Slinging delectable dishes for more than three decades, Roxy Restaurant is a survived artifact of the flower-power era that continues to blossom with fresh ingredients and Middle Eastern flavors. Steal whiffs from a cup of awesomely aromatic Jamaican coffee topped with cinnamon before practicing palate-Pilates with an order of mushrooms sautéed in garlic butter and burgundy wine. The chicken quesadillas mute howling hunger pains with melted cheese, onions, and hot green chilies ($6.95), and the squash enchilada casserole entices dolphin-like squeals out of joyous diners and highly evolved jellyfish with bites of butternut squash, fresh corn, and low-fat cream cheese ($14.95). Piping-hot tongues can lap splashes of the melon ball cocktail, sporting a spirited blend of vodka, Minidori, and Triple Sec, and garnished with a slice of lime and a cherry. Glowing neon signs, adobe floor tiles, and paintings by local artists enhance Roxy's eye-inspiring atmosphere to complement a night of artful eating.
According to Zagat, the portions of breakfast plates at Broken Yolk Cafe can be "obscene"—although one could also consider them generous. Sometimes, these sizes are even considered a challenge. In 2010, Man Vs. Food's Adam Richman paid the restaurant a visit to tackle its infamous Iron Man Special: a 12-egg omelet, topped with chili and piled onto a 15-inch pizza pan.
Opened in 1979, Broken Yolk has spent decades fine-tuning its southwestern recipes—many enigmatically named for people such as "Betty" and "Tony G". Alongside steaming breakfast burritos and griddled buttermilk pancakes, the menu features nearly 20 omelets stuffed with fresh ingredients such as beef chorizo, avocado, and mushroom sauce. Shredded hash-browns are crafted from fresh potatoes, and the salsa is handmade each day. Until its official closing time at 3 p.m., Broken Yolk also serves sandwiches and half-pound Angus burgers. The local chain's six locations each feature their own private banquet room and secret underground passage to one of the other restaurants.
Haritna Restaurant’s menu of regional Middle Eastern dishes plots out an exploration of international edibles accompanied by fresh bread baked in house. Twin skewers support the Kifta kebab’s seasoned ground beef mixed with juicy onions and leafy parsley, and the skewers can be recycled into jumbo toothpicks or extra crossbow bolts after the meal ($8). Insatiable incisors tear into the house-specialty barbecue chicken, a charbroiled half chicken delicately marinated to sport an appetizing tan while luxuriating on a beach of basmati rice ($8). Chicken-kebab and falafel sandwiches ensnare their respective ingredients in a doughy cell made out of a french roll, a pita, or sourdough bread ($5.50 each). Plunge slices of Haritna’s bread into a pristine pool of hummus ($3/small, $5.50/large) or fool, a combination of fava beans, garlic, and lemon juice mixed by an august clown ($3/small, $5.50/large). Harnita's also make sweets such as knafeh, shredded dough stuffed with cheese and syrup ($3.50), and harisseh ($1) in house.
Open from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the week, Headquarters Café offers round-the-clock sustenance in the form of artisan sandwiches, pastries, and 100-percent organic coffees, espressos, and teas. Its colorful, breezy interior features various seating options, and compliments a pair of outdoor patios. To properly utilize all of its spaces, Headquarters plays host to frequent events, such as open mic nights, children’s workshops, live DJs, and more.
Bayu's chefs sauté and simmer ingredients according to authentic Ethiopian recipes, filling a menu with traditional communal dishes to be scooped up with injera bread. Diners dig into table-filling platters such as misir wot, a dish of split lentils stewed with onions, garlic, and herbs ($9), or gomen—chopped steamed collard greens seasoned with chilies and ginger ($9.50). Meat eaters hunt prime selections in sega alecha, consisting of hunks of unsuspecting beef simmered in curry-seasoned stew ($11.50). Doro wot's chicken legs and thighs simmer with onions, garlic, and boiled eggs ($11.50), and yebeg tibs marinates in black peppers and rosemary for a savory herbal delicacy dressed up with lamb ($12.95).
Adorned with a Gold Medallion Award from the California Restaurant Association, Taste of Thai walks culinary tight ropes of authentic, bold flavors within its minimally designed dining rooms. A meal inside the bamboo-bathed Hillcrest dining room begins with the Shrimp Sarong, an unwearable plate of bulbous shrimp, marinated and nestled in egg noodles, deep fried, and accessorized with palm sauce ($7.95). Hunger-havers can salivate over a cornucopia of thai rice and noodle dishes ($8.95–$12.95), each accented by a choice of tofu, meat, or seafood. Three's Company, a house specialty, tosses shrimp, squid, and chicken in a house curry paste with green pepper, peas, and an unbearably catchy theme song ($11.95). Sweeten meal endings with a bowl of milky, coconut ice cream ($3.95) to cool flames from a fiery dinner rush.