Home of Chicken and Waffles is an upscale '60s-themed diner with a full bar of specialty cocktails to complement the menu of hearty comfort fare. As chefs load Southern-style or gravy-smothered chicken onto plates next to signature waffles, Motown grooves fill the dining room?unless it's Sunday, when gospel music reigns. Homestyle sides such as grits, greens, and candied yams trim plates of crispy chicken. The kitchen prides itself on using fresh ingredients?real milk and cheese make the mac 'n' cheese creamy, and real beans prove tastier than holographic beans. Every dish is named after a member of the owner's family, who gaze down on patrons from vibrant portraits behind the counter.
Fuchsia and blue lights cast cream curtains and plush white couches in the last shades of sunset. DJs reinforce the feeling that a thrilling night is just falling by spinning pulsating electronica. The murmur of conversation drifts from the lounge-like dining area to a sushi bar, where chefs twist together maki with white tuna, snow crab, tobiko, and smoked sea salt. Towering stalks of bamboo sway overhead, as though one has traveled to the east or at least sleepwalked into a panda enclosure.
In the kaleidoscopic glow of ubiquitous neon lights, a bartender stirs blood orange vodka martinis for four guests at a table laden with tapas dishes. A DJ from Las Vegas spins progressive house music, sending bass thrumming through the entire club. This is a nightly scene at the ultra modern Redux Lounge, which gracefully blurs the line between hot nightclub and elegant tapas restaurant. In the afternoons before Redux shape shifts into a club, the kitchen grills seafood, tapas, and kebabs, often pairing them with one of Redux' house wines or martinis. At 10:00 p.m., the party starts. Disc jockeys fly in on magic carpets from LA, Las Vegas, San Francisco to spin tunes spanning the last 70 years of pop music. Redux' intelligent LED lighting system syncs up with every syncopation, flashing over the dance floor to the beat of the music. Outside on two heated outdoor patios, barkeeps mix gourmet cocktails for lounging guests. The kitchen stays open until close (2 a.m.) to fuel private parties in VIP areas and excited cheers in the sports lounge. Caterers also rush out through the bustling lounge, toting drinks and food to special events.
Cafe Duzni is located along the beautiful busy town of Walnut Creek, California. We serve fresh homemade fare that is both, health conscious and delicious. Our hearty sandwiches are made with only the choicest meats and fresh vegetables. All of our breads are freshly baked.
It would be hard to find a group of people more suited to find a fresh take on the Mexican restaurant than the team behind Maria Maria La Cantina. The menu was designed by Roberto Santiba?ez, a James Beard nominee described on The Martha Stewart Show as "an undeniable authority on traditional and contemporary Mexican cuisine." His menu was partly inspired by iconic musician Carlos Santana, who helped shape the globally minded live music program that sets up shop on Tuesdays and on weekends. He's also responsible for the artwork, the restaurant's name, and perhaps indirectly for any conga lines snaking through the giant, shaded patio.
There are plenty of classic dishes?the ever-popular pepper-crusted skirt steak, for one?but guests will also notice Santibanez's use of unexpected ingredients. Guacamole is bulked up with crab and shrimp, taco shells are lined with braised duck, and short ribs are blanketed in blueberry mole. The cocktails are equally inventive; the Key Lime Fusion, for example, hits the sweet spot between a pie and a pi?a colada.
You'll find much more than just ground beef, cheese, and beans in the burritos at 360 Degrees Gourmet Burritos. The burrito chefs here don't create standard run-of-the-mill Mexican cuisine?instead, they craft mouthwatering burritos stuffed with gourmet, healthy ingredients. For meat eaters, they can flame-broil steak and prawns, then wrap it all up with jalapenos, tomatoes, cilantro, and red onions. Or, they can marinate chicken with garlic and lime, and add in a heaping helping of Spanish rice, black, beans, and fresh salsa. For vegetarians, they get even more creative, blending together tofu, broccoli, and mushrooms sauteed with lemon and garlic. And for international appetites, they have something special too?a section of the menu is devoted to burritos and burrito bowls that take influence from cuisines around the world. There's the Thai burrito, for instance, stuffed with spicy peanuts, bell peppers, carrots, and bean sprouts, as well as a curry burrito, a spicy-sweet mix of curry sauce, veggies, and raisins.