After taking a good, hard look at the food Americans eat and the process it goes through before arriving on their plates, the owners of the Green Room Bistro & Juice Bar found not only cause for alarm, but also the inspiration to open their own local foods restaurant using many organic products. With a firm belief that good food can also be exquisite, the restaurateurs teamed up with local farmers to assure their menu presents only the freshest and healthiest unprocessed proteins, vegetables, and fruits available. Dishes such as regional, grass-fed beef burgers, vegan portobello burgers, and gluten-free apple walnut salads come packed with nutrients and flavors, just as Mother Nature's son Carl intended. To complement the green cuisine, the owners set up a juice and beverage bar that slings fruit smoothies, Oogave natural sodas, and Peace Coffee.
Sakura Japanese Restaurant's chefs forge sushi and Japanese dishes, which emerge into a dining room filled with art and racks of katanas. Smaller knives hew fresh fish into specialty rolls at the sushi bar, and tableside hibachi grills sizzle meats, seafood, and vegetables before audiences of captivated diners and concerned piles of dry straw. An all-you-can-eat menu replenishes plates with unlimited sushi and tempura, and the restaurant's BYOB policy allows guests to bring along their own bottles of wine.
To create Pad Thai Restaurant's namesake dish, chefs stir-fry thin rice noodles, shrimp, bean sprouts, and crushed peanuts into a house sauce, the recipe of which is a closely guarded secret. It's one of more than 100 authentic Thai items that the culinary team creates using ingredients and herbs predominantly imported from Thailand. Along with coconut, ubiquitous bean sprouts and crushed peanuts fill the authentic thai pancake. Pineapple curry coats succulent cuts of duck, and a housemade sweet and sour sauce balances sesame-covered chicken. Glasses of thai iced tea or iced coffee wash down meals, but the BYOB restaurant also allows diners to supply their own drinks, rather than sip from a straw that connects to an opened soda in their car.
The Whole Cannoli serves a fresh menu of breakfast and lunch fare, made with a focus on local and organic ingredients. Sip the café's made-to-order fresh-pressed coffees or fresh-fruit smoothies, and adorn your free hand with some handmade cannoli (available in traditional, chocolate, caramel, peanut, or almond) ($2.50). Spin the traditional like it's the Earth atop Shaq's finger by sampling the Sicilian cannoli, filled with candied fruit and nut-laced orange-blossom cream ($3.25). Baked breakfast is also available, with options including meaty, cheesy, and vegetabley frittata ($3), and bogliolati Italian sausage ($1.50).
While adults sip gourmet brews from Seattle’s Best and bolster blood cells with fuel from the colorful and healthy menu, children can chow down on grilled Cheesasaurus sandwiches or dash off to one of the three sunny adjoining playrooms. One space entertains kids ages 2–6, encouraging theatrical, creative play, while the s'mores-soft Tot Spot amuses kids under 2, and older kids improve hand-eye-coordination playing a variety of video games. Adults can choose to observe the anthropological doings within, or check kids in with a qualified playroom sitter and return to the calm land of rooibos, biscotti, and the art of adult conversation.