Growing up in the food business can set you up to be quite successful, especially if your family's Italian, and the place is mobbed. For the first restaurant from the scion of a local food empire, check out Pickled Lemon. From a Colorado native who grew up in the house of Udi (those ubiquitous bread makers/ cafe owners) and later chef'd in Israel, Pickled Lemon hawks highly customizable "fast-casual Middle Eastern eats" in a 50+ seat space outfitted with Moroccan-patterned wallpaper and tables rocking "Middle Eastern pop art", not to be confused with Ahmadinejad's practice of shooting at paintings. To start, choose either a fresh-baked "fat, fluffy" Udi's pita, salad, or bowl, then add falafel and eggplant, chicken shawarma seasoned with a proprietary blend of 21 spices from Jerusalem, or "traditionally made" chicken schnitzel covered in Udi's breadcrumbs and "fried crispy", or what they call in Vancouver, "oh my God...my car!". Your dish can then be topped with everything from the standards (hummus, marinated cabbage, tomato/cucumber salad) to horseradish beets made according to a family recipe, sumac onions, charred kale, and Moroccan carrots, to wholly "untraditional toppings" like
an edible yarmulke mozzarella and guac. And if you think you're too good for falafel, they've got desserts like pistachio pudding and caramelized pineapple, plus daily specials like lamb shawarma and tomato-sauced short ribs -- also what you'll be if you cross the owners at that Italian joint.