At Orient Garden Restaurant, established in 1997, egg drop, wonton, or hot 'n' sour soups pair with fresh-cooked Chinese favorites such as General Tso's chicken, sesame chicken, and Singapore noodle in addition to flavorful curries. Diners can order the soups as a starter or as part of a combination dinner, which includes an egg or spring roll and steamed or fried rice, as well as an entree. Along with combination dinners, the menu includes a variety of lo mein, vegetarian, and hot and spicy entrees. Guests can take their meals to go or enjoy them in the restaurant. Catering for parties of 10–500 people is also available, with a choice of pickup or delivery.
Behind the sushi bar, the chefs roll vibrant slices of spicy tuna, salmon, and crabmeat between rice and seaweed and deep fry california rolls to add a crispy outer layer to each bite. In addition to crafting fresh sushi rolls, the chefs dazzle onlookers as they toss and sizzle chicken, steak, and salmon entrees on hibachi grills.
Inside the kitchen at Le Mussels, chefs combine Asian, American, and tropical influences, revering seafood above all and using it to unite disparate culinary styles. Pots of mussels can arrive in a traditional broth of white wine, garlic, and butter, or in an international mélange with cilantro, Japanese sake, or spicy Italian sausage. During each mealtime rush, housemade mango salsa is poured generously over coconut-crusted tilapia while the kitchen’s grill tops teem with Angus-beef patties and tuna steaks.
Eleven flat-screen televisions surround the intimately lit dining room, which creates a modern, industrial ambiance with its high ceilings, exposed ductwork, and coal-powered napkin dispensers. As the sounds of sports broadcasts echo throughout the space, guests can visit the bar and snag a hand-shaken cocktail or a beer from the ever-changing selection of 18 domestic and imported drafts.
Sunlight pours through Tony's Oyster Bar & Restaurant's towering windows as waiters carry plates of Cajun and creole-inspired seafood to tables. Ocean specialties from the raw bar include pecks of oysters, pounds of shrimp, and clusters of Alaskan snow crab, accompanied by kitchen-prepared entrees such as barbecue baby back ribs and buttery lobster tails. Guests can perch upon stools at steel tabletops in the casual bar area or venture onto the hardwood floors and white-clothed tables of the main dining room, as they sip wine and cocktails from a full bar. Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights offers diners a welcome reprieve from evenings of listening to an apartment’s rattling pipes desperately try to keep rhythm.
The Carriage House Restaurant offers a page- and head-turning menu of hearty entrees. Lead with The Carriage House's signature relish tray ($2.99–$4.99), which is a smorgasbord of pepperoncini peppers, celery, black olives, pickles, and bread. For dinner, the flank-steak beef strips ($11.49–$12.99) come delectably marinated in a piquant blend of oils and spices, and the chopped sirloin steak ($9.99–$10.99) is freshly ground and served next to a sizable mountain of onion rings. Those yearning to remember their tenure as mascot for the Detroit Claw Hands can bite into the Maryland crab cake ($10.99), featuring tender snow crabmeat lightly coated in breadcrumbs and served with homemade cream sauce. Peruse Carriage House's wine and beer menu and flush down scraps with a glass of the light-bodied Bogle Sauvignon Blanc ($6) or the Asheville-brewed Highland St. Terese's Pale Ale ($3.50).
Ryan's intimate, upscale surf-and-turfery lures fine diners with its gourmet starters, hearty soups, succulent steaks, fresh seafood, and other carnivorous delights. Signature menu offerings include the bemonocled oysters Rockefeller ($11.95), grouper Key West (with roasted new potatoes and fresh asparagus, $28.75), and the steak au poivre, a pan-sautéed pedestal of bovine decadence with classic cognac cream sauce ($32.95). Meal toppers include a gooey, delectable slice of southern-style pecan pie ($6.25) and caffeinated pick-me-ups such as Ryan's cappuccino (with cocoa and cinnamon, $4.95) or the sprightlier Irish coffee (with Old Bushmill's Irish whiskey, $6.95).