Archives for January 7, 2016

Chuck E. Cheese’s New Pretzel Dippers Will Please Every Palate The Country’s Family Dining and Entertainment Leader Debuts a Satisfyingly Salty Snack the Whole Family Can Share


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It’s a new year, so why not try new things? Now is the perfect time to try Chuck E. Cheese’s brand new Pretzel Dippers with delicious cheesy dipping sauce, at Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurants nationwide.


“Soft pretzels have been an American favorite for years, so we’re excited to bring our guests a dip-friendly, share-centric variety of this old standby,” said Chef Gregory Casale, senior director of culinary innovation for CEC Entertainment, Inc. “Our mom and kid-approved pretzel sticks are great for the whole family and a delicious treat to complement any of Chuck E. Cheese’s taste-test winning pizzas, salads or wraps.”


Pretzel Dippers will only be available until March 31, so don’t miss the chance to get your hands on these salty, cheesy treats before they’re gone. Balance out Pretzel Dippers’ savory flavor with something sweet, like Chuck E. Cheese’s churros with white chocolate and salted caramel dipping sauces.


About CEC Entertainment, Inc.

For nearly 40 years, CEC Entertainment has served as the nationally recognized leader in family dining and entertainment and the place Where A Kid Can Be A Kid®. Chuck E. Cheese’s goal is to create positive, lifelong memories for families through fun, food, and play. Each Chuck E. Cheese’s features musical entertainment, games, rides, and play areas for kids of all ages, as well as a variety of freshly prepared dining options. Committed to providing a fun, safe environment, Chuck E. Cheese’s helps protect families through industry-leading programs such as Kid Check®. As a strong advocate for its local communities and childhood education, Chuck E. Cheese’s has donated more than $12 million to schools through its fundraising programs. The Company and its franchisees operate a system of 591 Chuck E. Cheese’s and 140 Peter Piper Pizza stores, with locations in 47 states and 11 foreign countries and territories. For more information, visit and or connect with us on social media:


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Stay tuned! SoCal City Kids will be reviewing Chuck E. Cheese in the near future!

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Rubio’s® Restaurants Reveals Latest Commitment to Food Quality Company Plans to Serve Only All Natural Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics, All Natural Bacon With no Nitrates or Nitrites Added, and More

Rubio’s® Restaurants today announced its plan to serve only all natural chicken raised without antibiotics and all natural bacon with no nitrates or nitrites added, except those naturally occurring in natural ingredients, in entrees across the Rubio’s menu beginning in the Spring of 2016. This new set of actions is part of Rubio’s ongoing “Made With a Mission” commitment – to serve coastal food that not only tastes great, but that its guests can feel great about eating.

Rubio’s has been committed to serving delicious coastal food made with quality ingredients for years, as demonstrated through the sustainable seafood found across its menu, daily handmade salsas and guacamole featuring rich and creamy Hass Avocados, and fresh produce that arrives throughout the week from California’s Salinas Valley, when possible. The Rubio’s supply chain team also regularly visits its suppliers and farms to ensure safety and that the best ingredients are being served.

“Our promise to source quality ingredients started when we opened the first Rubio’s restaurant in San Diego more than 30 years ago,” said Ralph Rubio, co-founder of Rubio’s. “It’s always been important to us that our guests feel good about what they are eating, and that starts with the ingredients we use. As guests’ expectations progress over time, and the demand for simple ingredients and transparency grows, we will continue to evolve our ingredients to stay ahead of the changing expectations.”

Rubio’s food quality comes from being selective, and that’s why the Rubio’s culinary team also keeps a list of ingredients that are never allowed in the Rubio’s kitchen. Artificial sweeteners, certified FD&C colors, added MSG and partially hydrogenated oil are just a few of the many ingredients you will never find in Rubio’s food, with the exception of certain drinks and desserts. The complete list of these ingredients can be viewed here.

As part of its “Made With a Mission”commitment, Rubio’s also intends to remove artificial flavors and caramel coloring from its food (excluding some drinks and desserts) and is exploring the introduction of sustainable, wild-caught Salmon, all natural beef raised without antibiotics, and flour tortillas made with even simpler ingredients.

For more information about Rubio’s Coastal Grill and its food philosophy, visit Guests can also join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter at

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Rubio’s first opened in 1983, in the San Diego neighborhood of Mission Bay. Today, counting the ocean as a source of inspiration, Rubio’s uses sustainable seafood in nearly all of its seafood dishes and continues to expand its menu with innovative recipes ranging from seafood tacos and burritos to California Bowls and crisp fresh salads. In addition, Rubio’s offers grilled marinated chicken and steak, “no fried” pinto beans™, handmade guacamole, a variety of proprietary salsas, and craft beer and sangria beverage options. The award-winning restaurant regularly receives accolades for its famous Original Fish Taco®. It was also recently named the number one Mexican chain on Consumer Reports’ latest survey as well as ranked as one of Fast Casual’s ‘Top 50 Movers and Shakers’. Rubio’s participates in a variety of ocean-centric efforts throughout the year including its annual CoastFest celebration and beach cleanup. Rubio’s is headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., has over 4,000 employees and currently operates 194 restaurants in California, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Nevada. For more information, visit


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Islands Restaurants Makes a Splash with New Topanga Location Bringing signature burgers, tropical drinks and good vibes to the San Fernando Valley

Known for specialty burgers, fresh-cut fries and ice-cold drinks, Islands Restaurants will bring its beach-inspired atmosphere to a new location in Los Angeles County. Located at 6600 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, the region’s newest Islands  opened January 6, 2016.
Debuting at Westfield Topanga – the region’s premiere shopping, dining and entertainment destination – the new restaurant location is the perfect spot for a post-shopping meal or drinks after an event. Architecturally, the new Islands location boasts an open and airy feel with fantastic big screen TVs visible from anywhere in the restaurant, ideal for cheering on sports teams or catching the latest surf videos.
 “We are proud to bring a new Islands to the region,” said Michael Smith, president of Islands Restaurants. “Since opening our first location in Los Angeles more than 33 years ago, the San Fernando Valley has been very supportive. We currently have 9 locations in The Valley region and can’t think of a better new location than the Westfield Topanga center. We look forward to being a partner in the community and offering guests a neighborhood place to enjoy a great meal with family and friends.”
The Islands menu features delicious burgers such as the classic Big Wave or the Hawaiian topped with fresh grilled pineapple, teriyaki sauce and Swiss cheese; a variety of flavorful beach tacos and fresh salads; and its famed Island Fries – fresh-cut daily and cooked to crispy perfection. Guests can choose from a wide array of ice-cold beverages: local craft beers in frosty mugs or one of Islands’ signature tropical cocktails, including the Mai Tai or the Big Island Iced Tea with vodka, gin, tequila, rum, triple sec, pineapple juice and strawberry purée.
Guests can also visit Islands for happy hour each weeknight from 4 to 7 p.m. in the bar to enjoy discounted offerings including Beachside Sliders, Cheddar Fries, beer, wine and tropical cocktails.
Islands at Westfield Topanga is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.  For more information, please visit or call 747-600-2009.
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Founded in 1982, Islands is privately held and has managed controlled but steady growth, with a focus on providing the finest quality food and an outstanding guest experience. The company’s philosophy that eating out should not be complicated is reflected in the simple, fresh ingredients found in its signature burgers that are never frozen, daily fresh-cut fries and the best tropical drinks around – all served in a laid back, beach-inspired environment. The Carlsbad-based company operates 55 restaurants throughout California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. For more information visit