A self-proclaimed “T-shirt democracy,” Mother Falcon opens up the floodgates of fashion design, digitally printing t-shirts with customized art, graphics, and text. The staffers invite clients to create their own statements with a process that begins with a blank canvas. Customers can bring their own tops, or browse the shop’s selection of blank T-shirts, many of which hail from brands such as Anvil, Bella, and Next Level. Customers then bring in digital files of their own artwork, photos, haiku, or official SAT score reports. Finished pieces emerge hot from the printer in as little as 24 hours.
Houlihan’s chefs unite diners with mouth-seeking meals culled from a menu of inventive recipes produced with local and all-natural ingredients and flanked by expertly crafted cocktails. Savory lunches arrive tableside in 15 minutes or less, swiftly occupying chompers with midday delicacies such as So-Cal fish tacos with tilapia, chipotle mayo, honey-cumin dressing, and pico de gallo ($8.95–$10.95). Dinner announces its approach with sophisticated cocktail heralds including wines, martinis, and specialty mojitos in flavors such as guava, raspberry, pomegranate, and snozzberry ($6.75–$7.75). Garlic-herb cream cheese nuzzles into the center of savory chicken breasts served over gold mashed potatoes and the vegetable of the day ($15.95–$18.95), and wild mushrooms romp through a blend of cheeses within corn tortillas blanketed by smoky mozzarella sauce in the wild mushroom enchiladas ($13.95–$15.95). Crisp calamari crowns napa cabbage and banana in the University Boulevard location's popular calamari salad ($14.95), with an aromatic banana-ginger vinaigrette that's also sold in incense form.
At Eastside Bistro, nestled within the Fashion Square Mall, an expert culinary team crafts gourmet burgers, flatbreads, and steaks. In the kitchen, wings receive a slathering in one of eight sauces before diners chow down on them along with barbecue pulled pork sliders and pesto burgers. Shrimp stuffed with lump crab meat sates the stomach as flat-screen televisions and a billiards table appease the eyes of diners situated indoors, while an outdoor seating area accommodates those who prefer free-range oxygen. Eastside Bistro pumps up their pub fare with live music every Friday and Saturday, and its catering department preps massive platters for onsite or offsite events and luncheons.
The chefs at Vietnam Cuisine set out to make good on the restaurant’s simple and telling name, introducing taste buds to traditional Vietnamese meals such as steaming bowls of pho beef noodle soup. They also cook up savory rice vermicelli, fried-egg sub sandwiches, and meaty rice platters to further acquaint guests with the country’s cuisine without the hassle of dog paddling across the Pacific Ocean. Bartenders present tasty elixirs, pouring beer and wine next to an assortment of nonalcohoilc fruity shakes, boba teas, and Vietnamese iced coffee mixed with sweetened condensed milk. The pastry chefs show tongues what they're made of on weekends, whipping up exotic specialty desserts that put a sweet cap on feasts.
The menu at Doc’s Streetside Grille may be only two pages, but it includes a diverse selection of dishes that showcase ingredients from a variety of cuisines. Guests can soak up the pub atmosphere with beer chili served in a bowl or on cheese fries, or keep it light with an almond-crusted goat-cheese salad with fresh spinach and strawberries. A bit of Mexican flair is introduced in dishes such as seasoned mahi-mahi tacos and a taco pizza with black beans, beef, and olives. Apple barbecue sauce sweetens a half-pound burger with bacon, and for after dinner but before 10 p.m. Scrabble, serious sweet tooths can share baked brie for two, which is slathered with raspberry marmalade.
Though the menu appeals to diverse palates, Doc’s seeks to bring people together. The restaurant fosters a community of sports fans by broadcasting regular games on TV, and encourages regular visits with events such as live music and trivia.
With a full menu of rejuvenating services and a luxurious setting, Poseidon Spa patches up battered soul sacks and helps patrons unwind from the rigors of everynight life. During a Swedish massage, customers relax for 50 minutes while a professional technician kneads knotty muscles and eases tendon tension using therapeutic oils ($110). To ward off headaches and attract soothing thoughts, an exotic-spice scalp treatment freshens your follicle field with invigorating oils and plows it with a firm massage ($20). A friendly nail technician completes the spa experience with a signature pedicure, which includes buffing, filing, polishing, and conditioning to keep nails strong enough to protect toes from shoe malfunctions, as well as a caviar-infused exfoliation and a marine collagen treatment to soften and hydrate the feet ($65).