At Dervish Grill, chefs recreate dishes that have been a part of Mediterranean and Turkish culture for centuries. However, just because the recipes are old doesn't mean that the ingredients aren't fresh. On the contrary, each day, chefs turn fresh vegetables and spices into beloved treats including stuffed grape leaves, tabouli, and their signature Dervish salad--a conglomeration of arugula, grapes, walnuts, and feta tossed with pomegranate vinaigrette.
Chefs also observe another important Middle Eastern tradition—all meat dishes, from the succulent filet mignon kebab to eggplant stuffed with ground beef and lamb—are made with Halal meats. They're also happy to make dishes more or less spicy, and maintain a selection of vegetarian options for those that prefer to dine meat-free.
No matter what entrees they choose, diners often pair their meals with a Turkish tipple from the restaurant's selection of more than two dozen wines. The drink menu is home to traditional staples, such as Turkish tea and coffee, but also spotlights imported Turkish malts and locally brewed craft beer.
At the grills, the Liquid/Fresh Planet staff simmers up lean meats and veggies before assembling them into internationally inspired stuffed toasted pita and steaming rice bowls. Liquid/Fresh Planet strives to appeal to youngsters too, whipping up kid-friendly selections, such as cheese pizzas and PB&Js, and routinely checking beneath the stove for any potential boogeymen. Or follow the hum of whirring blenders through a forest of colorful red umbrellas to the Liquid/Fresh Planet front counter, where servers are busy folding fresh fruits and veggies into a variety of smoothies and wholesome eats. One packs a blender with organic oatmeal, fresh fruit, and whey protein, while another scoops up boosts from bottles of flaxseed, mixed vitamin, and ginseng.
A peckish motorhead's mecca, Quaker Steak & Lube joins the joys of hunger and horsepower under one auto memorabilia-laden roof. The menu, which isn't for the faint of appetite or weak of jaw, dares diners to delve into the Lubeburger, served with sautéed mushrooms, crispy bacon, house hot sauce, and american cheese (8.99). Wings are doused in a dizzying array of sumptuous house-specialty sauces, such as the Buckeye BBQ, ranch, honey mustard, and eternity. Cool décor—pale green walls, bright-green-upholstered seats, and framed memorabilia—complement Quaker Steak & Lube's hot flavors as nicely as bald eagles complement William Howard Taft's toupee.
Aroma Ristorante fashions heaping plates of bona fide Italian antipasti, pasta, meat, and fish from a menu featuring authentic plates from the motherland. Open diplomatic relations between Italy and your stomach with fried artichoke, shrimp, and zucchini antipasti ($11) before laying an appetite to rest atop succulent pillows of sorrento-style potato-ricotta gnocchi with fresh mozzarella ($17). Protein hoarders can savor a rack of baby lamb dressed in a shiitake rosemary reduction ($28), or dine aquatically upon a fresh salmon prepared filet picatta or puttanesca ($25).