Though perhaps known best for its catering, Elijah’s also serves its New York-style deli cuisine at its restaurant along with bringing it to customers. The deli staff builds sky-high and overstuffed sandwiches with piles of hot corned beef, smoked turkey, or juicy roast beef. They give their eats names such as “The Rockefeller Center” to remind diners of the time they never went there but ate a delicious sandwich boasting its name.
Though dessert has a reputation for ruining diets, Seaside Yogurt’s kind of frozen treats boasts a slew of health benefits. Each frosty swirl packs a calcium- and protein-loaded punch that works to fortify the immune system, lower cholesterol, and improve digestion. At the self-serve stations, customers can pump their own yogurt and crown it with toppings from a buffet-style topping bar. Flavors rotate regularly, though classics such as cookies 'n' cream, Euro tart, peanut butter, and The Grapes of Wrath are always available. Once yogurt is pumped and topped to a guest’s specifications, a Seaside Yogurt staff member rings up the masterpiece by weight.
Over the past four decades, Starbucks has bloomed from a single coffee shop in Seattle's Pike Place Market to more than 17,000 stores responsible for caffeinating 55 countries. The company’s smiling, green-aproned baristas have become the mascots of many people’s morning routine, pouring cups of dark, medium, and blonde roast for coffee purists and adding shots of caramel or white chocolate to more elaborate espresso creations and treats such as a Frappuccino blended beverage.
Concerned with more than flavour, Starbucks strives to fill its menu with responsibly sourced coffee, cocoa, and tea that protect the farmers and bioregions they come from. These efforts have earned the company a spot on Ethisphere's 2013 list of the world's most ethical companies.
A lifelong surfer from Southern California, Ryan Black—joined by his brother, Jeremy, and his friend Ed—ventured to Brazil in 1999 in search of perfect waves. During their explorations of the vibrant country, however, the ocean fell second to a new obsession: deliciously good-for-you açaí berries. They immediately knew that it was their calling to introduce the organic superfood to their native California culture.
With a clearly defined philosophy of caring for people inside and out, they launched a line of açaí products and eventually opened their first Sambazon café—there are now two locales—earning props in fitness and health magazines including Men's Fitness and InStyle. At both cafés, staff members serve 16-ounce smoothies blended with the star berries in addition to supergreens, fresh fruit, and chocolate. The signature açaí bowl features a blend of frozen açaí purée with banana and a sprinkling of granola.
Both of the restaurants were designed and decorated by eVocal, a group of local artists who specialize in eco design. They kept things environmentally friendly by using reclaimed materials for furniture and fixtures, recycled planks of century-old acacia wood for counters, and energy-saving bulbs to slowly toast oats toppings.
People love this walk-up eatery for fast-casual, healthy cuisine. Urban Plates bustles for lunch and dinner as delicious farm-to-plate fare can be found for $10 and under, including hand-tossed super food salads like their kale and cranberries with organic tofu, or a nice roasted beet, fennel and arugula medley with nuggets of blood orange tossed in. Heartier comfort food abounds with braised stews, mac ‘n’ cheese, bbq turkey meatloaf and vegetarian curry, each served on basic metal trays and enjoyed in the sunny, wood-floored cafeteria-style eatery. Don’t expect much in the way of frills here, just low-cost, high quality meals that can be ordered and consumed quickly, plus a selection of local craft beers if the mood strikes.
Nestled into a shopping center in Carmel Valley, Chuao Chocolatier serves up uniquely decadent chocolate-infused desserts. Founded by two Venezuelan brothers in 2002, Chuao is a pioneer in fusion chocolate, developing unexpected flavors using a special blend of chocolate and fresh ingredients. What began as a single boutique in Encinitas has developed into a premiere artisan chocolatier destination for San Diegans. In the Carmel Valley location, red walls surround a glass case filled to capacity with trays of chocolates. Their signature twist is the Spicy Maya, a modern take on the Mayan’s ancient hot chocolate recipe made with pasilla chile and cayenne pepper. Other highlights include their chocolate bars, bonbons, brownies, gelato and truffles.