Hungry stomachs often employ desperate methods to forget their yearnings, such as reenacting earthquakes, imitating lions, and knitting scarves for everyone in the office. Quell awkward artistic rumblings with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of café fare and drinks at The Limelight, located on Alhambra Boulevard.
The Limelight serves up delicious café fare to augment the well-established bar and card-room festivities. The daily breakfast menu showcases a variety of egg scrambles ($8.50–$8.95) and omelets (from $7.95) that inspire hens to chug protein shakes while butter languorously melts down stacks of pancakes and waffles (from $4).
The lunch and dinner menu launches feast rockets with fried zucchini planks and dollops of ranch or blue-cheese dressing ($7.95). Sandwiches establish palate protectorates ruled over by charismatic leaders such as the half-pound speedy burger with chipotle dressing (from $8.95) or pulled pork sliders with crispy onions ($9.95). House-made lasagna features four distinct cheeses layers, sautéed spinach, mushrooms, and either bolognese meat sauce or marinara towering between tiers of al dente pasta, with a green salad on the side ($9.95). Die-hard carnivores and inveterate Yankees can sink canines into the grilled half-pound Angus New York steak flanked by grilled onions, mashed potatoes, and fresh vegetables ($13.95).
Limelight’s lasagna, steaks, and salads compete for space in stomachs as patrons in an adjacent card room compete in Texas hold'em and blackjack. A wooden bar next to exposed-brick walls keeps glasses full and brains busy with questions about the presidential line of succession during Tuesday-night trivia. During weekend brunches, omelets and pancakes ornament the plates of diners still musing over last night’s dreams about a dolphin water-polo league.