Locally situated and independently owned, Sips Coffee clears bleary eyes with an assortment of caffeinated concoctions and savory pastries. Shake off nightmares of coffee bean uprisings with a tea latte, which melds milk and sugar with a selection of aromatic teas that include passion fruit, earl grey, jasmine, and more ($3.35–$3.95). Try dousing steamy maws with an iced coffee ($2.35–$2.70) or creamy blended smoothie ($3.90–$4.35) before indulging in flaky pastries ($1.95–$2.15), fruit cups ($4.75), and sandwiches ($5.55). Sips Coffee's amicable gang of bean barons also trade their blends in bulk, which can double as paperweights when penning a voluminous coming-of-age tome about a free-spirited West Coast coffee bean ($5.75–$12). Sips Coffee hosts live, local music on weekends, and spirited patrons can utilize free WiFi to stream live videos of their own interpretive dances during each song.
One day the owner of a grey Lexus LFA—a supercar that retails for $450,000—decided he didn’t like the color. Rather than renovating it with a paint job, he turned to Victor and the experts at Invisible Edge, who outfitted the two-seater with 3M DI-NOC carbon fiber vinyl and transformed it into an eye-catching yellow powerhouse. It’s all in a day’s work for Victor, who has had a passion for cars since his childhood, and still follows F1 and Indy racing. He and his team work on all makes and models, applying clear paint-protecting bras, window tint film, and vehicle wraps from brands such as 3M, VentureShield, and XPEL.
The chefs of Java Deli & Subs load up your choice of bread with a selection of deli meats and cheeses, crafting hot and cold sandwiches that can be customized to satisfy midday cravings. The sandwiches are available in 8- and 12-inch incarnations, which were also the two goatee lengths Mark McGwire sported in his baseball career. They combine hearty cuts of meat such as roast beef, scoops of tuna, and chicken breast with a choice of toppings.
From 14-hour days during the beginnings of their first restaurant in Long Beach more than 37 years ago, Super Mex founders Manuel and Socorro Orozco built franchises across Southern California. Inspired by the local cuisine of the village he was born in—Villa Jimenez, Michoacan, Mexico—Manuel brought his passion for traditional Mexican food to California, where the business grew with a dedicated following of college students. Striving to craft dishes that taste homemade, Super Mex offers Mexican classics such as burritos, tostadas, and flautas.
Extreme Pita's sandwiches serve as a healthier, tastier alternative to fast-food options. Pitas are filled with meats, veggies, and flavorful sauces in inventive combinations. Chef-inspired sandwiches are inspired by various cuisines, with bourbon chipotle sauce giving grilled chicken a Big Easy kick and sweet chili sauce lending a Thai-inspired spin to the philly steak. Nutritional information for each sandwich is readily available on the website, and diners can eat with a clearer conscience and smaller carbon footprint knowing that Extreme Pita partakes in a number of green initiatives, such as recycling whenever possible and using tankless water heaters and Energy-Star-rated refrigerators.