The waitstaff at Indian Oven have been known to recommend just the right dish to those unfamiliar with Indian cuisine, even arranging sampler plates from their lunch buffet as a culinary introduction. Regardless of a diner's level of experience with Indian cuisine, though, it's easy to find enjoyable flavors on the restaurant's menu. Mild, housemade paneer cheese and potato dumplings simmer in rich sauces, and cuts of chicken or lamb marinate in a savory mixture of yogurt, spices, and Al Green songs before sizzling in a clay tandoor oven. Guests can alternate bites with sips of sweet, milky Indian–style coffee or creamy mango lassi.
The friendly staff at Nu-Castle Diner delights feasters with hearty American dishes and with what it calls "the most tender roast beef in town." Steaming bowls of the homemade soup of the day ($4.29) warm beleaguered bellies and stand ready for dunks of accompanying full or half-sandwiches ($5.59+) or particularly cold chins. Crispy bacon snuggles inside a bed of lettuce and tomato in Nu-Castle’s BLT ($5.39), and tuna or chicken salad fills the stuffed tomato ($5.39), perfect for a light meal. A kids’ menu called "Adam’s Choice" lets pint-size diners contentedly nosh on youngster-friendly fare ($3.59–$4.59), and a daily lunch special soars to tables of midday epicureans with an accompanying glass of iced tea ($7.25). Tender roast beef served on a homemade bun ($5.39) satisfies sandwich-seekers, and Vicki’s homemade desserts ($2.25/slice) provide excellent feast finales, with sugar-free options pleasing health-conscious sweets-lovers and spying dentists.
Purveyors of classic American eats, the cooks at The Burger Bar grill half-pound specialty burgers and deep-fry all-beef hotdogs. Diners can clasp fingers around burgers served with spicy barbecue sauce, fresh jalapenos, and sautéed mushrooms or savor crispy deep-fried hotdogs smothered in house-made relish and chili.
La Frontera has filled its menu with classic Mexican dishes, such as a family recipe for beef picadillo, since its founding in 1985. Huevos rancheros and chorizo burritos grace the breakfast menu, and flautas join traditional and soft nachos at lunchtime. Carne guisada, tostadas, and tacos crown dinner plates alongside rice, beans, and salad, and paletas (Mexican popsicles) in flavors such as watermelon and coconut join buñuelos for dessert. La Frontera also serves American dishes, such as cheeseburgers and cheese fries, amid the dining room's inlaid ceramic tile and Coca-Cola ephemera, such as vintage bottles, cans, tins, and free-floating carbonation bubbles.
La Fiesta Grande's chefs populate a colossal menu with authentic south-of-the-border dishes, earning their eatery a top-five spot in CityVoter's Best Mexican Restaurant 2009. Beef, chicken, or shrimp conductors direct the steaming fajita skillet's sizzling ballad, soothing appetites and inspiring star-crossed veggies, guacamole, and pico de gallo to fall in love with teeth (beef or chicken $10.99, beef and chicken $11.99, shrimp $14.99, trio platter $13.99). Sic seafaring chompers on the baja crispy fish tacos' triumvirate of tortilla-breaded ocean dwellers, reigning over swells of house-made baja sauce ($10.99). Meanwhile, a dollop of sour cream as fluffy as a pillow stuffed with cumulus clouds tops the spinach enchilada platter's cheesy trio of vitamin-packed cylinders ($8.99).
Taking its name from the aromatic herb instrumental in Thai cuisine, Lemongrass Asian House offers a menu of dishes covering the cuisines of Thailand, Korea, and other regions of Asia. Located next to the Stars Drive-In, the kitchen wizards at Lemongrass whip up Korean barbecue alongside Thai and Chinese noodle dishes drenched in sauces and twined in a colorful array of boating knots around seafood, sprouts, black mushrooms, and other aliments.