The team of grilling maestros at Lick’s Homeburgers & Ice Cream bring a menu of burgers, wraps, and diner fare to life with quality ingredients, such as lean ground steak and fresh vegetables delivered daily. The Lick's homeburger ($4.99) is a savoury patty made from steam pasteurized Canadian beef, that can be topped with mango chutney or zucchini relish before it chugs toward expectant mouths atop a fresh-toasted bun. Lick’s soy-based vegan Nature burgers ($5.49) sate palates with their hefty quarter-pound composition virtually devoid of cholesterol. A Chick’n Lick’n wrap ($6.99) snuggles barbecue chicken breast and melty cheese into a soft tortilla, and trans-fat-free regular fries ($2.89) cooked in 100 per cent canola oil before dutifully accompanying main dishes on the harrowing voyage from kitchen to human stomach to whale stomach.
At Sea 2 Fork, sustainability is key. The chefs curate a list of suppliers known to harvest fish using sustainable methods—plucking fish from pristine waters without damaging their natural habitats and the other species that dwell there. They also keep meticulous tabs on where and when fish were caught. This effort ensures that diners can enjoy freshly caught salmon, mussels, and scallops while helping to maintain the diverse eco-system of the land's lakes, oceans, rivers, and gold fish bowls. Everything on the menu—from beer-battered cod to trout to Lake Erie pickerel—is free of antibiotics or hormones, so diners can rest assured they are nibbling on healthy morsels.
Further demonstrating their commitment to sustainability, Sea 2 Fork is a partner of Oceanwise. This nonprofit organization teams up with restaurants, markets, and suppliers to help them satisfy their patrons' bellies while keeping an eye on preserving aquatic life.
Santa Fe Southwestern Grill's menu draws inspiration from both sides of the Tex-Mex border, concocting hearty eats with all-fresh ingredients. Submerge talkative tortilla chips in a telepathy-silencing pool of peppery Southwestern Con Queso cheese dip ($3.99–$6.79) before training your tractor beams on the eatery's specialty fajitas. Diners select a hunger-appropriate pile of grilled chicken, steak, or combination of the two, then wrap the savoury protein in warm flour tortillas, sautéed spanish onions and bell peppers, homemade guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and iceberg lettuce (from $14.95 for 1/4 lb. to $36.95 for a full pound).
There isn't just one type of fish and chips at Caz's Great Fish—there are eight. That's because owner and founder Douglas Casimiri doesn't like the number seven and doesn't take his seafood selection lightly. Instead, he chooses only chemical-free halibut, salmon, and tiger shrimp to create his signature fish and chips. Chefs batter or oven-bake filets and serve them alongside an order of fries made from two pounds of potatoes. Casimiri and his staff also showcase their filets in other gourmet seafood dishes, such as beds of greens with boneless filet and honey ginger baked halibut topped with caramelized onions. The chefs also go above and beyond those of the average seafood joint by utilizing flavors from throughout the world; calamari and shrimp are topped with a sweet and spicy orange Thai sauce and filets in Cajun or Jerk spices for a taste of the Caribbean.
Chefs at Crepe Delicious swirl paper-thin layers of batter onto their piping-hot crepe griddles, perfuming the air with the enticing aroma. Shortly after, the cooks lift away delectable crepes ready to be stuffed with savoury ingredients. The crepes themselves weigh in at only about 130 calories each with just 3.5 grams of fat, but they sate appetites during any meal.
In Treviso, Italy in the 1930s, Ivy converted her family’s front patio into a small eatery, feeding local workers family recipes crafted with eggs from her farm. Ivy’s cooking quickly gained popularity among the townsfolk, and when people mentioned her grill they noted that it could be found on the “sunny side” of the street. Nearly 70 years later in 2004, Ivy’s grandson opened Sunnyside Grill to serve the same home-cooked breakfast food that made his grandmother a success.
All of Sunnyside Grill’s locations serve breakfast all day long, pairing grade AA large eggs with premium-grade bacon and sausages crafted from a blend of pork and beef. Lunchtime items include 100 per cent pure beef burgers, classic BLTs, and caesar salads, which put an end to midday stomach rumbling that makes people look out the window to search for an approaching thunderstorm.