Chefs douse entrees in champagne sauce and cast nets of pasta over shrimp, scallops, and other sea treasures at Oh la la! Bistro & Wine Bar, a French-inspired bistro with a light touch and extensive wine bar. Thick filets of salmon swim in a bath of zesty dill sauce, and mussels open their shells to welcome one of six specialty sauces infused with gorgonzola or New Orleans–style spices. A decadent procession of French desserts passes through the kitchen’s triumphal arches, headlined by a perfectly torched crème brûlée and a rich, chocolate mousse garnished with a spattering of soft consonants. A mélange of circular and rectangular wooden tables fills out Oh la la! Bistro’s chic dining room, where artwork hangs from pastel walls, and chairs in a kaleidoscope of colors stand beside each other in mismatched harmony.
Former owner and current namesake Joe Filkosky is responsible for many of the hearty breakfast platters still on the menu at Eat at Joe's. But it's John Wayne who gets the credit of one of the most famous. When the icon sidled in one day and asked Joe to cook him a special breakfast, the meal quickly landed on the regular menu—a belly-warming combination of two eggs over-medium with cheese, home fries, and a tortilla, all slathered with Spanish sauce and sausage.
Clientele aside, the interior of Eat at Joe's has barely changed a bit since it was founded. Much of the menu comes packaged in red plastic baskets, and the simple white tables are still laden with home-cooking classics such as burgers, chicken-fried steak, meatloaf, and roast turkey with stuffing. In the morning, diners start the day with hearty omelets and fresh-squeezed, decaffeinated orange juice.
Ws China Bistro takes its name from the middle initial shared by all three Chong brothers: the South Bay restaurateurs behind this casual, friendly spot. Fernando, Roberto, and Marcelino were born in Cuba to Chinese parents and have found their niche sharing their heritage in the form of dim sum, crispy orange chicken, and spicy hunan beef. Their seafood paella adds a Latin twist to the menu, while a line-up of meat-free dishes appease the palates of vegetarians. Patrons can sit at the bar to watch bartenders mix cocktails, uncork wine bottles, and pour draft beers such as Bud Light, Fat Tire, and Kirin, or unwind with friends in the informal dining room.
Servers hoisting skewers circulate continuously through Samba Brazilian Steakhouse, pausing tableside to carve mesquite-grilled morsels of brazilian sausage, bacon-wrapped chicken, and sirloin steak. This is hardly an unusual sight at Brazil's famous all-you-can-eat churrascarias?until you see the ocean views through the 180-degree wall of glass in Samba Brazilian Steakhouse's Redondo dining room. This chic perspective on tropicalia dominates all aspects of the steakhouse. Clusters of mod white couches stand out against glowing orange walls, which contain plenty of nooks for groups to squeeze into.
Brunch hours offer a consortium of all-you-can-eat meats such as marinated beef and pork. The main course is complemented by unlimited trips to the salad- and Brazilian side dish-buffet, as well as your choice of mimosas, champagne, and sangria. On Thursday?Saturday, a chorus of smooth-limbed showgirls catalyze the party with a slight assist from the caipirinha bar's more than 20 versions of Brazil's national cocktail.
In 1993, the basement of a Minneapolis apartment building was transformed into an Italian restaurant, becoming the first Buca di Beppo. The owners soon found themselves riding a wave of popularity and marinara sauce as they opened new restaurants across the nation. Today, the eatery occupies 97 locations nationwide, from San Francisco to Times Square.
At each location, chefs maintain the northern and southern Italian flavors that made the original so popular, with a few American twists. Then they serve it up in massive, family-style portions, making Buca di Beppo a favorite place for hungry families and groups of friends.
For starters, the chefs bake up batches of Cheesy Bread Florentine, a colorful combo of spinach, roma tomatoes, and garlic sprinkled over Italian bread and sealed in place with fresh, melted cheeses. Entr?es are prepared with an eye toward quality and quantity, both of size and selection, complete with Veal Parmigiana, Baked Ziti, and classic Italian-American staples like Ravioli and Lasagna. And in keeping with the convivial atmosphere, they also serve truly decadent desserts. The Mt. Vesuvius Dark Chocolate Cake erupts with melted chocolate, and the Colossal Brownie Sundae towers above other sweets with six scoops of ice cream and tiers of sundae trimmings.