A New York City police officer for 20 years, Mike Musantry worked in the rubble of the World Trade Center for more than a year before moving out to the West Coast. Once there, he noticed one thing was missing—the Mister Softee ice-cream trucks he remembered from his childhood. Mike opened All American Softy to fill this void, outfitting a fleet of stainless-steel trucks with ice cream, milkshakes, malts, and waffle cones.
As they roll through the streets of Los Angeles, his trucks carry with them the croon of Frank Sinatra's voice rather than typical ice-cream bells or recordings of infants screaming. Trucks can be reserved for corporate events, birthday parties, and holiday celebrations, and the attendants manning them will attempt to enhance all get-togethers with root-beer floats, banana splits, and hot pretzels.
Scents of kosher and pareve cookies, breads, and cakes have wafted out of the family-owned Unique kitchen for 20 years. Supervised by the Rabbinical Council of California, Unique ensures that each dish escorted out of the kitchen is kosher, and a separate dairy kitchen keeps milk and cheese away from the pareve products and lactophobics. Although the eatery follows strict dietary guidelines, it shows off a more whimsical side in its cakes shaped like engagement rings, law textbooks, princesses, and perseverance. Sprinkles festoon about 20 cookie species and dough petals hoist up a cluster of sweet blueberries in flower-shaped tarts. Soups, sandwiches, and omelets balance diets with vegetarian-friendly selections enjoyed at home or in the dining area.
Row upon row of baked, fried, and shredded dough line the glass case at Baklava Factory, tantalizing customers with a bounty of honey, walnuts, and custard cream. The factory?s pastry experts concoct more than a dozen kinds of baklava each day alongside other European and Mediterranean sweets, such as fried balls of dough dipped in honey. Customers can sip espresso or cappuccino as they peruse these confections and the bakery?s array of elaborate gift boxes and baskets filled with Belgian chocolates, cookies, and, of course, baklava. Baklava Factory also does corporate gifting and enlivens events with custom cakes embellished with edible butterflies, cartoon characters, and rhinestones capable of fooling amateur jewel thieves.
From its first location in West Hollywood to its free-range food truck, Rounds Premium Burgers doles out mighty American burgers made with beef, turkey, chicken, or veggie patties along with a large selection of fries. Specialty rounds include The Slopper, a messy pile of chili, cheese, and onions. Custom burgers start with a foundation of daily-baked bread and a patty, which are then slathered with exotic sauces (from chipotle aioli to buttermilk ranch and tabasco ketchup) and layered with toppings such as crispy onion strings, breaded jalapeños, and grilled pineapple. From the burgers to the sweet-potato fries, the griddlemasters make all of their hearty, old-fashioned fare by hand.
With over 700 locations across 20 different countries and a selection of more than 50 rotating flavors in the soft-serve machines at Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt, there’s a flavor to suit everyone’s taste. The yogurt ranges from tangy lemon to refreshing mint and the sweet royal red velvet. After filling their cups, customers can adorn their yogurt with toppings from the bar such as candy pieces, fruit, and nuts.
Western Bagel has captured local tongues and breadbaskets since first exporting its circular treats to the bagel-barren West Coast 63 years ago. The freshly baked dough-discs cover a wide range of flavors and styles. Recruit a seasoned trio of sesame, poppy seed, and everything varieties from the stable of original recipes and erect a fort by spackling them with rich cream cheese. Meanwhile, each of the six alternative selections, all nearly fat-free and 110 calories, pack a flavorful punch without fostering paunch.