So successful were the three original Lamppost Pizza establishments that the eatery has grown to 37 locations since its inception in 1976. Friendliness and fun unite with the pizzeria's penchant for sports to make visits memorable. But as nice as big-screen TVs can be, the real magnetism of this haven for sauce and cheese lies in the pies spun in the kitchen. Beer and wine complement the menu, which also includes pastas, sandwiches, and grill fare.
Grab a bagel ring for all 12 fingers ($10.95 a dozen), or grab an individual for a baby bracelet ($1.14 per bagel). Many toppings, cream cheeses, and spreads are also available. Although Bagel Me!'s name is both direct and delicious, the menu expands beyond the realm of the round. Breakfast items such as gooey cheddar and egg melts served alongside cinnamon baked apples ($4.19) and freshly blended smoothies ($4.39) will cause smiles at sunrise. Afternoon diners can hang fangs on tri-tip steak sandwiches such as the jalapeno-pineapple pairing, loaded liberally with caramelized onions, Tillamook cheddar, and monterey jack cheese ($7.49). Or fork up a variety of starters, such as Irish nachos based in French fries and topped with bacon, onions, cheddar and jack cheeses, and lucky wishes ($5.79).
At first glance, South Coast Pizza Parlors might look like an ordinary family pizza joint. The requisite video and redemption games chirp and ring near the entrance. Six big-screen televisions flicker with sporting events. But the difference is in the pizza--the kitchen crew crafts dough and sauce fresh every single day, drizzling pies with classic toppings such as green peppers and pepperoni, as well as more non-traditional options including vegan cheese and soy chorizo.
Bari’s Pasta in Santa Anna specializes in wholesome Italian food, with a specific emphasis on pasta. Specialties include the meat or veggie baked lasagna, the rigatoni, and the spaghetti with meatballs. That last one deserves some extra recognition with its chunky, slow-cooked marinara sauce and its deliciously seasoned homemade meatballs. Those looking for a fancier taste are encouraged to try the Chicken Delight: grilled chicken and onions coated liberally with homemade garlic sauce and slices of grilled tomatoes to top it all off. Serving sizes are extremely generous at Bari’s; people with a lighter stomach might end up taking leftovers home.
A new tradition unique to Southern California! O’s began in 2012, and has been going strong since. An Italian kitchen with American flavor, O’s menu includes a wide variety of popular dishes. Starters include bruschetta, red pepper hummus, and their homemade breadsticks. Don’t feel like cooking tonight? Give them a call over at O’s and they’ll set you up with a dinner large enough to feed two to six people! Dinners are a combination of baby back ribs, pasta with your choice of sauce, large pizzas, and whole roasted chicken. Arguing over barbecue versus Italian? Go to O’s American Kitchen and no one will be disappointed!
Established in 1954 in a remodeled grocery store in Sacramento, California, Shakey’s Pizza has been a dining institution for sixty years and has delighted young and old alike with delicious pizza that has earned it the moniker, “World’s Greatest Pizza”. The Santa Ana location of Shakey’s Pizza continues this great tradition with Shakey’s signature pies, sandwiches, subs and the world-famous Mojo potatoes. Oh, and don’t forget the drinks to wash it all down. Dine in, carry out, or have them deliver. Either way, you’ll be coming back again and again to experience the food that made Shakey’s Pizza a household name.