At Bamboo Pho & Springroll, fragrant steam rises from large bowls of pho noodle soup filled with beef, chicken, or seafood. These bowls have earned notice from the Star-Telegram's DFW.com website, which named the restaurant’s pho one of the Five Hottest Dishes in DFW for couples to share. In another review, DFW.com professed to be "in love" with the pho’s "warm, complex flavors."
In addition to Vietnamese dishes such as pho and spring rolls, the restaurant dishes out Asian fusion cuisine such as lo mein, Korean barbecue ribs, pad thai, and steamed jasmine rice.
Though the cuisine leans toward the traditional, the decor is sleek and modern. Beneath high ceilings, a curved bar with glossy stone tiles lines up refreshing cocktails. The nearby hostess stand lights up with a chandelier whose beads resemble a fuzzy dandelion just before its seeds are whisked away by a breeze. All surfaces, from the bar to the tables are topped in granite, adding to the modern feel while providing protection from diners who like to cut their meat with hacksaws.
Light streams in through the floor-to-ceiling windows at the front of Glazed Doughnuts & Cafe, glinting off cushy high-backed chairs and sleek wooden tables before mingling with the crystals in the ornate chandelier. Before taking a seat or levitating next to the bookshelf, customers can peruse the mouth-watering menu, selecting treats including tantalizingly fresh scratch-made doughnuts, croissants, and muffins, carefully stacked sandwiches, and draughts of energy-boosting coffee.
Caribe Cafe's chefs describe their classic Cuban cooking style as a fusion technique, combining methods and recipes from Spain and Africa with the ingredients of the Caribbean. Nothing exemplifies this combination better than oxtails with white rice and beans, a staple of island diets for years. The chefs, though, particularly specialize in sandwich making, incorporating spiced chicken or slow-cooked pork into sandwiches layered with cooked onions and mojito sauce.
A woven hanging light looms overhead, casting a buttery glow on wall alcoves festooned with orchid arrangements. Nearby, booths flaunt intricate geometric designs to match throw pillows on the adjacent sofa. The walls are comprised of texturally diverse materials such as stacked stone, exposed brick, and barbecue-flavored wallpaper, an eclectic assortment that mirrors Orchid City Café's mélange of Cajun, American, and Asian fusion fare.
Poboys and Thai-style rice dishes overflow with a choice of catfish, salmon, and chicken—all available fried, grilled, blackened, or interrogated. Chefs also mold half-pound Angus sirloin burgers to pair with fresh-cut french fries and specialty drinks such as smoothies or sweet boba tea.
Tell us about your business.
We are a coffee and wine bar in Arlington. We sell coffee, espresso drinks, frappes, and smoothies. In addition, we serve food such as salads, breakfast sandwiches, turkey burgers, and paninis, [just to] name a few things. We have poetry and open-mic nights, as well as dance classes. We are in the process of obtaining our alcohol license, [but] in the meantime we do [offer] complimentary wine and beer with the purchase of an entree, as well as BYOB.
What kind of expertise do you have?
We're a new business (just opened in November 2012), but I have cooking experience and my son attended Le Cordon Bleu culinary school. Between the two of us, we run the kitchen.
What makes your business stand out from the competition?
We have a niche in that we are not just a coffee house, but a wine bar also. We're sort of outside of the box. Our ambiance is outstanding, and it's a great place to wind down after work, gather with friends, or get some work done on your laptop. We have free WiFi with any purchase, and a rewards program. Great customer service is most important to us.
What are a few of your most popular services?
People love our turkey panini and frappes. Additionally, the chicken and waffles and shrimp and grits are very popular.
The creation of Firehouse Subs was based on our love for cooking and fellowship, and our passion for serving customers.
We grew up in a family-owned retail television business in Jacksonville, Florida, where we learned from an early age that you have to take care of the customer.