Not just launderers but garment-care experts, Knob Hill Cleaners restores and freshly cleans apparel of all fabrics. With a gentle dry-cleaning process, it puts everything from blue jeans to frilly dresses through a safe, waterless wash. Experienced with even the most cumbersome items, it can also cleanse household linens as well as some leather and fur.
Tonya Beaudet was perplexed when a strange sign appeared on the door of her favorite restaurant in 1980. Before long, she deduced that “Here today, gone to Maui” meant that its surf-crazy owner had traded California’s waves for those of Hawaii. Filled with visions of organic feasts, she scrambled to buy the shop, otherwise known as The Spot Natural Food Restaurant. House-made vegetarian fare has ruled the menu for more than 30 years, transforming Tonya into a meat-free eater and converting unabashed carnivores into legume lovers. Sautéed mushrooms and onions crown the restaurant’s veggie burger, whose blend of beans, seeds, and soy cheese the Travel Channel deemed “jam-packed with flavor.” Brown rice and whole-wheat tortillas lend wholesome goodness to hearty burritos, savory garden omelets brim with seasonal produce, and organic ales and purified water refresh palates between bites, preventing diners from plunging into the nearby ocean. To accommodate a wide range of dietary needs, the kitchen can prepare meals without wheat, dairy, or sugar. Tonya and crew’s cookbook helps diners recreate their favorite dishes at home, using healthy ingredients such as garden-grown veggies and raw agave.
Pacific Pedal Cruiser's 14-person cruiser bikes help passengers work up an appetite as they power the pedal-equipped vehicle toward Hermosa Beach restaurants and bars under the guidance of an experienced driver. As tunes lilt from the bike’s iPod-equipped sound system, passengers work their way toward pit stops at bars, such as Patrick Molloys, Underground Pub & Grill, Barnacles Bar and Grill, and other area establishments, refueling with dining and drink specials before resuming their breezy cruise. Bikes welcome the collected members of a bachelorette party or birthday fete for camaraderie-filled private tours or forge new friendships between couples and people tired of waiting at the impound lot during public tours.
Whether they are seated inside The Slice’s newly remodeled dining room or by the warm fire pit on the outdoor patio, customers can satisfy pizza cravings with bites of freshly baked pie. These mouth-watering discs are made to suit any taste, and options include traditional pizzas with pepperoni, stuffed pizzas with double crust, double cheese, and peppers, and gluten-free pizzas. Rounding out the menu are crisp mixed green salads, ziti with marinara sauce, buffalo wings, eggplant parmigiana subs, and homemade cookies.
After the Inca Empire fell, waves of Spanish conquistadors, African slaves, Chinese workers, and Italian immigrants settled in Peru. Naturally, the country’s newfound cultural diversity manifested in one particularly noticeable way: the cuisine. Today, potatoes, chili peppers, and corn––as prepared by the Incas––share plate estate with beef, citrus fruits, soy sauce, and pasta to create the rich and unique cuisine found at El Pollo Inka.
Native Peruvians Rosa and Salomon Jaime opened the first El Pollo Inka in 1987, beginning their own culinary empire that today consists of six locations across California and one in Miami. The restaurant’s Peruvian-style chicken rotates on a rotisserie spit for hours to achieve the juiciness and tenderness that makes it the crown jewel of the menu. However, El Pollo Inka’s beef, seafood, and vegetarian dishes also vie for palate popularity with the help of cilantro, onions, tomatoes, and an all-star public relations team. The restaurant also matches bites with sips from a wine list that includes varietals from Chile.
At Akbar Cuisine of India, the tandoors are always busy, whether they're puffing up nan and paratha breads or baking the spices into traditionally prepared lamb and chicken, as well as unusual house specialties. The Chilean sea bass, one of the restaurant's most popular dishes, scintillates taste buds with herb-marinated and grilled slivers of fish. The unconventional twists on traditional flavors last through dessert, which can include mango cheesecake. Chef and owner Avinash Kapoor pickles fresh chutneys each day. His staff also gives the pepper-lamb curry a hint of saffron and the prawns an unfounded rumor of coconut. The menu also features coco lamb, chicken tikka masala, saag paneer, and other made-to-order curries that make great diving pools for freshly baked naan and roti and poor insulation for condominiums.