Piquant Caribbean spices meet artistic plating and global culinary influences inside Cala Bar and Grill, where the kitchen staff tosses crawfish and jerk chicken into bowls of creamy pasta and pairs blackened tilapia with white-cheddar grits. Platefuls of plantains and a mix of rice and peas are served as sides, and the cocktails?flavored with rum, ginger beer, and mint sprigs?are bestowed with names such as Voodoo and Jamaica Mule.
Bright-red accent walls and colorful artwork on the dining room's walls juxtapose with a monochromatic theme that fills the space, conveyed via black tables, chairs, and banquettes. The result is a vibrant space that gives off a modern vibe. Throughout the week, the bar and grill treats guests to live performances by musicians and comedians.
The word "wahoo" can be defined as both an expression of joy and a type of fish. Wahoo! Grill came up with a third meaning for it: "An amazing restaurant, full of joy, warmth, and great food." And there's definitely plenty to be amazed by here, starting with the eclectic selection of seafood, ranging from fish tacos to seared scallops in pumpkin-seed butter. In a similar fashion, the brunch menu has shrimp and grits, as well as fresh-herb egg scrambles and hash-brown casserole.
But it's not just the Southern-style cooking that charms guests. The dining rooms are quite handsome; the exposed-brick main room has views of the modern exhibition kitchen, and a sun-drenched atrium that leads out to a patio lush with greenery. Elegant touches such as rustic chandeliers and high-backed upholstered booths have made the restaurant a popular venue for wedding receptions and an unpopular venue for food fight enthusiasts.
And whether you're toasting a couple's nuptials or just meeting friends for a Tuesday night nip, the drink list has plenty to offer. There's an international selection of reds and whites served by the bottle or glass, and the spirits list includes everything from bourbons to cordials. Those liquors go into specialty cocktails such as a Wahoo! spritz with Aperol and sparkling wine, though someone looking for something a bit hoppier can order a craft beer such as Red Brick Laughing Skull.
Carefully wrapped cuts of meat and sausages and encased salami fly over the deli counter at Rocco's New York Italian Deli as staffers craft the homemade Italian entrees that compose this traditional deli’s menu. Owner Adam Kahn draws upon his family’s recipes to craft a selection of meat, cheeses, and desserts available by the pound and savory dishes that burst with classic Italian ingredients like a tomato vine when rent is due. Almost every morsel is made from scratch, from the sweet crust of Grandma’s cheesecake to the homemade bread made fresh every morning to ensconce the deli meats in a selection of hot and cold sandwiches. The deli also sources some specialty items straight from Italy to showcase the country's flavorful pepperoncini, piquant Reggiano parmigiana, and tart limonata, lending customers a taste of authentic Italian treats without needing to install a gelato-cast statue of David.
Cartoon skulls color the ragged wooden sign outside Matador's, creating a rustic, yet playful, atmosphere where cuisine from the Michoacán region treats taste buds to an authentic taste of Mexico. Pulled pork, tilapia, and tofu are just a sample of what's stuffed into the tortillas of 14 types of tacos, which sate south-of-the-border cravings quicker than a deep-fried bolo tie. Combination plates and vegetarian options round out the menu at the restaurant's two locations, both of which offer spacious patio seating. At the newer Glenwood Park location, patrons can relax in a separate bar area as flat-screen TVs glimmer across intoxicating bottles of top-shelf spirits.
Natural light pours in through Mint 2 Thai-Sushi's front windows, catching the wafting aromas of roasted duck, shrimp, and salmon in Thai chili and zesty mango sauces. Diners can play tabletop shuffleboard with spicy-tuna rolls and strips of fresh-cut sashimi. The full menu holds close to 200 items and even offers handy icons to ease selection?a chili pepper indicates spicy dishes, a star indicates popular dishes, and a chef's hat indicates dishes that fit snugly beneath a chef's hat.
At Nectar, the staff finds a balance between what?s good for the earth and what?s good for the body. Organic options and raw fruits and vegetables blend into juices and smoothies, while handcrafted paninis feature deli meats, cheese, and veggies layered atop artisan bread. Staffers also provide clients with the drinkable supplies for one-, three-, or five-day juice cleanses that detoxify, brighten the skin, boost energy levels, and facilitate weight loss.