu's Indo-Chinese section, which holds hybrids such as chili paneer—the traditional Indian cheese spiked with house-made chili sauce. Pesto chicken and calamari masala reflect Singh's time as the proprietor of a small Italian cafe.
A mural of an especially cuddly-looking Taj Mahal brightens one wall of Koyla's softly-lit dining room. The motif continues as painted chili peppers wind around the room behind an ample buffet, served alongside champagne on the weekends.