To the staff of The Grand Cafe, a meal isn't just a time to eat; it's a chance to make a memory. That's why they get excited when their dining room gets a little loud?it means people are having a good time. And in that dining room, which is capped by the building's original tin tiles and grounded by beautiful hardwood floors, groups buzz over Italian-style dishes such as potato-crusted salmon in a roma-tomato sauce and carbonara pasta with wild mushrooms. There's a lunch menu as well, because apparently afternoons are not immune to hunger, and a full bar with hand-selected wine varietals and infused vodkas. And thanks to these rotating vodkas and seasonal dishes, it's likely your meal will be exactly what the staff hoped it would be?memorable.
At The Wheelhouse, the focus is on fusion. Incorporating Thai, Mexican, and Asian ingredients, this restaurant thrives on creative exploration, filling its menu with dishes and flavors from across the globe. Experience the peanut chicken burrito or the sweet meat tacos served with chips and cabbage salsa. For more exotic Eastern flavors, the restaurant has rotating specials, which currently includes vegan thai soup and vegan red curry, which sends a subtle spice across the taste buds, as fresh spring rolls dull the burn.
The cooks at Maru Sushi & Grill prepare pan-Asian feasts such as Springfield-style cashew chicken, drawing from the cuisine of Japan, China, Thailand, and beyond. Diners clasp sushi rolls loaded with crab, lobster, and mango, which, according to News-Leader.com, are served on a "cast-iron plate that sits atop flames." The sushi and sashimi at Maru is present with beautiful combinations of texture and design. Patrons wash down meals with a selection of drinks that includes Japanese beers, sake, and soju.