Since steaming its first natural-casing hot dog in 1946, Cupid's Hot Dogs has risen to the status of local institution and even cracked the top-10 rankings in CityVoter's Los Angeles Hot List. A signature steam table incubates each dog until it reaches an ideal temperature, at which point chefs pair it with a fluffy steamed bun and a handsome collar of condiments. Onions, mustard, and Cupid’s signature chili pile atop the juicy franks, forcing patrons to carefully balance their feasts in two hands. Melted cheese and chili drip onto laptops hooked up to the restaurant’s free WiFi, which attracts businessmen prone to using unadorned hot dogs as substitutes for smart-phone styluses.
Leafy palm fronds filter sunlight as it trickles in through House of Brews' expansive windows to land gingerly upon cups of freshly brewed coffee forged from Gaviña Gourmet Coffee beans. Visitors lounge by the fireplace with steaming cups of specialty espresso and tea drinks, the vibrations of free wireless Internet infusing the beverages with up-to-the-minute stock prices. Neatly manicured shrubs and trees shelter customers on the shaded courtyard patio, the café's wide variety of sandwiches, salads, and breakfast items lavish palates with all-day nourishment.
The menu at Johny's Kitchen straddles the border between Mexican and Mediterranean fare. Yet the chefs stitch together the distinct cuisines with common components, including fresh beef and chicken packed into kebab plates or fajitas and burritos. Chickpeas suit up and take a dip in the deep fryer while transforming into the falafel dish, and are paired with hummus or baba ghanouj and pilaf or fries. In addition to international fare, Johny's Kitchen slings grilled and deli sandwiches, breakfast bites, and napkin airplanes between sunny yellow walls and TVs.
There are two spots to sip your chocolate-mint mocha or jasmine milk boba tea at Bounce Boba Loft. The first is inside, where visitors work on laptops or catch the news on the flat-screen TV. The other is the outdoor patio, a spot complete with wicker-backed chairs and umbrellas that block the sun's rays and the Goodyear blimp's surveillance cameras. Either is a suitable place to savor a peach smoothie or a panini with turkey breast and applewood-smoked bacon on french sourdough bread.