At Sakura Sushi House, fresh morsels of fish, eel, and octopi nestle into handcrafted rolls, a hibachi grill sears steak, and teriyaki sauce infuses chicken and tofu with savory flavor. Patrons perch at the granite-topped sushi bar and browse a menu brimming with four pages of specialty sushi rolls, or lounge in maroon booths, filling squirt guns from bowls of udon noodles. In the kitchen, chefs season meats ranging from filet mignon to lobster and augment shrimp tempura with teriyaki. After chopsticks ferry the final pieces of maki to tongues, punch their timecards, and head home, diners sip hot or cold sake to finish the evening with a final gustatory flourish.
Owner and chef Matt founded the The Souper Market to brew up original soup and salad concoctions from preservative- and additive-free ingredients. Chicken andoullie sausage mingles with shrimp and its poultry namesake within hearty scoops of jambalaya ($3.75–$7, or $13.75 for 32 oz.), and the roasted ratatouille’s vegetable medley sets tongues to merrily dancing ($3.25–$5.50, or $10.50 for 32 oz.). Guests can gussy up the blue greens salad ($5.25) with a less tasty Bedazzling gun or a more delicious blue cheese dressing made by hand in-house, which, along with other dressings and vinaigrettes, is available for purchase by the pint ($5).
Beer and pub food are the name of the game at The Grille on Waterloo. Guests can nosh on a variety of appetizers such as bacon cheddar fries or fried mushrooms, or jump right into the pulled pork sandwich, Cajun burger with mozzarella, or wings with 13 different sauces and 2 dry rubs. They can then complement meals with 1 of the 34 draft beers, which includes Dortmunder Gold or Shock Top raspberry wheat, or bottled beers such as Heineken and Red Stripe.
Taylor Hackett knows a thing or two about feeding a crowd. The head chef of Simply Gourmet Catering spends her days preparing light hors d'oeuvres, deli sandwiches, salads, and hearty entrees for groups of 8–16 people at small special events such as baby showers and birthdays. She draws from across the culinary spectrum, whipping up pastas such as vegetable lasagna and baked ziti with gouda, as well as more than five types of sandwiches, including a turkey and cheddar wrap, muffuletta, and BLT. She’ll even work around food allergies or dietary restrictions, preparing vegetarian and gluten-free selections upon request.
The environmentally conscious chefs at Tree Hugger's Cafe unite locally sourced organic ingredients into healthy, flavorful fare that respects Mother Nature. Every dish on the eco-friendly menu comes free of hormones, pesticides, and plastic fruit, and many are also vegetarian, vegan, raw, or gluten-free. Paninis cram fillings such as grilled eggplant and homemade pesto between slices of fresh artisan bread, and burgers mash up such ingredients as organic chicken and feta or sweet potato and quinoa. Breakfast dishes include house-made granola, muffins, and mixed-berry couscous. Tree Hugger's Cafe tries to reduce its carbon footprint by using compostable containers, blowing kisses to clouds, and outfitting the café's interior in recycled decor.
Two Dads' Diner relies on fresh, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible to put a healthy spin on homestyle comfort fare. Classic diner eats and updated dishes fill the menu from beer-battered onions rings with a homemade dipping sauce ($3.25) to corned beef, sauerkraut, and thousand island–stuffed irish eggrolls ($4.75). Fuel up for the day with savory biscuits and sausage gravy ($4.25) or vanilla cinnamon-battered french toast ($3.75), which offers a sweet early-morning surprise, like finding a basket of kittens nestled in your bed. A half-pound burger can be slathered with one of six melted cheeses and extra toppings such as mushroom or chili ($5.95+), and the tender chicken paprikash punches up palates with a chive spaetzle ($8.95). Vegetarian dishes such as a portabella sandwich ($7.25) cater to those who prefer their meat meat-less, and homemade desserts and frosty milkshakes ($1.95) positively reinforce a body’s craving for sweets. Patrons can savor each mouthful within Two Dads' Diner's cozy interior peppered with fabric-covered booths, muted green walls, and dressed-down water glasses.