The family responsible for the rise of Casa Del Rey has been designing Mexican eats worthy of kings since 1972. Every day, chefs whip up house-made chips and salsa, stacking them alongside meals prepared in 100% canola oil without the presence of harmful substances such as trans fats, MSG, or radioactive beans. Whether catering for large groups or reloading the restaurant's tables, they tackle traditional dishes such as huevos rancheros, chili Colorado, and specialty burritos, and they also prepare fresh and hearty salads for health-conscious consumers. Both Casa Del Rey locations have full bars with domestic and imported beer, margaritas, and house alcoholic and nonalcoholic smoothies. The Sierra Madre shop welcomes private diners to a small banquet room and claims territory out on the sidewalk, where patrons can savor their meals while celebrating man's invention of sunshine.
Cafe 322's homey atmosphere and fare will remind you of your Italian grandmother’s Polish dinner table. Try a different lasagna each day ($12.95) with the lasagna de la casa, or opt for the sophisticated mélange of flavors in the fettuccini di spinaci e salsiccia with fresh spinach, Italian sausage, and fresh garlic sautéed in olive oil ($12.95). Cafe 322 also serves up some tasty meatier dishes, such as rack of lamb, herb-crusted and served with butter mashed potatoes that fall directly into that place in your heart reserved for mom, America, and butter ($22.95). Smaller plates include salads, sandwiches, grilled panini, and burgers. Stars of the gourmet pizza menu include the quatro formaggio (layered with fontina, mozzarella, gorgonzola, and parmesan cheeses, $12.95) and the flavorful grilled chicken pesto ($14.95).
The dinner menu at Corfu is packed with traditional dishes that are classic and polite enough to carry out to meet the parents. A Greek coffee ($1.95) and an appetizer of dolmades (stuffed grape leaves, $3.95) or cheese boreg (pan-fried cheese turnover, $5.95) lay down a proper foundation to support a mealtime skyscraper. Follow the appetite whetters with traditional souvlaki, a filet mignon kebab marinated and flame-broiled with vegetables ($17.95), or moussaka (eggplant casserole, $11.95), or dip into the briny blue with the ahi tuna ($18.95). An after-dinner drink such as cappuccino (single $2.95, double $3.95) or café mocha ($3.25, $4.25) paired with one of the fresh dessert pastries (made daily, ask your server for pricing) closes the book on a meal with authority, staring lesser poets in the eye and daring them to steal a few flavorful lines.
In mid-20th century America, a place that called itself a "coffee shop" was probably a small, casual restaurant serving hearty meals and industrial-grade coffee. In some ways, Bean Town Coffee House & Bakery hearkens back to that model, although the coffee?a private-label blend from The Sierra Madre Roasting Company?is surely a lot better. Gourmet burgers start sizzling on the grill around noon, drawing hungry lunchers on break from work or burger-making school. Patties come in three varieties: standard beef, turkey, or black bean, any one of which slides easily into creations such as the Bean Town burger, topped with black bean and corn spread, pepper jack cheese, and chipotle mayo.
Being a bakery, Bean Town has dessert covered, too. Guests can opt for sweet stuff such as a scoop of the Fosselman's ice cream, fresh-baked pastries, or a complimentary slice of warm Wi-Fi.
Tea is practically in Aruna's blood. Her family's ties to the drink include one grandfather who owned and worked on a tea estate and another grandfather who operated a tea room in Sri Lanka. When she founded T-Neer?after having the opportunity to travel the world with her family and sample teas from numerous countries?Aruna dedicated the tea room to their memory. Today, guests to T-Neer find a casual place to relax and enjoy a pot of light, slightly-sweet white tea or rich black tea along with a menu of freshly baked scones, half sandwiches, small cakes, and other light snacks. Additionally, the tea room hosts tastings, which provide guests with the opportunity to sample six of the more than 100 available teas.
Capers, cilantro pesto, barbecue chicken: these ingredients, along with more than 30 others, can top pizzas at Villaggio Pizzeria. Dough handlers craft build-your-own pies as well as California-style ones, which come crowned with West Coast–inspired toppings such as chipotle pesto and olive tapenade. The pies share a menu with other classic pizzeria treats, including buffalo wings, jumbo cheese ravioli, and oven-baked subs with housemade meatballs.