When Mohammed and Nesrine Hawari came to the United States from Israel, they packed more than just clothes in their suitcases. Their most important item was actually a stash of family recipes, a tome that led to the couple opening Kareem's Restaurant. The eatery has since earned numerous awards, including best falafel sandwich in 2012 from OCWeekly, who which described the dish as ?emerald-green and poofy on the inside, dark-brown and crunchy on the outside.? Chefs tuck the balls into warm pita pockets or serve them alongside creamy hummus and bite-size bits of saut?ed lamb. For other plates, chefs bake whole fish, and skewer morsels of grilled beef and chicken with metal rods or tiny pirate swords.
The chefs at Simple Touch Veggie Cuisine believe that just because something is healthy doesn't mean it has to taste healthy. This belief has inspired their menu of American dishes, which swap out meat for alternative proteins and produce. They start with slices of tofu, which they coat in barbecue or spicy Cajun sauces to create hearty sandwiches. For other recipes, they rely on a medley of vegetables cooked in spices to create tongue-searing Thai curries or burritos. One of their most iconic dishes, however, is their mac 'n no cheese, which features 100% plant-based "cheese" that they make in-house.
The Natural Selection menu focuses on breakfast, sandwiches, wraps, salads, and smoothies. Try the breakfast burrito ($6.75), a wake-up call full of four egg whites, pico de gallo, cheese, and your choice of ham or turkey. For lighter morning fare, Natural Selection also serves up low-fat yogurt or low-fat cottage cheese ($4.25), which comes with a choice of two fruits and granola. If you're hungry after the sun reaches its meridian, wraps are a popular lunchtime or post-workout choice ($7.50 or $8.25, with a side salad and seasonal fruit). The chipotle wrap is an edible torpedo of grilled chicken, spinach, ever-spicy pico de gallo, jack cheese, and titular chipotle sauce, while the mild Mediterranean wrap is a flattened bowling bowl stuffed with grilled chicken, baby greens, cucumbers, black olives, feta cheese, hummus, and Mediterranean dressing.
At Golden China Restaurant, the chefs manage to fit seemingly hundreds of Mandarin, Cantonese, and Szechuan dishes on one menu. Of their 20 specialty items, highlights include the pan-seared sea bass with ginger sauce and the shrimp and walnuts glazed with honey sauce. Other eats include steamed dumplings, chop suey, fried rice, and mushu, which are pancakes filled with stir-fried green onions, bamboo shoots, scrambled eggs, and meat, veggies, or tofu.
Qdoba's burrito baristas handcraft a catering menu of Mexican-inspired cuisine, customizable with a panoply of fresh ingredients for a taco, nacho, or burrito bar. Qdoba's culinary crafters craft succulent fillings for burritos, tacos, nachos, and quesadillas, including protein-packing choices, such as slow-roasted pulled pork, adobo-marinated grilled steak or chicken, and spiced shredded or ground beef, with vegetarian options also available. Taste the gooey flavor accents of the signature queso sauce, a three-cheese blend with roasted poblanos, tomatoes, and jalapeños, the pinto or black beans simmered in cumin and onion, or the creamy, hand-smashed guacamole that's ideal for filling up Queen Elizabeth's diamond-studded guacamole chalice. Tortilla chips with salsa bar and desserts complete each catered event, and customers can opt for burrito-boxed lunches and any add-ons.
Beef and green onion. Shrimp, leeks, and egg. Bok choy and pork. These are just a few of the ingredient combinations that fill the savory dumplings at Tasty Dumpling House. Beyond these pan-fried or steamed treats, the restaurant also serves a full menu of Chinese dishes, from spicy ma po tofu to stir-fried lamb.