Malbec, jalapeños, lemons, limes, apples, honey, and citrus cola. At Bandidos, these eclectic ingredients come together to form the picoso. It’s one of the eatery’s four signature sangrias, each one flooded with a different combination of creative and distinct flavors. But drinks only make up half of the menu. Bandidos also lets diners build their own Mexican meals. Referencing blueprints drawn on the table in guacamole, customers choose the foundation—taco, burrito, tostada, or salad greens—and then add meat or veggies, as well as toppings such as rice, beans, pico de gallo, cheese, and salsa.
The owners of Bobbi Sue BBQ are proud to hail from the South. To pay homage to the heritage of Southern food—with its focus on wholesome ingredients and slow cooking—they draw on family recipes to smoke beef brisket and ribs, brine pork shoulder for an entire day, and deep-fry hand-battered chicken. After their dinner guests chow down on classic barbecue dishes and a veritable who's who of starters and sides, ranging from chili and fried pickles to collards and fried green tomatoes, they can complete meals with red velvet cake or deep-fried Oreos.
Chefs draw influences from across the Mediterranean?including Italy, Greece, and Turkey?to craft dishes such as grilled lamb, pan-seared seafood, and blanched pastas soused in dollops of rosemary reduction or creamy coconut-lime shrimp sauce. Although waiters most often furnish glasses and guests' self-brought sippy cups with California wine, they also pour varietals from South Africa and Turkey. Thick drapes hang from the high ceilings, separating a chandelier-lit dining room from a television-lined bar area. In addition to its backlit shelves of potent spirits, the bar catches visitors' eyes with an artful piece that features several concentric rings of kaleidoscopically illuminated glass and metal.
New England–style fresh seafood items, such as smoked fish dip and lobster rolls, accompany blackened ribeye and gorgonzola chicken pasta to tables at Longboards. Inside, hanging longboards and flat-screen televisions unite in their skinniness to forge a laid-back yet entertaining setting, similar to a monk's cabin placed in the middle of a red-light district. Behind the longboard-shaped bar, a libation wizard concocts house-made juice-infused cocktails and doles out craft brews to supplement a list of 16 bottled beers such as Avery White Rascal and Stone IPA. Porters, pilsners, IPAs, and ciders further solidify the eatery's credibility as a haven for hops.
Since no surfing-styled venue would be complete without an alfresco component, Longboards also maintains an outdoor patio replete with a mini wooden walkway and a decorated Airstream. Trees, lights strung overhead, and colorful longboard murals ensconce patio denizens in an atmosphere utterly bereft of dullness.