There are a lot of steps to creating bagels. But rather than take shortcuts such as freezing dough and pre-baking items, the staff at Top of the Bagel Cafe complete every step in the early hours of morning. This helps them ensure their bagels are fresh, soft, and ready for customers by their 5:30 a.m. weekday opening time.
They begin by mixing the dough, which they then boil into perfect circles before baking them into fluffy, unsliced rounds. Once bagels have cooled slightly, chefs can slather them with one of the seven styles of cream cheese or lox, or slice them in half to create the shop's signature sandwiches. These include breakfast items made with scrambled eggs, or even open-faced melts topped with a gooey layer of cheese. In addition to bagels, they serve up a range of drinks, such as cups of coffee, smoothies made from fresh fruit, and sodas squeezed from fresh vending machines.
No matter where you sit at Parioli Italian Bistro, you’ll be treated to excellent Italian food and romantic lighting. From the cozy outdoor patio lit with hanging strings of lights, guests order rack of lamb or housemade lobster ravioli. Inside the dining room, a fire crackles and candles flicker on tables dressed in white cloths. When not savoring a plate of steamed mussels or gnocchi, guests can learn the secrets behind the tantalizing dishes during cooking classes, which treat students to a multi-course meal with wine, just like Home Ec class in school.
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Ensconced in the center of historic Rancho Santa Fe, Pantry conjures forth a cornucopia of made-from-scratch American comfort fare infused with fresh flavors and light twists. Dinner patrons or lazy, unholy monstrosities who are only awake from 5:30 to 9 p.m. can quell carnivorous cravings with an all-natural bone-in pork chop, graciously served with grilled caponata, red bliss potatoes, and seasonal vegetables (14 oz., $23.75). Lunch-farers, meanwhile, can get their growling stomach to stop dropping F-bombs with the thousand island chicken sandwich pinned by bacon, field greens, and house thousand island dressing ($10.75). Full lunch and dinner menus, along with pricing and hours of operation, can be found here.
This vestige of traditional cuisine presents an all-encompassing menu of delectable dishes made from a jet-setting fish set flown in directly from Japan. Commence consumption with time-honored entrees such as sunomono salad, a marinated milieu of seasoned seafood and cucumbers ($9.75), or a grilled salmon filet brushed with house-made teriyaki sauce ($18.75). Rice-wrapped sushi rolls ($5.50) stuffed with delicately diced albacore tataki ($5.50) please uppity palates, and inside-out rolls, such as the avocado-coated caterpillar roll ($12.25), transport diners to an alternate universe funded by Dwight D. Eisenhower. Walls adorned with Asian artwork, a regionally inspired dining room, and a marquee sushi bar support Nobu's traditionally inspired space, ideal for tipping back glasses of wine, beer, or imported sake.
Named Best of Del Mar in 2009 and 2010 by the U.S. Commerce Association and winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, Paradise Grille has created an eclectic menu of gourmet fare alongside an expansive drink menu and opulent décor. Tastebuds making equatorial expeditions can take an explosive opening with the firecracker shrimp starter, drizzled in peppery kung-pao sauce and crowned with peanuts, cilantro, and an assemblage of daikon-carrot salad ($13). Much like a monocle-donning Yosemite Sam, comfort fare is given an upscale edge with 15-hour braised angus short ribs, served with whipped Yukon Gold potatoes, cipollini, English peas, cherry tomato, and a red wine demi-glace ($27). High-class hunger sating comes in a handheld variety as well, with a number of succulent burgers and brick-oven pizzas, including the white truffle pizza, scattered with roasted mushroom, creamy ricotta, shaved black truffle, verdant arugula, and white-truffle oil ($16).