Rather than engraving offerings in a block of unforgiving granite as most restaurants do, Happy Trails Catering keeps eaters on their phalanges with a weekly rotating menu of fresh, eclectic entrees, sandwiches, and salads. Previous patrons have enjoyed delicate quiches (tomato, basil, and parmesan or roasted vegetables and goat cheese, $9.50), hearty lasagnas (basil pesto or beef and marinara, $9.50), and a delectable meatloaf sandwich on ciabatta ($9.50). Mindful masticators wishing to achieve a Zenlike meat-and-bread balance can indulge in gourmet sandwiches ($8.50) such as the Nordic sage-roasted turkey breast with lingonberry cream cheese and caper mayonnaise or the herbivore-friendly roasted vegetable with lemon-dill mayonnaise and provolone cheese.
For over 30 years, Kilroy's Sandwich Factory has delivered hot entrees, sandwiches, salads, and boxed lunches—all made from scratch—to events, parties, and a sprawling list of clients. House-baked breads house toppings such as turkey, ham, or roast beef to create personal sandwiches or massive 6-foot subs. Other options include hot entrees such as carne asada, lasagna, and tilapia, and cheese, meat, or vegetable platters.
Served in the kingly confines of its facility near the shore of Lake Alhambra, Almansor Court's feasts treat revelers to a welcome royal regimen of freshly formed eats. Normally known for housing festive private receptions, Almansor Court throws open the doors of its well-appointed banquet hall for its all-encompassing Sunday champagne brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., serving public palates without the pretense of invitations or fancy tongue-size tuxedos.
Staffers at Original Kabob Factory marinate grain-fed, hormone-free meats according to recipes passed on from a famed Armenian butcher. The resulting menu contains more than 30 chicken, pork, or beef kabobs and wraps, each of which cooks can embellish with whimsically named signature sauces such as "Swag-Delish," "Aaahhh Yyyeeeaaa," and "Drop it Like it's Hot." In the modern but casual dining room, diners lounge at polished-steel tables beneath bold pop-art prints. Patrons can also opt to take home raw bulk meats for backyard grilling or rewarding the dog for learning to file taxes.
The Spot offers gourmet grub on the go, like a phalanx of soldiers catapulting pâté into enemy forts. Its menu of tantalizing takeout includes appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts for a variety of palettes and preferences. Enjoy a dozen mushroom pot stickers with spicy Thai sauce ($9) or swirl a whirlpool into a quart of The Spot's artichoke dip with tortilla chips ($13). The Spot serves up home-style family pleasers such as quarter tins of meat lasagna ($14), vegetable lasagna ($10), and wild-mushroom lasagna ($12), as well as beef enchiladas ($2 each), meatloaf ($14), and succulent pesto-crushed salmon ($8 for a 5-ounce piece). Cap off your meal with The Spot's bread pudding with whiskey sauce ($9), sized for splitting between two or three diners. If you've already got your everyday meals covered, you can put the value of your Groupon toward a custom catered dinner party, X-Files fan-fiction recitation, or your next Blogging About Clogging club meeting.
With pewter chandeliers, high ceilings, and crisp white booths and tablecloths, Opera establishes its sense of style before patrons even sit down. The space blends ultra-modern sensibilities with a tinge of old-world flair, hinting at an eclecticism that also informs the menu. Here, lunches and dinners can be inventive or familiar; casual or meticulous; served on a plate or served trailing behind a paper airplane flung from the kitchen. Cooks can do everything from prepare a simple spaghetti with homemade meatballs to elevate pan-fried sole with nut butter, field mushrooms, and freshly squeezed lemon juice. And they don't just stick to Italian cuisine, either?they also prepare Spanish paella and even gourmet tacos. This diverse approach applies to the dessert menu, as well. Customers can conclude their meal with the likes of classic American apple pie, Italian tiramisu, English bread pudding, or French cr?me br?l?e.