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.
When describing The Magic Pan Restaurant's cuisine to Ventanas Magazine, owner Annette Lawrence, an El Paso native, described it as "gourmet with a Southwestern flair." Homemade sauces and dressings in flavors such as honey Tabasco and creamy cilantro lime add kick to fresh salads served with sides such as pecan cornbread, while parmesan cream laced with peppery chipotle spices up a classic bowl of fettuccini alfredo. Smoked and roasted meats fill the majority of the restaurant's sandwiches, which are held together by focaccia, brioche, ciabatta, or the telekinetic powers of the kitchen's chef, and meaty entrees such as prime angus ribeye with smoked sea salt, cognac, and fresh herb compound butter reveal the kitchen's talent for updating culinary classics.
According to Ventanas Magazine, The Magic Pan's interior also combines flavors from around the globe in a design scheme orchestrated by Lawrence and her daughter Vanessa. At The Pan Restaurant on Cincinnati Street, work from local furniture makers is showcased alongside pieces imported from Bali, while guests to the original restaurant on Doniphan Drive enjoy their vibrant fare while surrounded by colorful, original artwork or patio planters filled with exotic flowers.:m]]
As you might expect, Wings Drinks & Other Things has two specialties: cold beer and chicken wings glazed with flavorful sauces. Mild honey barbecue, sweet-and-sour, and lemon pepper are just a few flavor options. Guests can also snack on juicy burgers while gazing at the flat-screen TVs mounted to the spot's brick walls.
The stunning buffet at Tokyo House Grill and Sushi Buffet is littered with colorful maki rolls that beckon diners to be adventurous. In addition to sushi, chefs line plates with fresh fruit, steamed edamame, kimchi, and seaweed salads, and tropical drinks such as pi?a coladas and margaritas are available from the bar.
Only meat eaters need enter the doors of Mo'z Bar-B-Que, where Texan mesquite and oak wood feeds an open flame inside the barbecue pit. Served as ribs, brisket, or sausage, seared pork and beef can be served on plates or stuffed into sandwiches, accompanied by sides such as potato salad and fries.