Lime green walls surround guests at Mesa Grande Taqueria as they wait in a cafeteria-style line for their turn to watch cooks create customizable Mexican dishes. Tacos, burritos, nachos, and quesadillas materialize out of the restaurant’s fresh ingredients and meats, which include grilled chicken or steak that’s been marinated in chipotle adobo sauce, or vegetarian guacamole and black beans. As they diner, guests might also notice the restaurant’s energy-efficient lighting, reusable silverware and baskets, and biodegradable to-go utensils, which help the taqueria take its commitment to staying green well past its vivid walls.
Mema’s Deli & Sweet Shoppe offers an extensive menu abounding with fresh meats, hot entrees, and homemade Italian confections. Specialty-meal options include the chicken parmigiana, a platter of poultry dressed in homemade bread crumbs, sauce and mozzarella cheese ($7.49), or the eggplant parmigiana ($7.49). An open-faced meatball sandwich features homemade meatballs ($6.49), and the ziti, rigatoni, or spaghetti dinner includes sauce, cheese, and a choice of house made sausages or meatballs ($6.99). Dining duos can sup on their choice of grilled chicken dishes, such as the texas chicken, an Alamo-remembering bird served with barbecue sauce, bacon, and provolone ($5.49), or can sink teeth into a fried-chicken basket with fries ($7.99). A selection of desserts stands by to deliver the meal's fairy-tale ending, complete with cheese-filled cannolis ($1.49), a cocoa-crammed big brownie ($0.99), or a gift-wrapped Prince Charming.
The capable chefs at the family-owned Mi Casa Mexicana guide culinary tourists southward with a menu of authentic house-made Mexican dishes in a vibrant, casual dining room. An order of chips and freshly diced salsa ($2.75) coaxes out appetites and urges them to invite an additional side of guacamole ($2.50) to the table by ordering it a drink and tossing out an alluring line. Diners saunter onto more serious satiation with house specials such as the pollo en mole ($14.95), in which rich, spicy mexican mole smothers plump poultry pieces. Chefs harbor shredded pork and beef in a fortress of toasted bread in the tortas ($6.25) and fry up scoops of ice cream ($4.75), which continues to baffle chemists around the globe.
Kabuki's menu features a variety of local and organic produce, as well as fresh fish sourced from Honolulu and the Atlantic coast. Wake drowsy taste buds with a starter of pork and cabbage gyoza, tender dumplings served with dunkable chili-soy sauce ($8) before moving on to an expertly flamed or flame-free entree. Sate aquatic appetites with a selection of freshly rolled sushi, available in classic varieties such as the crab-and-cucumber-filled California roll ($8), or the house’s own Kabuki roll, hosting a slumber party of shrimp, scallion, jalapeño, spicy mayo, and tempura flakes in a spicy rice sleeping bag ($12). Those opting for cooked fare can choose from globally inspired eats such as the miso-marinated sea bass ($20), or choose their own culinary adventure with a customizable stir-fry of vegetables, rice or noodles, and selection of meat ($12 standard, chicken $14, scallops or shrimp $16, beef or lobster $18). Finish with an of-age drink of wine or craft beer, or opt for the Sho Chiku Bai house sake (half $6, full $10) for a perfectly paired sip or apropos spit take.
The pizza pros at SoNo's Pizza and Pasta Factory bake up a menu of sizzling pastas, sandwiches, calzones, and pizzas forged from freshly mined dough and sauce. After visiting the pizza oracle for inspiration, SoNo's has emerged with 27 styles of pizza, such as the spicy honey bbq chicken, piled with baked chicken covered in homemade honey barbecue sauce, mozzarella, cheddar, jack, and sauteed onions ($18.99+), or the baked lasagna, a pie that’s clothed in penne, meatballs, sausage, ricotta, and mozzarella ($18.99+). Patrons who don’t eat pizza can order chicken parmesan ($8.99) or a meatball wrap ($5.99), or choose to chew on a dozen wings doused in their choice of 19 flavors including Jack Daniels glaze, lemon garlic pepper, and sweet and sour ($6.95).