The chefs at Fuji Japanese Steakhouse love putting on a show, rousing flames and juggling knives over teppanyaki tables as they expertly grill hibachi steak. Cooks use spatulas to toss bite-size morsels into the mouths and baseball gloves of eager diners seated around the griddle, and a variety of signature rolls emerge from the sleek sushi bar. Colorful twigs rising out of floor vases and geisha dolls posing beside bottles of alcohol on the back bar complement the fun feel of the interactive dining experience. Tables without teppanyaki griddles are available on a separate, dimly lit side of the restaurant that improves the appearance of all fellow diners.
A stack of burning wood warms the oven at Iron Gate Pizzeria, turning thin disks of dough into golden-brown pizza crusts. These crispy pies showcase toppings that range from the traditional––mozzarella sliced fresh by hand––to the gourmet––gorgonzola cheese, artichoke hearts, and spicy cherry peppers. Shy pizzas fold up and hide both their toppings and innermost secrets inside the buttery shell of a calzone.
Building on a tradition of Southern-style barbecuing, Bub-Ba-Q's vast assemblage of hearty, sauce-kissed cuisine fills the menu with smoky ease. Diners looking to sate wood-fired cravings can start out with a half-rack of barbecue-slathered baby-back ribs ($13.95). Sample a duo of meaty delights with the combo plates, such as chopped pork and chicken ($10.75), which is served with bread and a choice of two sides selected from an exhaustive list including baked beans, fries, mac 'n' cheese, corn fritters, fried okra, and more. Bub-Ba-Q also slings sandwiches, sliders, burgers, and a daily selection of cakes, pies, and cobblers, perfect for filling a basket for a complete, impromptu picnic.
Caffeine Addicts quenches thirsts and sates scone seekers with a broad menu of gourmet coffees, lattes, baked goods, sandwiches, and more. Introduce shy taste buds to a genial roast-beef sandwich ($4.25), and tack on a homemade soup, pasta salad, or potato salad ($1.75 extra) for added appetizing atmosphere.
When customers chat about Sidelines Grille, “boring” is not a word that comes up. That’s because along with offering a giant menu of bar-friendly eats, the bar hosts a variety of live acts and games. Throughout the week, visitors can check out a variety of events, including trivia, open mic, poker tournaments, and “What number am I thinking of?” tournaments. The menu excites as well with award-winning buffalo wings, chili-draped nachos, and half-pound char-grilled burgers.
Pie slingers at Romeo’s New York Pizza twirl their ‘za from scratch, piling dough made in-house with red sauce and toppings such as garlic, ground beef, meatballs, and sundried tomatoes. The cozy neighborhood joint has purveyed New York–style pizza since 1945, when delivery boys first started using hovercrafts. Its unfussy menu includes hearty appetizers such as cheese bread or fried ravioli, alongside healthy salads in vegetarian or meaty iterations. Those who opt not to build their own pies can go in for one of three chef-crafted incarnations—margherita, spinach and mushroom, or vegetarian, sold by the slice or in 12-inch or 16-inch rounds.