Grills sizzle in the center of the tables at Young Dong Garden. At this traditional Korean barbecue, diners sear slices of USDA prime beef atop these grills, some lightly seasoned or marinated in the house's soy-based barbecue sauce. The scent of grilled short ribs, pork belly, or tiger prawns activates taste buds, while accompanying small plates containing sides such as kimchi add an extra kick. Kitchen entrees such as bibimbop and noodles dishes are no less satisfying or less desirable to sacrifice in a food sculpture.
Since wrapping up the contents of their first grande burrito in 1974, The Original Peppers’ crew of chefs have continued to sate customers’ cravings for spicy, south-of-the-border fare thanks to their vast menu of Mexican food. Within the bustling kitchen, chefs can be found wrangling ingredients into traditional Mexican dishes ranging from burritos and enchiladas to fajitas and tostadas, crafting homemade tortillas on Wednesday and Thursday. While many dishes feature meats such as certified Angus beef and deep-fried pork, the culinary team also architects a host of seafood specialties starring jumbo scallops, seasoned halibut, and crab to appeal to the seafaring palates of humans and bears dressed like humans.
The chefs at The Patio grill, sauté, and bake a menu of traditional Lebanese dishes, relying heavily on the simple, healthy flavors of garlic and olive oil. These ingredients play a starring roll in appetizers such as hummus and white-bean salad, and kisses from the grill's open flames leave charred lipstick on the collar of chicken, beef, or shrimp kebabs. Smoke from flavored Al Fakher, Starbuzz, and house-blended tobacco wafts through the air in the restaurant's hookah bar, mingling with ethereal genies released from nearby bottles of pop.
The Natural Selection menu focuses on breakfast, sandwiches, wraps, salads, and smoothies. Try the breakfast burrito ($6.75), a wake-up call full of four egg whites, pico de gallo, cheese, and your choice of ham or turkey. For lighter morning fare, Natural Selection also serves up low-fat yogurt or low-fat cottage cheese ($4.25), which comes with a choice of two fruits and granola. If you're hungry after the sun reaches its meridian, wraps are a popular lunchtime or post-workout choice ($7.50 or $8.25, with a side salad and seasonal fruit). The chipotle wrap is an edible torpedo of grilled chicken, spinach, ever-spicy pico de gallo, jack cheese, and titular chipotle sauce, while the mild Mediterranean wrap is a flattened bowling bowl stuffed with grilled chicken, baby greens, cucumbers, black olives, feta cheese, hummus, and Mediterranean dressing.
Family owned since opening its doors in 2006, Zapata Vive pairs its authentic Mexican cuisine with familial hospitality. Patrons gather around tables to slice into cheese-topped burritos or soft tacos or sup from sizzling fajita plates, kept at exactly the same temperature as the sun over Mexico. Zapata Vive also caters to diners who rise with the sun with breakfast dishes, including a tostada omelet with tortilla strips, and takes care of those who rise with the sunset with a full bar stocked with margaritas, wines, and domestic and imported beers.
Goldstein's fresh bagels are made by hand daily, dipped into a boiling bath and hearth baked for a glossy sheen and hearty interior. A bevy of circular creations await your mouth hub, including specialty bagels like cinnamon-raisin, asiago cheese, and delectable peanut butter chocolate chip, as well as classic favorites such as egg, poppy seed, and pumpernickel (usually $6 for six bagels). Upgrade doughy disks with schmears of herb, strawberry, or lox cream cheese, or pair with fresh-squeezed orange or coffee.