A Look Into Stix & Straws, Possibly The Most Customizable Restaurant Ever

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Photo: Tatiana Arbogast

Stix and Straws, which opened late last month in El Segundo, will basically do anything you want them to do with their selection of bamboo skewers, which are arranged by mix-and-match protein and flavor. Take an impaled cut of beef, pork, chicken, shrimp, or veggie and give it a Mexican-style treatment with a "Rio Grande" chipotle and cilantro sauce, or a Japanese "Samurai" coat of soy and ginger, and on and on, veering from Indian to BBQ to Hawaiian and Greek. Or wait, what? You want that as a sandwich? Sure, they'll do that too, using the same set-up of flavors and sauces (with extra toppings like avocado or bacon for just 50 cents). As for the straws, there's a similarly broad set-up, with your choice of fruit and a boost, along with tropical lemonade slushies, iced tea in flavors like blood orange and caramel, and signature super smoothies. For dessert, there's fried cheesecake, on a stick of course, among the options. The space is nearly as cute as its icon, a wee porcupine donning regional costumes that are as stereotypical as the names of the sauces, but adorable nonetheless. We could see this easily accessible menu of shahslik turning into a chain someday, but for now, check out the food menu and our slide show of the space below.

Stix and Straws, 310 E. Grand Ave. El Segundo. 310-726-9194.

Pick a Protein

Chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, or veggie

Pick a Flavor

Herbs and spices
Bold BBQ

Pineapple and Macadamia
Kahuna

Masala and Herb
Taj Mahaj

Chipotle and Cilantro
Rio Grande

Oregano and Feta
Acropolis

Soy and Ginger
Samurai

Super Sausage

$2 Chicken, Veggie
$3 Beef, pork, sausage
$4 Shrimp

Salads
$5.99

Grilled chicken Crispy Chicken
One Stix of your choice
Dressings: Basil lemon, sweet garlic, carrot ginger, rustic ranch, citrus vinaigrette

Sandwiches
$4.75
Hamburger
Turkey Burger
Grilled or Crispy Chicken

Flavors
: Acropolis, Kahuna, Rio GRande, Taj Mahal, Bold BBQ, Samurai

Extras
For Salads and Sandwiches
$.50

Bacon, avocado, boiled egg, grilled pineapple, roasted green chiles, provolone cheese, American cheese, feta, cheddar cheese

Sides
$1.50

Stix Slaw
Seasoned Fries
Sweet Potato Fries
Breadstix
Seasonal Vegetables
Green Salad
Yin Yang Rice
Baked Black beans