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.
Daddabbo’s packs its menu full of prodigious pies, sandwiches, and pasta dishes brimming with hearty meats and fresh vegetables. Ease into a properly gooey mood with an appetizer of fried mushrooms ($3.99) or bacon cheese fries (small, $2.99; large, $4.99) before introducing taste buds to the headlining pizza pie. The chicken cordon bleu pizza mingles poultry with ham, swiss cheese, and honey-mustard sauce ($15.50+), while the veggie version blooms with a garden of spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, and tomato ($15+).
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.
When Nord Brue and Mike Dressell began perfecting their bagel recipe with the help of a professional NYC bagel maker in 1983, the bagel was still an anomaly in the food world—it was geographically and culturally still isolated in New York City. Fueled by a desire to change that, the duo opened up the first Bruegger's deli with the hope of eventually introducing the rest of the country to the bagel. Brue and Dressell have since realized their dream, sharing their distinctive recipes and culinary traditions at 300 locations spread across 26 states. To this day, they oven-bake their centerless bread rolls every morning and afternoon, populating counter displays that also brim with daily made breads, Vermont cream cheese, and custom-roasted coffee.
Executive Chef Phillip Smith and his network of chefs still use the original five-ingredient recipe for their dough, which they shape into more than 20 bagel varieties. Because they draw from each region's local recipes and from dialogue and Pictionary games with local consumers, certain menu items may vary from store to store across the country. The bagels are often served with Bruegger's eclectic cream cheeses such as bacon scallion or honey walnut, or as sandwiches with meats, cheeses, and veggies often sourced from local or organic produce. Coffee gets just as much attention, with house blends of 100% arabica coffee.
Gentile’s Pasta & Pizza Cafe's comforting menu features specialty pizzas, pastas, and sandwiches, each assembled quickly by skillful kitchen hands. Starters include chicken tenders ($7.95) and banged-up shrimp, which prepare for dates with tongues by bathing in a creamy chili-aioli sauce ($8.95). Steaming sandwiches ride ciabatta steeds to tables accompanied by chips (or add $1.50 for fries) that act as bodyguards to stars such as grilled chicken and grilled vegetables ($7.95 each). Customize a pasta bowl by the light of elegant chandeliers ($7.95), or select a predesigned pizza such as the Gucci, where an ensemble of steak, caramelized onions, basil, spinach, and gorgonzola mingles with a balsamic reduction ($12). Like most fashion models, 'zas are available gluten-free.
At AppeThaizing, chefs strive to hit every taste bud on diners' tongues, incorporating sweet, sour, and salty flavors into a number of dishes on their menu of southeast Asian cuisine. They can also spoon fiery green-curry sauce or piquant Thai chilies into the mix, allowing willing customers to enjoy a spicy kick without the hassle of riling Chuck Norris after his jalapeño foot soak. Although many of their entrees feature succulent meats—including roasted duck, shrimp, and pork—they can also whip up vegetarian-friendly meals with tofu or seasonal Asian greens.
Embracing the same sensory mélange as the menus, AppeThaizing's dining rooms gently illuminate a kaleidoscopic assortment of yellow, red, and key-lime-green walls with a combination of ceiling-mounted track and pendant lighting.