Original Pollo Bowl at El Pollo Loco

The Pollo Bowl is a popular and relatively healthful—not to mention delicious—alternative to most fast foods. The chicken is flame-grilled right before your eyes and served over Spanish rice and pinto beans, topped with onions, cilantro and your choice of salsa. Eating well (and cheap!) has never tasted so good. $4.29, multiple locations.

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Shishito Peppers at Ra Sushi

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Shishito Peppers at Ra Sushi

Tender but with just the right amount of spring and snap left in them, a dish of green shishito peppers is the ideal way to kick off a meal at Ra Sushi. The plump peppers are sautéed with garlic and tossed with black sesame seeds, togarashi, sriracha and Tsuyu No Moto (seasoned soy sauce). They run the gamut from mild to the occasional spicy surprise, but mostly they just deliver a satisfying warmth that will rev you up for the sushi that’s to come. $7, in Fashion Show, 696-0008, RaSushi.com.



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