For more than 20 years, the friendly staff at Bo Loong has sated a diverse range of appetites with authentic Chinese fare. Culinary pioneers in the art of dim sum during lunch hours (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), servers consistently cart out trays bedecked with new portions of food, opening the palate to a wide variety of flavors, textures, and regional styles of cooking from China. Commence taste transmigration with steamed dumplings such as the har gow ($2.50), its shrimp swathed in a light rice wrapper, or the sue my, which melds pork, shrimp, and mushroom ($2.50). The nor my guy ($3.50) harbors a treasure trove of sticky rice, pork, sausage, duck, and egg wrapped carefully inside a lotus leaf, whereas pastry dim sum such as the gin doin ($1.75) stuffs a fried sesame ball with red-bean paste. Dinner hours (past 3 p.m.) showcase a vast edible archive of China's finest cuisine classics, including roast pork lo mein ($7.95), vegetable egg foo young ($5.95), and Szechwan pork ($8.45).
The recipient of Cleveland Magazine's 2008 Silver Spoon Award for Best Chinese, Hunan Solon’s multiple menus chronicle an eclectic array of traditional Chinese and pan-Asian cuisine. A vast lunch selection pits the Sino-centric Hunan chicken combo platter ($7) against the Southeast Asian pad thai ($6) in a gustatory battle of poultry/noodle supremacy.
In addition to a sensory-stimulating spread of Asian and American buffet fare, Royal Buffet & Grill offers a full menu of Chinese classics. At the hibachi grill, an accommodating chef slices and dices dishes to your liking, whether square, saucer, or obtuse-isosceles shaped. Adults pay $6.95 for the lunch buffet, $10.95 for dinner, and $5.50 to $7.99 for standalone entrees. Children under 3 eat for free and wicked witches trapped under houses can eat leftovers if they behave.
Centuries ago, in Mongolia, hunting parties prepared meals by slicing food with their swords and searing it on overturned shields, or, if no shields were available, stolen hubcaps. In the intervening years, chefs have modernized this cooking technique into stir-fry, the signature dish at Mongolian Grill. Patrons fill their bowls with their favourite fixings from a buffet of fresh meat, seafood, and veggies and then hand it to a chef, who stir-fries the food before their eyes. Diners hungry for Western flavours can opt for an array of sandwiches—such as the bacon cheeseburger and the veggie wrap—or build their own pasta dishes from noodles, sauce, and fixings such as meatballs and sautéed veggies. Barkeeps at the full-service bar pour beer, mix martinis, and blend frozen drinks. The kids’ menu, meanwhile, satisfies youthful palates more effectively than deep-fried Angry Birds.
The servers at Arrabiata's dole out hearty portions of classic pastas and other Italian entrees, setting the delectable dishes on tables topped with white tablecloths. At the bar, patrons can enjoy martinis, beers, and glasses of vino. Chefs spike pans of marinara with mushrooms, meatballs, or sausage before blanketing plates of noodles in red sauce or dressing servings of veal Sinatra in tuxedos.
Specializing in Mediterranean-tinged Spanish dishes, Viva Fernando's matador chefs bait taste buds with a repertoire of delicate pasta twirls, meaty maneuvers, and seafood flourishes. The dinner menu includes palate primers such as the ravioli stuffed with mushrooms in a madeira-wine sauce ($8.95). The gazpacho with Andalusian–style vegetables is, like revenge, traditionally served chilled ($4.50). Carne cravers fill up on the slow-roasted lamb shank in a brandy sauce ($28.95), and the mixed seafood linguini spotlights a supergroup of clams, shrimp, scallops, mussels, and lobster doo-wopping in harmony ($19.95). A lunch menu stacked with Spanish sandwiches facilitates high-stakes games of sandwich Jenga, towering with such delicacies as the serrano ham with mozzarella, tomato, and basil ($9.95); noontime noshers can also stay fresh with leafy mélanges such as the blackened salmon on a bed of field greens ($11.95).