Named for a range of snowy peaks that rises up on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea, Alborz Restaurant introduces diners to the aromas and flavors of Persia and Greece. Daily specials include moussaka, spanakopita, and basmati rice infused with dill, saffron, and orange marmalade. Among the main courses you can find filet mignon kebabs, grilled chicken, and charbroiled salmon. Like a box of teething crayons, the menu has all kinds of tasty colors, from the forest greens of a sautéed-herb stew to the rich reds of whole roasted tomatoes that garnish kebabs and cuts of meat.
Singers and deejays get crowds dancing during live shows on the weekend, and catering packages bring Persian cuisine to birthdays, commencements, and weddings.
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.
After closing their popular MIHO Gastrotruck in 2013, Juan Miron and Kevin Ho sought a new avenue for their distinctive farm-to-table approach to street food. Hence Juke, a food counter the duo launched with chef Rocio SisoGurriaran inside Bottlecraft. Drawing on global flavors, the culinary team crafts a concise, yet eclectic menu of seasonal treats, from octopus ceviche tostadas to roasted cauliflower paired with curry-apple sauce. Juke's take on a meatball sub, meanwhile, unites all-natural lamb and housemade marinara with local arugula and ciabatta bread. Per Eater San Diego, Juke complements its eats with a non-alcoholic tap system filled with beverages such as lemon ginger beer.
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.
Barely a wave's crash from the water, Del Mar Pizza has hosted hungry beach-goers—some sans shirt or shoes—at its tables for more than 20 years. Amid walls lined with long surfboards and artful beach photography, chefs whip up gooey specialty pizzas by the pie or slice, with traditional or New York–style thin crusts. After downing a brew on the outdoor patio, patrons can head inside to two-hand a Boar's Head deli sandwich or clamber up overhead lights to hang ten on wall-mounted surfboards.
Taverna Blu brings the Mediterranean coastline to California with its pub-style menu of Greek-inspired cuisine. The chefs fully commit to Mediterranean flavors by importing feta cheese from the Old World. In addition to the favorite Athenian cheeseburger, they assemble hefty sampler platters—laden with everything from falafel and spanakopita to tiger shrimp and calamari—and also create sharable, tapas-style plates of warm stuffed grape leaves and Greek-style tacos loaded with gyro meat that can be paired with international wines and craft beer on tap. For a satisfyingly sweet end to a meal, "be sure not to skip the baklava vanilla ice cream sundae," says Gayot in its review of the Del Mar location, a recommendation echoed by the Carmel Valley News.