Though first invented to preserve the modesty of nude plates, food has quickly risen to prominence as an edible and essential part of life. Today's Groupon stocks your stomach with eminently edible diner fare: for $12, you get $25 worth of dine-in, carryout, or delivered food and drinks from California Grill, an upscale diner in Whittier. The emphasis at this family-owned restaurant is on fresh food and produce, and its family-friendly atmosphere makes it the perfect place to stop after a heated argument over who is taller.
The California Grill features a menu as big as a windmill factory. The selection is as vast as a diner's, but with an upscale twist. While waiting in line for one of the Grill's popular breakfasts, you'll have time to practice your close-up magic and perhaps meet famed Western character actor Burton Gilliam. Once seated, try the extra omelette ($9.25), an egg slab enhanced with avocado, bacon, mushrooms, sausage, and sliced onions and your choice of jack or cheddar cheese folded in the middle. For a sweeter choice, there's the french toast ambrosia ($7.45), french toast capped with a beret of seasonal fruit and whipped cream. Coffee ($1.85) is available, as are fancy blended drinks such as cappuccinos ($3.75) and an ice-blended mocha ($4.95). Breakfast is served Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Stroll in a bit later for lunch or dinner, the nocturnal person's lunch. Try sitting in the enclosed outdoor patio; cut off from street noise, it's the perfect middle ground between dining with nature at your table and slamming the door in nature's face. The interior, much like the menu, has a classic diner feel, with blinds on the windows, big brown booths, and shiny tabletops. For midday to evening eating, you can choose from a progressive wine list, a large selection of salads, plentiful sandwiches, equally generous entrees, and pasta platters. The salmon salad ($11.45) features fresh salmon strewn over romaine lettuce and is dotted with a blushing trio of red potatoes, tomatoes, and red onions; lemon vinaigrette and parmesan complete the backup vocals. For a healthful sandwich, try the Hawaiian chicken ($8.95), starring charbroiled chicken, teriyaki sauce, cottage cheese, sliced pineapple and other fruit, and a slice of wheat toast as sidekick. For dinner, there's the fish and chips ($11.45), Icelandic cod with an English accent, or the California chicken piccata ($14.45), a bone-free chicken breast sautéed in garlic and bell peppers with a white-wine caper-lemon sauce that will hype you up for your next lemon-stealing caper.
- Leaning a little more towards family-friendly diner than fresh and trendy cafe, this restaurant focuses on the aesthetic of comfort and ease. Located across the street from the tranquil Whittier College campus, the casual spot invites students and families with its big green awnings, plush booths and broad range of California-inspired dishes. The eclectic menu includes a sampling of breakfast dishes, large salads, sandwiches, burgers, pastas, Mexican dishes and grilled meats. – Whitney Moore, Citysearch
6751 Painter Ave.
Whittier, California 90601Get Directions