Operated by two friends with a lifetime of experience in the deli industry, Fromin's Delicatessen & Restaurant has conquered appetites with generously sized sandwiches, burgers, and California-tinged diner-style dinners for more than 30 years. The owners bring a wealth of life experiences to the table as they ply their culinary trade, with Maurice Solomon being a survivor of Nazi-occupied Belgium and Dennis Fromin being a fourth-generation deli operator. The longtime buddies staff the counter themselves, whipping up blintzes and omelets all day long, and layering towering sandwiches with chicken salad, hot pastrami, and corned beef. The pair's commitment to preparing traditional delicatessen fare runs deep. Dennis draws from decades of family tradition and Maurice proudly sports the name “Deli King” on his license plate and library card.
Dr. Roshen Ganesh is a worldly dentist. In the 22 years before he opened Santa Monica Esthetic Dentistry, he trained in Germany and England, studied CEREC restorative technology in Switzerland, and mentored other dentists as dental director of a clinic in South Africa.
Inside a building that has never traveled outside of Santa Monica, Dr. Ganesh welcomes patients into the comfort and modern amenities of his clinic. He provides patients with composite fillings, veneers, teeth-whitening treatments, and general checkup services in private rooms equipped with televisions, music, and headphones. Bright lights illuminate the mouth and any gold hidden inside it while patients lie swaddled in pillows and blankets.
Friends and business partners Oscar Chavez, Mario Ordoñez, and Jose Ciro Aguilar mine their collective experience to curate 12 Washington Restaurant’s sophisticated cuisine and ambiance. The dining room’s crisp, white table cloths and soft lighting provide the perfect backdrop for plates of escargot or oysters on the half shell, and glasses of wine and champagne tempt the thirsty grey gargoyles perched above and around the front outdoor patio. Elegant dinner entrees such as filet mignon, osso bucco, and rack of lamb sate evening appetites, while benedicts, omelets, and salads ease diners out of their dinner jackets and into their brunch pantsuits.
Chefs at Yangtze Restaurant transform fresh ingredients into Thai, Japanese, and Korean specialties as well as Chinese dishes from six different provinces. The kitchen staff grease their woks with corn oil to stir-fry each of their spicy and mild rice, noodle, meat, and tofu dishes. Sushi chefs also stuff 22 different specialty sushi rolls with fillings such as smelt egg, freshwater eel, and spicy tuna. The eatery's contemporary façade pays tribute to the river of its name with a sign shaped like a red-sailed Chinese junk and sectioned wood pieces that undulate like waves.
Above the counter at the family-owned Z Garden, bright green cans of olive oil stand rank and file. A staple of Mediterranean cuisine, this oil signals that within the eatery there are plates piled with shawarma and creamy hummus. The housemade merguez blends beef and lamb in a sausage casing, while the kitchen threads skewers with eggplant and peppers, chicken, or seasoned ground beef. As the fragrance of parsley and other Mediterranean spices permeates the air, weathered tables and chairs and misty gray walls recall a shore-side vacation.
Creole seasoning belongs in trusted hands, which is why most Cajun restaurants keep the spice cannon securely under glass. Today's Groupon gives you those trusted hands plus $25 worth of authentic Cajun vittles at Uncle Darrow's in Marina del Rey for $10. The Zagat-rated restaurant will be celebrating its tenth anniversary on December 26th, which in Cajun culture is as valid a reason to throw a raucous, food-stuffed party as "survived last night's raucous, food-stuffed party" and "saved money on car insurance."