Meals at Hottest 86 Asian Fondue & Sushi bring one adjective to mind: unlimited. This is partially due to their all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner buffets, and partially due to the unlimited variations that can be made when ordering their namesake dish, the hotpot. These soups begin with bases such as a ginseng herbal and miso soup, to which diners can add ingredients such as bok choy, fish paste, quail eggs, and pumpkin—essentially anything except the hotpot's one true nemesis: ice cubes. Sushi can complement soups, ranging from nigiri and sashimi to hand-crafted California, eel, or white tuna rolls.
The chefs at Giacomo’s Wood Fired Pizza and Trattoria channel Southern Italian culinary traditions to conjure a menu of Old World pasta and pizza dishes. Smoky disks cradling mozzarella and italian plum tomatoes emerge from the imported brick oven as 1 of 16 specialty pizzas including the Pugliese, which merges broccoli rabe, sausage, and grated parmesan. Diners can twirl fork tines around the linguine ribbons lacing the spicy shrimp fra diavolo, or unearth the meaty strata of the lasagna bolognese for layered meals bested only by noshing on piles of candy-coated textbooks. Glasses of wine stand guard to swoop in and wash down savory flavors.
Using fresh, high-quality ingredients, the culinary masterminds at The Orange Dog Bar & Grill, formerly The Salty Dog Bar & Grill, whip up locally and globally inspired dishes for patrons in need of stomach-engine top offs. After perusing the menu, launch your meal rocket with a fresh veggie platter ($3.99) or natural cut chips ($3.49) before grabbing an infamous serving of Wings of the World, a customizable mix of eight globally inspired spiced chicken wings ($8.25). Send your taste buds on a diplomatic mission with saucy maple-and-bacon wings inspired by our northern neighbor, leprechaun-approved Guinness wings, or Indian-inspired tandoori wings. Daredevilish diners can turn to more adventurous wing lacquers such as Madagascar green peppercorn or Brazilian passion fruit-guava. Patrons preferring less saucy bites can grab a juicy build-your-own burger ($6.99), or just skip to the sweet tooth-pacifying Nanaimo bar, a Canadian specialty of milk chocolate and custard-flavored butter icing ($4.75). Quench particularly stubborn thirsts at the full bar while sating your athletic- and chord-based urges by catching one of the Orange Dog's televised sports matches or live music events.
Specialty pies fill the menu at Rocco's Pizzeria & Restaurant, and homemade crusts weigh heavy with dozens of savory toppings. Popular pies include a fresh mozzarella and tomatoes disk perched atop 18 inches of signature marinara sauce, as well as a vodka sauce pie slathered in marinara's zesty proxy. Between nibbles of buffalo chicken or taco pies, 2-liter soda bottles provide effervescing refreshment and a medium with which to demonstrate how tornadoes work.
Chef Maria Samperi and her kitchen staff craft a menu of casual Italian fare that reads like a list of treasured comfort foods. Rich meat sauce smothers a chosen pasta shape: long strands of spaghetti, pillows of tortellini, or tubes of penne. Meatball sandwiches serve as a hearty meal, while eggplant parmesan gives vegetarians an option to eat for dinner or to wear as a work-appropriate tie. Diners gather around wood tables surrounded by sponge-painted walls adorned with photos of flowers and trees.
The culinary experts at Lioni Italian Heroes assemble more than 150 menu offerings, including more than 70 heroes. The shop’s sandwiches, each named after or previously spoken to by a famous Italian figure, combine Monteleone and Cammareri breads with a slew of fresh ingredients. House-made mozzarella augments heroes, and platters of sandwiches or breakfast items feed groups of up to 25 people.