Inside the dining room at The Izakaya, sushi chefs create pairs of nigiri sushi, with cuts of fresh tuna or steamed prawns atop bite-sized morsels of rice. The chefs also create house special ramen dishes and specialty sushi rolls, such as the fried Golden California Roll, and the Rock & Roll, whose shrimp tempura and avocado are served in tiny leather pants. Behind the stone-topped bar, The Izakaya pours wine, draft Kirin and Asahi beers, and a slate of traditional and fruit-flavored sakes.
Sandwiches are highly customizable by nature, and The Sandwich Spot Land Park takes full advantage of this fact, creating more than a dozen specialty combinations exclusive to their location. The Bodyguard brims with hot roast beef, bacon, and a house-specialty spicy ranch sauce, and the Mama's Boy grasps a savory combination of pesto chicken, jack cheese, bacon, and cranberries. Salads and traditional sandwiches round out the menu and fill bellies with such steadfast toppings as tuna salad, roast beef, and American flags.
Espresso Metro's homey lounge space has something of a do-it-yourself feel, meaning you won't find the predictably replicated furniture of coffee chains. The owners have honed their aesthetic sense since 1988, and their eclectic collection of mismatched chairs that circle each table grants a good view of a hand-painted mural that runs the length of the counter. The mural depicts abstract figures with elongated arms folded over their heads, because they haven't had their morning coffee yet. But the baristas are as serious about their coffee as they are playful about their decor, evidenced by a sleek La San Marco espresso machine and its neighboring burr grinders, each filled to the top with beans. On any given day, the bakery counter might showcase freshly baked cookies, lemon cake, or croissants. These pair well with lattes with such foam art as hearts, bunnies, and lips.
Though Crepe Escape stays open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., the café never stops serving breakfast. Chefs blend gourmet ingredients to concoct unique takes on classic morning-time eats, such as the crab cake Florentine version of eggs benedict or stacks of waffles topped with fruit a dollop of whipped cream. Egg-based crepes sate sweet and savory teeth with a bevy of filling options from strawberries to curried chicken. For those who adhere to a strict breakfast regimen of one grapefruit and one boiled marshmallow, the café also dishes up light salads, sandwiches, and pastas. Crepe Escape's espresso bar and wine list provide drinks that pair pleasantly with any dish or time of day.
Bee-Bee's Asian Grill may only have one roof, but underneath it, the restaurant serves three distinct types of cuisine: Thai, Vietnamese, and Japanese. The result is a menu that seemingly never ends, with dishes of each type of cuisine that include soups, noodles, curries, and rice plates. Tom yum noodle soup holds rank as one of Bee-Bee's most popular Thai dishes, and is the restaurant's go-to speaker at press conferences. It fills bellies with a mixture of lemongrass, mushroom, chilies, and green onion. Under the Vietnamese flag, meanwhile, awaits spicy servings of pho and meaty vermicelli, and the Japanese selection includes bento boxes, hibachi, and sushi rolls.
When all seats are claimed at three indoor tables, diners spill out to two outdoor benches to compete with the sun in a race to devour ice cream. Two fiddle-leaf fig plants stand guard over the interior and reach toward the ceiling alongside steam from simmering burgers. Ron Rekcar of Here's the Scoop aims to prepare all of his grill-garnered entrees and frozen treats from local ingredients and brands. Crunch drinks, named after the sound they make when whipped with ice in the blender, marry espresso crafted from local Coffee Works beans and scoops of Gunther's ice cream in a brief ceremony untouched by Pachelbel’s Canon in D. Quarter-pound beef patties and locally made Morant's dinner franks develop a seared coating on an outdoor grill. Soy-cream desserts and green-tea-infused smoothies cater to diet-conscious clients, including those who are vegan and lactose intolerant.