When people say Watson Drugs and Soda Fountain has a checkered history, they?re talking about the ever-present tablecloths, which flaunt cheery red-and-white squares that whisk diners back to the 1950s. Here in the more than a century-old establishment, cooks still stack pancakes higher than the Statue of Liberty?s beehive hairdo as kids ogle retro candies such as Necco wafers, Sweethearts, and Clark bars. Come lunchtime, half-pound burgers sizzle on the grill, alongside toppings such as bacon and mushrooms.
Near a vintage Pepsi-Cola sign, soda jerks uncap bottles of root beer and scoop banana floats into glass boats en route to white leather booths or a sunny outdoor patio. The shop also summons nostalgia with its shiny jukebox, vintage postcards, and iconic storefront, which has been featured in films, commercials, and PSAs for time travelers.
In order to open Kaffa!, the Kim family decided their first requirement was to create the ideal cup of coffee. Hours of experimentation and a decade of business later, they've found several approaches to this goal. For one, they never let drip coffee sit?every 60 minutes, they pour out the old batch and brew a new one from freshly ground, micro-roasted beans. Cups of joe are also available in pour-over and french-press styles for an ultra-pure taste, and their iced coffee is cold brewed to bring out a strong flavor with little bitterness. As far as espresso, the coffee shop serves theirs in a short-pull ristretto style, which brews a bolder, fuller liquid with less water than standard espresso. These techniques beget a range of specialty drinks, such as lattes and mochas flavored with Monin syrup and topped with artistic froth designs, and iced coffee beverages blended with mint and crushed Oreos. To pair with drinks, the staff crafts a range of paninis and salads that contain more vegetables than the evidence locker from Peter Rabbit's trial.
Mary and Bruce took the reins at ABC Cake Decorating Shoppe and Bakery a little more than a decade ago; however, the bakery and shop has been dishing out tasty baked treats for more than 50 years. The bakers craft cupcakes, cookies, desserts, and custom cakes for all occasions, with more than 10 cake flavors that include banana, carrot, lemon, and red velvet. They supplement these with 25 filling options, including cream, mousse, fruit, and other fillings. The teaching studio holds regular classes for chefs of all levels, in subjects ranging from cake decorating and chocolate 101 to gingerbread-house decorating and cookie baking.
Every family has its secrets. Some have a member with a mysterious past. Others guard the location of a private family tomb, or a private candy store disguised as a family tomb. The Learakos family?s secret is barbecue: using a recipe handed down through generations, they?ve slow-roasted countless slabs of beef, pork, and steak. Though they won?t divulge their barbecue?s particulars, they?re more than happy to share its flavor at their restaurant, Katella Grill.
The Learakos family serves this smoky southern treat alongside dishes representing the spectrum of American cuisine developed over 80 years through four generations. He takes customers on a culinary road trip with California-style tilapia, southwestern chicken, Cajun meatloaf, and USDA Choice midwestern steaks. For a sweet finish to meals, staff prepare housemade pies and old-fashioned malted milk shakes complete with matching poodle skirts. They also pour locally roasted coffees, local craft beer and California wines.
Located less than two miles from Angel Stadium of Anaheim, patrons who show same-day ticket stubs receive a free menu item. Outside of supporting local baseball, the community-conscious restaurant has backed events such as Food Recovery efforts in Orange County, local school fundraisers, and hospitality education.
Although it now has more than 430 locations in 28 countries, Hooters wasn’t always welcomed by the public. In fact, when it opened in October 1983 in Clearwater, Florida, the founders of the restaurant were “quickly detained for impersonating restaurateurs,” according to the company's website. But the restaurant was able to prove it was more than just a pretty face—that it was serious about serving tasty American food and frosty brews—and its popularity exploded in the decades to follow.
Amid its beach-themed vibe and flat-screen TVs, Hooters still fuels appetites with original chicken wings, burgers, sandwiches, and fresh salads. Of course, nobody carries those casual eats and icy pitchers better than the Hooters girls. To complement their friendly smiles, their uniforms harken back to the ones the original waitresses wore in 1983: orange hot shorts and white tank tops with the emblematic owl on the front—though that owl has lost its Lionel Richie perm.
Any American-style neighborhood bakery that?s been open for nearly half a century is likely to have a signature treat, and at French?s Pastry Bakery, it?s the wagon wheel. The oversize danish is layered with a standard smear of cream cheese, then sweetened with a combination of fresh fruit, such as apricot or cinnamon apple. Other breakfast items include coffeecakes and muffins in flavors such as cranberry orange or honey bran. Of course, like the best dentist offices, there are desserts as well. Customers can take home whole pies or custom cakes made with real whipped cream or buttercream. Fresh banana filling tucks into chocolate cake, and ganache icing tops a cake layered with raspberry Bavarian cream. The Costa Mesa location bakes fresh bread on-location and uses it to serve up a variety of sandwiches. Each location has their own staff of bakers, so all items are baked fresh on-site.