Lin's Asian Bistro unites Chinese, Japanese, and Thai specialty dishes on a menu divided into more than a dozen categories, including a health and diet section with mostly vegetarian options. Open daily, the restaurant whips up each creation in a fashion true to its culture of origin, such as Thai specialty The King & I–jumbo shrimp and scallop, cooked with Thai spices, and combined with basil and peppers in a spicy brown sauce.
Although tomatoes top the grocery list each week at Twisted Tomato, the pizzeria's most prominent ingredient might be cheese. It's melted inside crispy pizza rolls and calzones, layered across 7- or 14-inch grinders, and sprinkled over hand-spun specialty pizzas such as the Maui Wowi, which is generously topped with ham, pineapple, and plane tickets to Hawaii. Additionally, parmesan, provolone, and blue cheese abound on Twisted Tomato's salads, and cheesecake makes a sweet ending for a dairy-driven meal.
Colorful murals depicting desert landscapes cover the walls of Hot Tamale Cafe, creating a casual environment in which to enjoy hundreds of possible Mexican-entree combinations. The menu abounds with sea scallops and shrimp fajitas, generously sized chimichangas, chorizo tacos, and burritos stuffed with seasoned potatoes, avocado, and black beans. Staff also pours 12 varietals of tequila and serves a tempting selection of cervezas, daiquiris, wines, and knock-knock jokes.
When Ronn Teitelbaum opened the first Johnny Rockets location in 1986, his goal was to create a restaurant where people could escape the postmodern blues of everyday life and experience a taste of time-honored Americana. The name itself is a nod to this ideal—it combines the star of a classic American fable, Johnny Appleseed, and a classic car, Oldsmobile’s beefy Rocket 88. The chain now makes itself at home in America's cultural landmarks, including Yankee Stadium and the Flamingo Hotel.
During dinners at the famous burger joints, you’ll see signs of simpler times, starting with the cooks and servers—dressed head to toe in white, including white paper hats, they look like they’ve fallen out of a wormhole from the 1950s ready to sling shakes and cook up some eats. Behind a stainless-steel bar lined with red leather stools they tend to their traditional diner fare, including burgers and melts with sides such as chili-cheese fries and onion rings. Riding sidecar to each meal is a collection of hand-dipped and hand-spun floats, shakes, and malts topped with whipped cream.
At Don Pepe Mexican Restaurant, an expansive menu of fajitas, burritos, and steaks illustrates the breadth and depth of the Mexican culinary tradition. Nachos in 10 varieties greet diners with juicy morsels of chicken or beef and a crunch that could wake a jet-lagged Rip Van Winkle. Enchiladas team up with tacos or tamales to form hearty combos, or go solo to showcase classic Mexican ingredients such as poblano peppers and green tomatillos. Quesadillas can be stuffed with vegetarian-friendly fillings, such as mushrooms, or meaty delights, such as house-made chorizo. To round out meals, xangos come with a dusting of cinnamon sugar that impresses sweet teeth as much as a coating of edible diamonds.
Winston's Backyard Grill knows how to please a crowd: with burgers and pizzas, flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, comfy booths, and Sunday brunches. The inviting, homey restaurant creates a welcoming vibe with a fountain and greenery outside, and a relaxed atmosphere upon entering. The whole family can find a favorite meal here, with a kids' menu available for lunch, dinner, or brunch alongside the regular menu packed with American favorites.