Pacific Spice’s friendly staff members guide patrons through a multicultural menu, sending diners hurtling mouthfirst through the varying cuisines of Japan, China, and Thailand. Groups of four or six searching for a dinner that's more entertaining than a kleptomaniac with a hole in his pocket can sample the theatrical steaming hibachi dinner. Tableside experiences begin with a round of shrimp appetizers and salads. Single-protein entrees such as salmon fillet offer concentrated flavor, and combination platters of filet mignon, shrimp, scallop, and lobster tail hit all of the different taste receptors—sweet, salty, meaty, and lobster. All entrees stick triple-axel landings onto waiting plates to the delight of hibachi vegetables, steamed or fried rice, and an array of ecstatic dipping sauces.
Behind the horseshoe-shaped bar, Cedarcrest Tavern's bartenders pop caps from beer bottles, pull draft taps, and shake cocktails with top-shelf liquors. More than 20 televisions broadcast sports games throughout the tavern, from their ceiling mounts above the bar or tucked into individual booths. Elegant candelabras, framed mirrors, and wood accents contrast the utter modernity of the sprawling flat-screen monitors.
The TVs aren't the only sizeable rectangles at the restaurant—the large menu presents hand-cut fries, burgers, and steaks, which can be enjoyed over games of trivia on Tuesday nights. Other events—such as ladies' and guys' nights, college football celebrations, and live music or DJ's—make Cedarcrest a leisurely destination, unlike Accounting World, where you get to ride rollercoasters, but only while filling out 1040 EZ forms.
Toting an arsenal of fresh ingredients and time-honored recipes, Paisano’s Italian Restaurant serves an extensive menu of authentic old-world dishes, including oven-baked pasta and hand-tossed pizza. Starters of mozarella fritte ($7) mask triangles of mozarella cheese with breading to sneak up behind ravenous appetites and give them a soothing massage. Pizza pros channel culinary secrets of the original Italian pizzerias to hand-toss the freshly made dough that lays the foundation for specialty pies, including the Meat Lovers ($18.50 for an 18”), a shrine devoted to pepperoni, italian sausage, and sliced meatballs. Sautéed chicken, spinach, garlic, and mushrooms swim laps around chicken florentine's ($13.90) miniature Olympic pool of wine butter sauce, and layers of meat and cheese bedeck Paisano’s baked lasagna ($12.95).
The chefs at Mango's Sushi and Sports Bar delicately coil up sushi rolls and sauté entrees on hibachi grills. They fill the menu with salmon, asparagus, spicy scallop, and crabmeat rolls, as well as entrees such as chicken fried rice, teppan-style steak and shrimp, and teriyaki chicken wings.
Away from the stadium lights and pyrotechnic touchdown dances glimmering from the bar's flat-screen televisions, delicate glass pendant lamps hang over the sushi bar, where patrons can pull up a stool to sip on fruit-infused sakes and watch the chefs at work.