Shogun Steakhouse slices, dices, and rolls out sushi and teppanyaki with an amusing twirl of the knife from tableside chefs to meet the semipermeable appetites of Permian Basin diners. Rev taste-bud engines with an appetizing order of egg rolls ($3.50) or wontons ($3.50) as grill masters sharpen spatulas for swift stir-frying. Chefs sate protein pursuers with sizzling orders of aged, corn-fed hibachi sirloin strip ($14.95) or boneless chicken covered with teriyaki sauce ($11.95) seared to perfection before being flung into the mouths of awestruck diners still stunned after seeing the Grand Canyon. Each dinner comes with a culinary entourage of soup, salad, onions, zucchini, mushrooms, and steamed rice to complement the community table as the chef lobs culinary concoctions and crafts meaty ensembles. Patrons who eschew the flavor-altering effects of flames can enjoy Shogun’s sushi option, including fresh nigiri ($4 to $4.75); maki rolls, such as the cucumber- and avocado-cored spicy tuna roll ($7.95); and full dinners, such as the sashimi combo, three slices of tuna, salmon, yellowtail, and tilapia ($15.95). The menu provides a tongue-pleasing accompaniment to unique snarf-down sessions, perfect for intimate dinners or exponentially more intimate quintuple dates.
Family-owned and '50s-inspired, Nikki's Swirl Shoppe specializes in self-serve frozen yogurt, custom milkshakes, and customized sundaes. Salted caramel, creamy cheesecake, chilled cubes of fresh pineapple, and whole blueberries and rasberries decorate frozen yogurt, whose flavors include strawberry, chocolate mint, hazelnut, pistachio, and pound cake. Like the color of trees and the fashion of chameleons, these flavors change with the seasons, with eggnog and pumpkin making appearances in the colder months. In addition to sating singular sweet teeth, Nikki's Swirl Shoppe hosts parties for all occasions.
Your Way Yogurt features six to eight rotating flavors of low-fat, non-fat, and sugar-free yogurt daily, many of which contain live, active cultures to aid healthy digestion. Lay the foundation for your healthy frozen treat by first filling your bowl with the yogurt varieties of your choice. Continue down the assembly line to adorn your dessert with fun toppings that match your mood, sate your sweet craving, or remind you of your favorite vibrant Warhol print. The bar boasts more than 50 fro-yo accessories, including peanut butter cups, gummy worms, cookies, and hot fudge, which lets patrons experience exhilarating temperature confusion without dipping their toes into a birdbath after walking on sun-scorched asphalt. Concoctions are priced by weight at the counter ($0.44 per ounce).
The cupcake selection at Gigi's Cupcakes upgrades handmade sweets to gallery status with swirling, farm-fresh creamy butter, well-placed fruit and nut selections, and decadent chocolate sauces that look inviting enough to swim in if they weren't infested with gummi-sharks. Well-prepared customers can check the daily menu for the most appropriate currently available cupcake incarnations, including gourmet concoctions such as white midnight magic, a dark-chocolate cake studded with dark-chocolate chips, topped with white cream-cheese frosting, and then re-topped with chocolate chips. To refresh the palate and confuse the tongue, pack a picnic basket with Gigi's orange dreamsicle and cherry limeade cupcakes and enjoy them outside on warm, sunny day.
Continuing the Italian tradition of pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice), Pizzeria Venti hand-tosses a handful of oven-baked, circular pies teeming with trans-fat-free toppings. Like a repertory theater, Venti's homespun crust acts as a stage for more than 20 pizza performances. The pillowy crusts are pedestals for varieties such as house-made italian sausage, seasoned with fennel, fresh basil, and herbs ($3.50 for a slice) or chicken vesuvio which touts a roasted breast of chicken, mushrooms, black olives and garlic ($4.75 per slice). Though pizza prevails as Venti's main attraction, the menu is also stocked with baked pastas ($6.50+), salads ($6+), and soups ($3+) to create a culinary lineup that is more well-rounded than a reconstructed Humpty Dumpty.
At Brianna's Pizza, it's possible to eat pizza for every meal without growing bored of the same flavors. That's because the restaurant's cooks bake a wide variety of pies, from breakfast pizzas to dessert pizzas. They also pile traditional deep-dish pizzas with savory toppings such as buffalo chicken or shrimp. Try your meal paired with housemade cheese bread or saucy chicken wings.