Even in the morning, Clearman's Steak 'n Stein Inn takes its name seriously. The brunch menu lists five cuts that form the centerpiece for steak-and-egg platters, and the steak lover's omelet comes filled with three: filet mignon, new york strip steak, and rib eye. As for the "steins," drafts of Hefeweizen and Stella Artois begin pouring as soon as the restaurant opens.
Evening heralds the arrival of the restaurant's romantic side. A circular fireplace warms a ring of plush crimson benches, and soft, amber lighting illuminates the dark wood and brick interior and its stained-glass windows. An open charcoal fire roasts steaks, fish, and chicken for ample entrees, from the 16-oz. boneless rib eye to the Australian lobster tail dinner. Combination dinners allow guests to sample both steak and seafood without taking their backyard grill on a fishing trip. Supper ends with carefully hand-fired desserts, such as cr?me br?l?e cheesecake.
Inspired by summers spent at her family’s tea estates in Nilgiri Hills, India, Ami Bhansali founded Chai Diaries with the intention of spreading her love and knowledge of tea. To that end, she mixes fresh fruit, botanical ingredients, and organic flavoring with base teas culled from India, Sri Lanka, and China to create unique loose-leaf tea blends. Her innovative amalgamations include Cinnamon Orange Spice and Chocolate Kisses, a mélange of Indian black tea, chocolate chips, caramel bits, and chocolate and caramel flavoring.
Hot wings, New York-style pizza, and Philly steak sandwiches may be the signature foods of the east coast, but it's hard to imagine any restaurant treating them with more reverence than west-coast franchise Alondra Hot Wings. The eponymous wings are the house specialty, hot and slathered in one of 18 sauces. Ranked on a scale from mild to atomic?which requires a waiver to order?the sauces also include flavors such as lemon pepper, spicy barbecue, maple syrup, and thai chili.
Alondra's other major influence is written all over the menu?and the walls. Mug shots of famous mafiosi hang throughout the dining room, and the owners are so fascinated by the subject that their website even offers tutorials in mob history. Also from that old Italian-American milieu: pizzas built on from-scratch dough, bearing names such as The Godfather?a hearty amalgam of four meats?and the Little Italy, which flecks chicken breast with basil. Draft beer and wine help mouths cool down after biting into a hot wing or almost insulting the ghost of Al Capone.
Mediterranean Express Grill’s menu lists traditional Mediterranean dishes augmented with new flavors. The persian koubideh beef ($7.75) and cornish hen ($8.95) surround themselves with salad, pita bread, and a choice of fries, rice, or olive branch, and falafel pita and gyro sandwiches ($6.49) snuggle against a bed of fries or salad. Fill unoccupied hands with the mediterranean grilled cheese and spicy soudjouk panini ($5.99) before filling an empty purse with hummus or garlic fries ($2.35 for a small).
Cuisine Type: Homemade Hispanic food
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Tortas, burritos, pozole, and mole
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Pro Tip: We are located in the Montebello Town Center food court.
What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?
Our chile verde is made with pork and fresh tomatillos, and our fish tacos are made with fried or grilled basa. Our Tortas are also grilled fresh with your choice of carnitas, chicken, al pastore, or carne asada.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Chef Rene is from Oaxaca, Mexico. He prepares everything in our kitchen from scratch with his own home-learned recipes.
Though Snowopolis got its name from the shop's 100+ flavors of tropical shaved ice (from cherry cola to white coconut), they don't just make desserts for the summertime. When the cool breezes start rolling in, the staff outfits each table with a tiny hibachi grill that roasts marshmallows to a crispy yet gooey finish, which diners use to spackle the ceiling or assemble into s'mores. Each creation can be customized with three flavors of graham crackers, indulgent spreads, and five brands of chocolate. The Snowopolis team has even curated their favorite flavor combinations, such as chocolate graham crackers with Ghirardelli mint chocolate, and a strawberry Nutella s'more.