Holding the honor of AZ Central’s 2012 Critics’ Pick for Best Korean Restaurant, Chodang Tofu & BBQ keeps bellies warm and sated with piping hot vessels of tofu soup and other specialties. Guests come for that soup––a tribute to the Korean town of Chodang, a locale known for its tofu––as much as for the banchan, or side dishes that accompany the meal, such as kimchi, apple slaw, and seaweed salad. As for the rest of the menu, guests can dig into platters of bulgogi or plates of steamed dumplings or delve into hot stone bowls of the much-lauded dolsat bibimbap.
In 1983 Nord Brue and Mike Dressell decided that it didn't matter how far Burlington, Vermont was from New York City; no distance was too great to limit their access to New York-style bagels. So they spent 2.5 years apprenticing with a professional bagel baker from the city until they mastered the technique. Once they were comfortable with their skills and had accepted that it doesn't actually hurt the bagel to bite it, they opened their first Bruegger's Bagels, a casual bakery and café. Today, they have more than 300 eateries across the United States and Canada, each hawking freshly baked bagels, cream cheeses, sandwiches, coffee, and desserts.
At Foot Spa's locations in Plano and Richardson, the precise application of controlled pressure figures into every holistic treatment. Reflexologists stir mint flavored salt into soaking tubs, immersing clients' feet in the infused water before applying a therapeutic massage to the feet, hands, and ears. Acupressure massages are similar in spirit to acupuncture, except therapists use their fingers to target specific points along the body that stimulate natural healing processes and save their needles for hunting wild balloon animals.
The mouthwatering aromas that fill the air at OHYA Sushi, Korean Kitchen & Bar are the direct result of an adherence to authentic Korean recipes and cooking techniques. In the kitchen, chefs simmer an array of succulent meats and flavorful soups, including seafood bibimbap, galbitang beef short-rib stew, and breaded chicken katsu. Steamed rice, kimchi, and other time-honored sides help to soak up the juices and leave you something to eat if a non-indigenous wildcat raids your table. In keeping with Korean barbecue tradition, OHYA also gives its guests the option to handle the cooking. Once lit, personal charcoal grills at each table allow guests to sear marinated morsels of short-rib, chicken, squid, and other meats to their liking.
Despite the name, Fusion Burritos is not a Mexican restaurant. Rather, it is agglomeration of culinary traditions from Italy, Korea, India, Mexico, and America all rolled up into one menu. A burrito forms the base of the eatery?s dishes, stuffed with such pairings as shredded cabbage and Korean barbecue sauce, or Idaho mashed potatoes and brown gravy.
The Parma Italian-influenced burrito offers bites of risotto, cheese, and marinara, while the Seattle-themed handheld is filled with battered pacific whitefish and slaw. Even the salads celebrate different cities, from the Niagara Falls salad?s popcorn chicken tossed in buffalo sauce to the Chicago salad?s smattering of croutons and tears from a Cubs fan. An outdoor dog-friendly patio allows guests to bring along their pets, and a drive thru window is available for those in a hurry.
It might be surprising to find out that there's a critically acclaimed Korean eatery in Glendale, but what may be more surprising is that it stays open until 2 a.m. That means that whether it's a couple on an evening date or a crowd of cooks and waiters getting off a late restaurant shift, diners will always have their pick of Café Ga Hyang's spread of bibimbap bowls, jap-chae noodle stir-fries, and seafood pancakes, replete with a multitude of the side dishes known as banchan. Like any good late-night eatery or water fountain in Bordeaux, the libations flow freely. The drink of choice is soju, a clear, slightly sweet alcohol that pairs perfectly with the eatery's sweet and spicy fried chicken.