It is Chef Juliano's passion for food and cooking that first brought him to the raw lifestyle. At age 19 he became vegan and shortly after started eating 100% raw. But there was one problem—where would he eat outside his home? With the inspiration for a restaurant forming, he called on his family for support and made his first RAW restaurant a reality. Today RAW is a popular destination for celebrities such as Alicia Silverstone and Woody Harrelson, as well as for any diner looking for a healthy meal. And with a menu full of cheeseburgers, sushi and pasta—all raw versions—every option is a flavorful one.
The mantra at Hostaria del Piccolo Venice is "Eat Less Taste More," a saying that drives the restaurant's focus on vibrant flavors presented in modest portion sizes. The menu opens with a bevy of antipasti, including Venetian-style eel or baby octopus, as well as crispy fried pigs' ears and seared fresh ricotta. Every day of the week has a pasta special to call its own, but the most popular item on the menu is the pizza. Diners choose from 29 varieties of hand-crafted pies dressed in sauces that, like your favorite capes, come in varieties such as red or invisible. Pizza toppings include Sicilian olives, mozzarella di bufala, and housemade porchetta, among others. The weekend brunch crowd sips bellinis and aperol spritzes while tucking into plates of ricotta pancakes, smoked-salmon benedict, and frittatas.
Jack n’ Jill’s brings hearty, down-on-the-farm meals to the city, within a quaint, family-friendly environment. Generous menus at both the Santa Monica and Beverly Hills locations are full of homemade comfort food that will have you saying things like “ma,” “pa,” and “that cabin's not built out of logs, it's built out of peanut brittle.” At Jack n’ Jill’s, you’ll eat farm-sized portions of the food that made the settlers strong and capable of playing catch with an ox.
Whether they are seated inside The Slice’s newly remodeled dining room or by the warm fire pit on the outdoor patio, customers can satisfy pizza cravings with bites of freshly baked pie. These mouth-watering discs are made to suit any taste, and options include traditional pizzas with pepperoni, stuffed pizzas with double crust, double cheese, and peppers, and gluten-free pizzas. Rounding out the menu are crisp mixed green salads, ziti with marinara sauce, buffalo wings, eggplant parmigiana subs, and homemade cookies.
A feast of tasty American-style comfort food and specialty beers awaits hungry diners at West 4th/Jane. Consult the restaurant's menu to find solace in the beef slider trio, which reinforces downtrodden gastrointestinal tracts with a tasty triplet of Kobe beef with gouda cheese, barbecue pulled pork with coleslaw, and braised short-rib with caramelized onions ($14). A turkey club sandwich adds meaning to mealtime existence with thick slices of house-roasted turkey, muenster cheese, maple-smoked bacon, greens, tomato, and avocado spread, all slipped between whole grain hunks ($12). For dessert, procure half-pint dollops of Ben and Jerry's ice cream ($4), french toast decorated with bacon jewels ($10), or beer floats (add $2 to the price of your favorite beer).
At the French restaurant where they both worked previously, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger discovered decidedly un-French cuisine in the privacy of the kitchen: homespun Oaxacan and Yucatan recipes prepared by their fellow chefs. The duo promptly untied their aprons, loaded them into a VW Beetle, and took off for a road trip to Mexico in 1985, where they sampled and studied delicacies prepared at beachside taco stands and family barbecues. Six restaurants, five cookbooks, hundreds of episodes of Food Network's Too Hot Tamales, and sizzling appearances on Top Chef Masters later, their quartet of Border Grill locations add contemporary twists to authentic Mexican cuisine.
Guests are greeted by dining rooms originally designed by the architect Josh Schweitzer, who is Mary Sue's husband and Susan's childhood friend. Within their walls, plates of seasonal vegetables and domestic beef roll into handmade tortillas or revel beneath cotija cheese. Devoted to sustainable eating, particularly at the downtown Los Angeles location, Border Grill infuses its dishes with sustainable seafood, organic rice, and hormone-free meats, as well as Good for the Planet, Good for You meals made from at least 80% plant-based ingredients, just like Captain Planet's faux-leather jacket.: