The new, family-owned Chihuahua-style restaurant is located at the rear of 2030 E. Broadway Blvd. As of Sept. 15, the restaurant will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., but for now, it's open at lunch with an all-you-can-eat buffet ($5.95) on Wednesday and Friday, serving chiles rellenos, steak picado, red and green chili, cocido and more; 624-9105.
Que Se RA
Starting mid-September, RA Sushi Bar Restaurant adds new cocktail and menu items. For liquid refreshment, try the blue fin martini (Bacardi Limon and Blue Curacao) and screaming ninja (Jagermeister, Rumplemintz and Momokawa pearl sake chilled, shaken and served up). The kitchen debuts green tea soba noodle salad and sake steamed clams. From the sushi bar, dig into low-carb salmon carpaccio and Latin-Asian albacore. Find RA at 2905 E. Skyline Drive, 615-3970.
Wildflower in Bloom
Autumn brings an inspired repertoire of New American cuisine and outstanding wines. Added to the dinner menu are sautéed shrimp with soba noodles and baby bok choy with sweet red chili vinaigrette, and grilled sirloin filet with vine ripened tomato and wild field greens with gorgonzola vinaigrette. The clever wine list is divided into categories: Screw cap whites featuring excellent white wines--the latest trend to prevent cork residue in fine wines. Attack of the pinot clones from vineyards that use clone varieties to create their pinots. Degrees of zin are a bold selection of zinfandels listed by the percentage of alcohol content. Located at 7037 N. Oracle Road, 219-4230.
Is soba (SOH-buh) the new soy? Soba is a Japanese noodle made from buckwheat and wheat flour which gives it a dark brownish-gray color. Hmm. Gray is not exactly my favorite food color.
Coming before the end of the year will be Botanica, a gourmet raw foods (not sushi) cafe attached to Anjali yoga studios and day spa near Fourth Avenue.