Ecuadorian food is the specialty of Los Andes Restaurant. But like the mountain range, the menu meanders through other South American countries, including Peru, Colombia, and Chile. Chefs prep empanadas according to the three regional styles, and ceviches and soups can round out adventurous snack times. Larger entrees feature grilled meats and slow-simmered stews accompanied by rice, potatoes, or french fries. Plantains or black or red beans can also be found playing a supporting role in meals, while cakes, ice cream, and sweet fig close out meals better than a soprano shattering a crystal ball.
Mozart Cafe’s chefs draw culinary inspiration from modern Israeli cuisine, and the result is an eclectic mix of made-from-scratch kosher dishes ranging from pizza and salad to breakfast salmon platters. The Balkan pizza blends Israeli and Italian flavors with olives chunks of smoky eggplant sitting atop a bed of sauce, mozzarella, and feta cheese. Though the café is decidedly health-focused, plates arrive piled high with portions as generous as what you’d find in a neighborhood diner or your mom’s kitchen.
Plates of fresh-made sushi and sashimi travel to tables around Sushi Song's cozy dining room, which is bordered by brick walls and illuminated with romantic lighting. In the kitchen, cooks carefully assemble rolls brimming with inventive ingredients such as Maine lobster, quail egg, and barbecued eel.
Direct From Philly’s grillmasters sear each cheesesteak to order using a half pound of chopped steak or chicken, onions, and american, swiss, provolone, or Cheez Whiz. Carved from marinated loin tails shipped directly from Philly, the steak nestles atop a 9-inch Amoroso's roll to construct a symphony of flavors as typically Philadelphian as the Liberty Bell or Ben Franklin’s Liberty Bell–shaped wig. The quick-stop eatery builds upon its cheesesteak origins with a selection of signature sandwiches, which introduce chopped steak or chicken to inventive blends of toppings. A jumble of grilled onions, roasted garlic, and pepper relish fill the Touch Tone’s pillowy bun, while the barbecue bacon philly recalls summertime with a mixture of green peppers, bacon, and barbecue sauce.
Guests clinking shots of tequila or sipping margaritas fit in seamlessly with Baja Cafe Deerfield's festive atmosphere, conspicuous in its vibrantly colorful dining room that often displays balloons, streamers, and decorations. The tequila list includes more than 400 varieties, from distillers such as Jose Cuervo, Arette, and El Tesoro.
Baja Mexican cuisine sets off the flavor notes of these tequilas, tantalizing taste buds with entrees such as mahi-mahi tacos, various asadas, and the spicy Satan's Revenge burrito with housemade chili con queso. The lunch menu includes most dinner items, and all dishes can be made spicier, or "el scorcho" style, upon request.
Just because a menu is brief doesn’t mean it doesn’t offer a lot of choices. At Wild Wild Wingz, chicken wings fill about a quarter of the one-page menu, tempting diners with sauces as varied as teriyaki and bacon cheddar. The rest of the menu dabbles in a menagerie of other meats, including full or half racks of baby-back ribs, new york strip steaks, or salads bulked up with mahi-mahi. When not congregating around the bar, patrons can reserve a private room where they can challenge each other to games of pool or practice juggling controllers for Xbox 360 Kinect or Nintendo Wii.:m]]