2912 N. Henderson
The porch has many off-the-menu dishes, including ahi tuna ceviche with diced mango, red onion and chiles, served on an avocado cilantro puree with tortilla chips.
We once spied Graham Dodds, the Central 214 chef who studied cooking in Thailand, eating there with his family. So you know it’s good. One dish not on the menu: fresh basil with salmon, grilled or fried, on rice.
Jimmy’s Food Store
Jimmy’s Italian beef makes for a terrific sandwich. Equally alluring? Jimmy’s Italian sausage sandwich. Locals know; you don’t have to choose. Ask for the combo: an Italian beef sandwich with Jimmy’s sausage, mild or hot, and melted provolone and mozzarella, topped with peppers and au jus.
Torchy’s is coming soon to Casa Linda Plaza and SMU Blvd. The “ace of spades” is taco-of-the-month once a year, but it’s available all the time. And it’s a whopper: a flour tortilla stuffed with jalapeño sausage, smoked brisket, a fried egg, cheese, green chili peppers, cilantro, queso fresco, sour cream and Torchy’s signature Diablo hot sauce.
6332 La Vista
The Mi Cocina Lakewood location is under construction and is expected to open this summer. Order like a regular: queso con chorizo features house-made Mexican sausage and aged Monterrey Jack cheese. Queso con hongos has mushrooms, poblano peppers and onions. Both dishes are served with warm flour tortillas.
Yes, Richard Avila’s Mextopia is known for its brisket tacos, but there’s also torta de brisket, a sandwich served with fried potatoes. Also on the secret menu: camarones mango, shrimp coated with cojita cheese, flash fried and served with a mango dipping sauce.
6341 La Vista
This romantic spot in the Lakewood shopping center has been around for more than 20 years, and they are keeping things fresh with updates to the building and menu. Angelo’s has online delivery, a new menu and a full bar. A new patio is coming soon. Items no longer on the menu but still available include pasta primavera and seafood siciliano, which is linguine with scallops, shrimp and mushrooms in a garlic butter sauce.
Matt’s Rancho Martinez
Matt’s is returning to Lakewood soon with its new location on Skillman. Their famous off-the-menu dish is Mexican pizza. The pizza crust is a taco shell, topped with beans, cheese, rice and other toppings.
Veggie pirashki is lavash with grilled veggies, pan-sautéed to a crisp and served with sesame sauce. Izmir recently launched a new menu, which includes fish and several new entrées.
Scalini’s sometimes runs penne rustica as a special in the colder months, but it’s available anytime: penne baked with meat sauce and ricotta, mushrooms, red onion, spinach and basil.
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