Kathmandu Kitchen, named after the capital city and urban center of Nepal, is a hub for South Asian cuisine in a town nearly halfway around the world. The chefs aim to help guests discover new favorite dishes, from familiar-but-different chicken wings, charbroiled after being marinated in Nepali spices, to distinctly indian stews such as dal mahkani, a rich blend of black lentils, ginger, garlic, and herbs. Lamb, chicken, shrimp, and fish also play important roles on the menu, available doused in curry, stewed in spiced cashew gravy, or baked in a clay oven until tender, smoky, and hot enough to melt the smirk off of a snowman’s face.
For diners who are unfamiliar with the cuisines of Nepal and India, the friendly servers take pride in explaining dishes and offering recommendations. To further enhance the eating-out experience, Kathmandu Kitchen occasionally hosts live musical events.
For 30 years, Cakes by Karen has graced gatherings with handmade cupcakes, tortes, and cakes culled from a tasty arsenal of flavors, fillings, and icings. The colorful, creative desserts pair with a variety of occasions, from multitiered wedding cakes decked out with elegant floral designs and smooth icing to fondant-capped tortes in the shape of powdered wigs for Presidents' Day. In addition to baking eye-catching treats, Cakes by Karen furnishes partiers and newlyweds with limousine packages replete with champagne, deluxe stereo systems, and luxurious stretch-limo transportation.
Smashburger isn't just the name—it's the way chefs grill every burger. First, they form never-frozen, 100% Angus beef into a giant meatball. Then they season it, place it on a butter-glazed grill, and smash it into a patty. The process caramelizes the beef, locking in flavor while keeping the meat juicy and tender. The chefs then sandwich each slab in an artisan bun and turn it into one of an array of standard burgers or locally inspired specialties unique to each market. This handcrafting approach typifies everything else the chefs do, from blending handspun Häagen-Dazs shakes to hand painting Smashburger's logo onto every beverage cup. Letting its food stand for itself and relying mostly on word of mouth for advertising, the Smashburger franchise expanded to 160 restaurants in five years, with its swift growth from zero to 100 stores making it one of the nation's fastest-growing restaurant companies. This rapid development even caught the attention of Forbes and Inc. along the way.
While traditionally used as a weapon, a perfectly melted, classically chopped, superbly peppered, and expertly onioned Philly cheesesteak is the perfect hunk of meat and cheese to put in your mouth. This Groupon gets you $20 worth of food and drink at Lenny's Sub Shop. Get the finest, classic roast beef, Italian, and club subs; chicken/tuna salads; and ham and cheese sandwiches from the menu.
Fatburger's gourmet burgers range from 2.5 oz. single-patty "baby fat" burgers ($2.49) to the XXXL 24 oz. thrice-stacked "triple king" ($9.69), with three more moderate options in between. Made from 100% lean beef, Fatburger's gourmet burger combos start at $4.99 (beer/burger combos start at $5.99), and all of the grilled goodies come topped with fresh veggies, while optional add-ons ($.59–$.89 each) are available for a custom chow-down. Plop a scoop of chili on your burger and cover it with a slice of cheese for a decadent dining experience, or create a breakfast-themed burger with bacon and an egg. Fatburger's chicken sandwich ($4.99 alone or $8.99 for combo; grilled, fried, or spicy), turkey burger ($4.49 alone or $7.99 for combo), and veggie burger ($4.79 alone or $8.49 for combo) offer awesome alternatives to bovine-based meals. Homemade onion rings ($2.89) or skinny fries ($2.39) act as lovable sidekicks for your brooding, misunderstood burger without a cause, while a sweet Maui-banana or cookies-and-cream milkshake ($3.79) can double as the skankified Olivia Newton-John it wins during the final musical number.