Swing into the casual eatery elegance of Trattoria Tiramisu, where the crowd is unpretentious, the wine list is extensive, and the menu properly represents Pangaea's lost boot. The multi-regional Italian flavors shine through traditional plates such as mozzarella caprese comprised of fresh mozza, sliced tomato, basil, and extra virgin olive oil ($9.50). Meatier dishes include sliced pork loin dressed in rosemary, sage, and juniper-berry Chianti sauce ($17.50), and the ocean-emptying linguine frutti di mare served up with black mussels, clams, scallops, calamari, and shrimp ($18.50). Eating your fingers is gross, but eating ladyfingers laced with espresso and marscapone cheese is traditional tiramisu ($6).
Baja Brothers Grill offers dine in, take our or catering. We specialize in delicious grilled carne asada, pollo asado, pork carnitas and shrimp entrees that are seasoned with a marinade that is made from a special blend of citrus juice, spices, and seasonings and then grilled to perfection.
It’s called La Torta Cafe for a reason. Tortas are the specialty here, dominating the menu in 39 different incarnations. There’s #13T on the menu, the Carne Asada Torta, filled with seasoned steak, cheddar cheese, avocado, and "The Works." The traditional thick torta rolls here might brim with more expected fillings, such as stuffed pasilla peppers, carne asada, marinated pork and pineapple, or breaded steak. They might also conceal less traditional deli fare, from tuna and melted cheddar to roast beef. Either way, there are also the quesadillas, tacos, and burritos that fill the best Mexican menus and the worst time capsules.
Riviera Supper Club and Turquoise Room gives do-it-yourselfers a reason to eat outside the kitchen. Like a classy backyard without the tuxedo-clad bug zappers, the restaurant serves platters of raw filet mignon, pork spare ribs, and bratwursts for diners to cook up on an enormous, indoor communal grill. Yet much of the guesswork is taken out of the equation: every steak is USDA Choice, every rack of ribs comes pre-seasoned with a dry rub, and every side dish takes shape in the kitchen under the eye of skilled chefs. And those same culinary masters can also handle the rest of the cooking if guests desire to stay away from the heat—the menu also includes entrees of slow-braised pork and roast chicken.
This family-style grilling experience is just one facet of a two-sided coin. The Turquoise Room stirs up a different sort of nostalgia, harkening back to the age of lounge singers and strong cocktails with a mid-century bar. There, glasses of Pimm's Cup and martinis served with blue-cheese-stuffed olives offset bacon-fat popcorn and garlic bread topped with sauteed onions. To further the club experience, live bands of every genre play in the space throughout the week.