Revolutionaries sling their bandoliers over the backs of their chairs and raise an intrigued eyebrow at the menu of tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, burritos, and salads. Dispatch fresh cilantro to the rich guacamole, mixed tableside and pounded smooth with a maraca ($8). Mole enchiladas with succulent chicken and queso fresco ($12) and shrimp tacos with bell pepper, tomatoes, and pineapple ($13.49) pique appetites and perk mustaches. The grilled flautas are served sizzling with rice and beans ($12.49), and when the season allows, Los Gringos' expert chefs prepare green corn tamales ($10).
"To be honest, when I opened DISH I was just looking for a place where I could get a good grilled cheese sandwich for my kids, and a decent cup of coffee for me," says Kevin Finch, the founder of DISH. The idea grew exponentially over time; Kevin had spent the late 1980s working the culinary boom of Sonoma County, so he naturally was inclined to include great wines and slightly more sophisticated menu items. But not too sophisticated: the hallmark of DISH that it's comfortable, a place where you can eat food that might remind you of what your grandmother used to make. In that spirit, the restaurant itself has an antique vibe LA Weekly described as "an old-fashioned, slightly rustic feel, like a farmhouse kitchen in an orange orchard, 1925."
The magazine went on to say that, "At breakfast, the room is as bright and sunny as a conservatory." The dishes are bright, too, such as yellow omelets studded with avocado and red potatoes and made from cage-free eggs from the smartest chickens. The five-page breakfast menu is also popular for the jonnycakes––cornmeal cakes that conceal whole kernels of sweet corn. Later in the day, guests can order an old-school cobb salad adored by LA Times food critic Merrill Shindler, Black Angus sirloin burgers, and pork belly paired with macaroni and cheese. The dishes are made using ingredients from local farmer's markets and food purveyors, a touch that no doubt helped the restaurant land its Three-Diamond Award from AAA.
Recessed lights cast a buttery glow on the salon's cherry-red walls and bright yellow floor tiles. Amid these accents, skilled stylists engineer face-framing layers and alter strands with bold color highlights. Though Salon Royale specializes in ethnic hair, the talented staff is expertly equipped to handle hair of every length, texture, and hat preference.
3 Drunken Goats Restaurant takes its name from cabra al vino, a Spanish cheese soaked in wine for two to three days. It's an apt fit for the eatery, where Spanish wine and sangria pair with a menu rife with Spanish tapas. Savor piquillo peppers filled with idiazabal cheese, scallops wrapped in Spanish ham, and a grilled octopus and chorizo plate praised by LA Weekly.
Other artfully plated items include entrees like grilled salmon with pocha beans and desserts such as churros with chocolate sauce. You might be able to smell your dish being prepared in the open kitchen from 3 Drunken Goats' high-ceilinged dining room, where dark woods surround wine racks and a flat-screen TV broadcasting the latest sports.
Chef Nadav Bashan's carefully constructed New American cuisine has earned accolades from the Los Angeles Times and a rating of "extraordinary to perfection" from Zagat. But diners won't have to traipse to a ritzy downtown restaurant to get it. That's because the chef opted to practice his elegant art in out-of-the-way Glendale, at a self-named eatery whose 40-seat dining room is overseen by Romy, his wife. There, the couple strives to give the fine-dining experience a mom-and-pop feel: "We treat everyone that walks through our door as if they are a guest at our house," Romy says on their website.
This commitment to pleasant service lets customers keep the focus where it should be: on the food. Though they constantly rotate, Nadav's previous menus of seasonally inspired cuisine have included wild mediterranean sea bass, sword-tip squid, and other dishes that highlight what Los Angeles magazine calls his "finesse with seafood." He also draws on his experience in high-profile kitchens at The Lobster, Michael's, and Providence to gather fresh ingredients from local markets for each dish. Such continuing attention to detail helped earned Bashan Restaurant a spot on Zagat's list of LA's best New American restaurants in 2012.
The Bashans' business "really is a labor of love," as Nadav told the Glendale News-Press, and they leave no aspect of it untouched. The restaurant's decor incorporates driftwood and grass wall accents that complement the naturalness of the cuisine. At the bar, custom walnut wine racks hold bottles from Australia, Chile, and Italy next to taps that can dispense craft brews or refreshing, locally sourced breezes.