At Aladdin Jr. Restaurant & Cafe, the aroma of Mediterranean and Arabic cuisine mingles with the scent of sweetened tobacco, which wafts from the nearby hookah lounge. Cooks prepare authentic dishes such as falafel, shish kebabs, and shawarma sandwiches. Lush greenery wraps around a covered outdoor patio while wall murals surround the main dining room, depicting scenes from the folktale of Aladdin. Iconic images portray Aladdin flying on a magic carpet and releasing the genie, and lesser-known portraits show Aladdin filing his income taxes.
2nd on Second Street an American Bistro creates a setting that offers a warm urban style while serving a delicious American Bistro Cuisine. This unique restaurant is located in the Arts Colony of Downtown Pomona, California.
The dough wizards at Papa John's hand toss circular masterpieces with original and thin crusts made from high-protein flour to support warm bouquets of toppings. Hand-cut produce crowns all of Papa John's pizzas, mingling with the sun-soaked sweetness of sauce made from fresh, California-grown tomatoes. By adhering to its brand promise of "better ingredients, better pizza," Papa John's grew from a back-tavern pizzeria into more than 3,500 restaurants within three decades' time, or the amount of time it takes to grow a single pizzeria from a small seed. In addition to delivering pizzas, Papa John’s reaches out to the community with charity involvement, including partnering with the Boy Scouts of America and Junior Achievement to teach US students about entrepreneurship and the best method of capturing a wild roma tomato.
For many, a love of barbecue begins and ends at eating it. But Johnny Walker took his love a step farther by creating his own signature brand of sauces. They add an extra kick to pulled pork, rib tips, and turkey, all of which Johnny slow-smokes at J & J's BBQ & Fish alongside fellow pitmaster Joe Draper. They let diners pair their southern-style barbecue with sides such as slaw, potato salad, and hush puppies, so named for the quiet passion with which dogs eat them. The Louisiana natives also draw from the flavors of their home state to create seafood specialties that include po’ boys made with shrimp, oysters, or tilapia, as well as platters centered on fresh catches of red snapper and catfish.
McKinley’s Grille serves sophisticated lunch and dinner menus of seasonal eats concocted with organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Investigate the wine list and sip a glass of Mirassou chardonnay ($6.50) or Little Black Dress cabernet sauvignon, which is served to you by a little black cat ($6.50). For an entree, select a grilled 10-ounce New York strip steak cloaked in caramelized Maui onion and soft raclette cheese ($26) or opt for the braised beef flat-iron noodle soup, which is accompanied to the table by ginger and Asian greens ($19). Pair your palate-pleasing meal with a savory side, such as sweet potato fries, asiago cheese bread, beer-battered onion rings, garlic mashed potatoes, or farm-fresh vegetables ($4).
With names like Godzilla, Spider, and Dragon, Sakura Ichi’s sushi rolls sound like something straight out of a horror flick, but nothing could be further from the truth. The decidedly enjoyable rolls include combinations of tuna and salmon, shrimp and crabmeat, or barbecue eel and avocado blended with mango, yellowtail, cucumber, or cream cheese. The menu's hot entrees pull inspiration from pan-Asian culinary traditions and include crispy orange chicken, steak teriyaki, and fried shrimp, which pair well with house sake, martinis, and beer.