Fiesta Cantina serves up a menu of tasty Mexican-style eats and throat deparchers in a festive space lined with high-definition TVs. Fix competition-craving eyes on a sportive game or a live UFC fight while mouths focus on chicken-filled Santa Monica rolls ($6) or the tres amigos dip platter, a posse of guacamole, queso, black bean dip and hot or mild salsa served with fresh corn tortilla chips ($8).
Cafe Luna is a family-style, family-owned, galactic culinary ambassador that delivers refined recipes in an elegant atmosphere of pale brick walls, scarlet curtains, and sinewy metal architecture. Appetites are introduced to a menu piloted by raw filet mignon carpaccio with fresh arugula, capers, and shallots ($13) that leads pasta and protein passengers. Handmade pasta sheets form the signature rosetta, rolled with ham and swiss before being sliced and baked in a creamy parmesan ($15), as well as the capelli di gamberi, mingling angel-hair pasta with sautéed prawns ($21). Large hungers can be substituted by the sautéed flavors of vitello marsala, a veal scaloppini in a creamy marsala wine sauce with mushrooms ($21).
Nestled inside the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Red Pearl Kitchen's executive chef, Chad Cranford, tosses a mélange of Pan-Asian elements that garnered an OpenTable Diner’s Choice Award in 2010. A specialty dim sum menu of steamed, fried, and grilled small plates brims with delicacies such as shrimp har gow dumplings, which hold more tender fillings than the Pillsbury Doughboy's jacket pocket and arrive with a spicy ginger-soy dip. Bacon-wrapped dates take in a two-man show of blue cheese and sweet soy as salt-and-pepper prawns cancan into a bath of sriracha aioli. Drawing inspiration from vibrant tropical gardens and rolling ocean waves, the papaya salad stars seared ahi tuna sprinkled with orange slices and peanuts.
Open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, Lestat's Coffee House curates a menu of café favorites, from sandwiches and salads to coffee, tea, and smoothies. Brave baristas concoct the espresso latte ($2.50–$3.75) and the cappuccino ($2.25–$3.60) using Diedrich coffee. A special menu of house hot drinks soothes the senses with combinations including caramel and Mexican chocolate in the Dulcé Mexican mocha ($3.50–$4.75) and peppermint, chocolate, and a disarmingly attractive sense of sarcasm in the Peppermint Patty ($3.50-$4.75). On the chillier side, fruit smoothies, such as the pineapple-, mango-, and banana-packed Hawaiian Vacation ($4.50), set apart surf-ready stomachs, or sustenance seekers can fill the hungry stomach inside their regular stomach with a succinct menu of sandwiches ($4.50-$7.95), house-made soups ($4.25–$5.75), and salads ($4–$6.50).
Society Billiard Café combines the pool hall's social atmosphere with a full bar and eatery's complement of entrees and drinks. Pool sharks pay by the hour, sinking stripes and solids on green felt-topped tables lining the pool hall. Black chairs and marble-top tables encourage chatting over drinks and pizza slices from a full bar and food service, and die-hard pool pros can spend all three hours perfecting their trick shots off through the 8th dimension.