Flavorful syrups in bright colors rain over fluffy balls of finely shaved ice as staff at Oahu Shave Ice & Ice Cream craft their titular frozen treats. A whopping 80 different flavors?including sugar-free options with less than five calories per serving?douse the ice, which holds flavor more evenly than a traditional snow cone, creating Hawaiian-style masterpieces infused with tastes of blackberry, red velvet, or horchata. Order yours Oahu-style to add a scoop of ice cream?which comes in 16 milky flavors?and a Snow Cap of sweet vanilla cream.
Pizza is only one of the many tasty specialties that Canyon Pizza has to offer, but it sets a good precedent for the care and quality the chefs pour into all their dishes. Fresh ground sausage adorn the Spicy Sicilian pie, along with jalapenos, vine-ripened tomatoes, basil, and a thick layer of cheese, and they also arrive stuffed inside hot toasted subs brimming with gooey, melted mozzarella. If you're more of a veggie-lover, the Veggie Delight pizza features a medley of the freshest mushrooms, green peppers, tomatoes, onions, and black olives, while salads see the same crunchy ingredients tossed together with lettuce that the chefs chop fresh each and every day. Other homemade items include the garlic spread that cooks spread onto slices of garlic bread, and the chocolate chip cookies that they bake-to-order to ensure they taste just as good as the ones customers bake at home or inside their car's toaster oven. Of course, if you'd rather play the role of chef, Canyon Pizza also invites guests to create their own pies by choosing from a list of nearly two dozen ingredients, including ground beef, pepperonchini, sun-dried tomatoes, and hot buffalo wing sauce .
A person's choice of drink says a lot about them, though admittedly not as much as the fact that they're drinking it from a handmade amphora carved from the crystal skull of a hippogriff. Today's grapey Groupon lets you ooze sophistication and effortless worldliness from every pore without requiring immediate medical attention. For $20, you'll get $40 worth of pours and plates at Versai The Wine Bar, a Euro-like hot spot in Yorba Linda that specializes in rare sips, small plates, and nightly re-creations of Hannibal crossing the Alps using shadowpuppets. Versai The Wine Bar is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Cheese enchiladas are usually dinnertime treats. By crowning them with two eggs, however, cooks at Papa's Taco House & Cantina have created a delectable dish for weekend breakfasts. The rest of the eatery’s menu sticks to Mexican classics, from huevos rancheros doused with green chile to housemade tacos filled with al pastor and guacamole.
Bartenders complement each zesty feast with draft and bottled beers, house wines, and tequila shots. Taking a page from the cooks’ enchilada book, they also showcase their creativity with occasional specialty margaritas. Past concoctions have included the autumn-inspired “Manzarita”—a cinnamon, tequila, and apple juice blend served by a headless horseman.