With its light coral-colored walls, wooden window shutters, and rustic décor, El Rincon De Gypsy takes on the desert southwest personality of the building in which it resides. Nearly 140 years old, the adobe structure is lined with artwork and complimented by a roomy outdoor patio and dining area. Everyday, visitors may receive a free tour of the building, and on weekends, they can participate in free tarot card readings.
New York Bagel Café & Deli parades a fresh showcase of morning favorites and light fare starring more than 15 varieties of freshly baked bagels. Regular customers can pocket a Coffee Club card to help their bagel addiction finally pay sesame-seed dividends as they chew through breakfast and brunch fare before tackling a deli sandwich lineup crafted from premium Boar's Head meats. The café's full-service catering service can turn around numerous catering orders in 24 hours, allowing for quick party planning with large fruit platters, pastries, and specialty wraps arriving promptly to satisfy the needs of office parties and bagel ring-toss tournaments.
The dining room at View Restaurant and Terrace Lounge certainly lives up to its name. Wall-spanning windows look out onto the city and rolling hills in the distance, allowing diners to enjoy their casual fine-dining meals while gazing at views usually reserved for low-flying superheroes. Inside, the aesthetic is modern: colored lights fill the sleek, all-white interior with a bluish glow, glinting off of the liquor bottles behind the contoured bar. In the evenings, the space transforms into a lounge with local DJs, as crowds spill out onto the terrace to sip specialty martinis and domestic and imported beers.
La Huerta, formerly known as Azulejos, dishes up hearty Mexican-American cuisine from its central location inside the Camino Real. The executive chef endeavors to strike a balance between Mexican and American dishes that emphasize southwest flavors without an overly spicy kick or head pat. One of the eatery?s signature items?tortilla soup?emerges from simple, yet flavorful ingredients: a spicy tomato base, crisp tortillas, avocado, and melted cheese. La Huerta, which is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., also sets out a breakfast and lunch buffet stocked with tasty options.
Hot Dog on a Stick Founder Dave Barham opened his first Hot Dog on a Stick in Santa Monica in 1946, and the company has since burgeoned into an employee-owned franchise that's more than 100 eateries strong and spans 11 states. Best known for a 100% turkey hot dog dunked in corn-bread batter made from Dave's mother's recipe and cooked in soy oil, Hot Dog on a Stick also pioneered the dipping and be-sticking of mild american and spicy jalapeño jack cheese. Smiling employees in red-, white-, and blue-striped uniforms with, as Dave put it, "a splash of lemonade," hand over cherry, lime, sugar-free, or original lemonade that they make fresh every two hours by squeezing Ventura County lemons until they cry.
Alex Alqadi, who is from Jerusalem by way of Kuwait, recreates the city of his birth with the scents of frying falafel and warm pita. Colorful paintings of the Dome of the Rock further capture the feeling of visiting the eatery’s sun-steeped namesake city. In the restaurant, waiters carry plates laden with lamb shawarma and spanakopita to tables cloaked in carmine linens, and cooks roast eggplant in the oven to forge baba ghanoush or destroy evidence after breaking into a farmer’s vault.