Waxy O'Shea's Irish Pub fortifies merrymakers with a menu of hearty, Irish-inspired provisions and flowing libations. Baskets of Waxy's beer-battered Atlantic cod and chips ($11.49–$13.49) prime thirstpumps for pints of British draft, and the Irish RLT, stacked with rashers of thick-cut bacon, towers over appetites ($9.49). Sip spoonfuls from a cup of bubbly beer-cheese soup ($3.49), and sample authentic edibles with a plate of corned-beef-and-cabbage boxtys, a traditional stuffed pancake drizzled with mustard-tarragon cream sauce ($11.49).
Brewing their own line of beans and building sandwiches and salads behind the bar, the staff of Jammin Java relieves coffee cravings as well as hunger pangs. The espresso machine whirs to life as baristas steam milk to create lattes, cappuccinos, and puffy foam clouds shaped like manatees. Stop by in the morning for pastries. In the afternoons and evenings, you can munch on sandwiches stuffed with roast beef, hickory turkey, and fresh, crispy veggies.
Roll like a cheese-covered circle to Billy's for pizza, pasta, and sandwiches. Billy's pizza comes cut thin and crispy ($7.75–$20.50, depending on size and toppings) or served deep dish ($14.75–$26.50) like they do in Chicago. This stuffed delicacy brings meaning to "pizza pie": it's full to bursting with traditional or creative toppings that aren't on top, making each forkful and knifeful a delectable surprise. Slurpable spaghetti comes with marinara ($7.25–$8.50) or meat sauce ($8.25–$9.50). No breaded bundle of meat from Billy's selection of sandwiches earns the adjective "finger"—sandwiches are mostly Chicago-style delights; try an Italian beef ($6–$6.60) and be sure to make it authentically Chicago-style by asking for plenty of dipping juice.
At Mitsu Neko Fusion Cuisine and Sushi Bar, diners savor Japanese delicacies of spicy crab, flavorful albacore tuna, and savory black tobiko. Guests chow down on American sushi-fusion inventions including cream-cheese philadelphia rolls or zesty california rolls. They can also dig in to morsels of black-cod, squid, and smoked-salmon nigiri freshly fished from the ocean or courageously stolen from the paws of nearby bears. Dessert is equally inventive, as the restaurant serves familiar meal cappers from outside the Japanese culinary tradition, such as puffed sugar cookies and crème brûlée.
Aside from the 14 nonfat and no-sugar-added yogurts on hand daily, the Peach Tree Frozen Yogurt’s biggest draw may be a toppings bar that hosts as many as 40 fruit, nut, and candy options. Among the piles of Captain Crunch and gobs of fresh-cut fruit, one can find a bin filled with Peach Tree's signature "bursting bobas"––little balls of sugar that, as their name implies, burst with tangy juice. The shop also blends bubble-tea smoothies that brim with fruit jam and chewy tapioca pearls. These creamy drinks come in 12 flavors, the most popular of which include mango, honeydew, and taro root. In addition to smoothies, Peach Tree now offers hot and iced coffees, lattes, frappes, and cappuccinos.
The colorful yogurts and smoothies feel right at home in a shop that’s decorated with beaded zebra-print curtains and walls of neon green, orange, and pink. A mural of jovial cartoon characters sprawls across one of the walls, welcoming customers with images of smiling deer, sparkling fairies, and stone-faced actuaries.
Heroes Coffee roasts, blends, and brews gourmet coffees from around the globe, giving back whenever possible by sharing profits with humanitarian organizations. The shop's artisan roasts fill mugs with flavors that range from light, citrusy notes to dark, brooding cowbell solos. Monin syrups and sauces transform lattes into potable sweets, and Dr. Smoothie wares infuse smoothies with luscious fruits, such as pineapples, mangoes, and blackberries. In addition to serving its coffee drinks at its own retail shops, Heroes Coffee fortifies other cafés with Astoria espresso machines, paper cups, and shot-put-ready airpots.