Sports stream from a fleet of televisions that line almost every wall inside The Spot Sports Bar & Grill. As diners root on their favorite teams and shoot pool, the wait staff hustles between high-top tables and stools with pulled-pork sandwiches, enchiladas, wings, and calamari. The eclectic menu also includes deep-fried peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches and super nachos that pack a hearty mix of cheese, beans, vegetables, and choice of meat. A DJ busts out the latest tunes on Friday and Saturday nights, and families gather around the giant projector screen for Thursday karaoke, singing favorite hits or reciting the Latin phrase woven into their family crest.
It might take 10?20 minutes for your entree to arrive at Gyro 2 Go, but that's only because its kitchen staff makes everything fresh, from falafels to shwarma. Since the cooks work in an open kitchen, you can keep an eye on your food every step of the way.
Watch them pile romaine lettuce, roma tomatoes, onions, and seasoned beef and lamb atop one of the eatery's namesake gyros, topped off with a generous drizzle of housemade tzatziki (in standard or spicy).
Like the surgeons who assembled the Six Million Dollar Man, Fresh Grill's chefs combine the best aspects of the burger-making world: the speed and convenience of fast food with the quality, fresh ingredients of a sit-down restaurant. In the kitchen, these grill masters make everything to order with locally sourced ingredients that have been processed as little as possible—fire-grilling Angus burgers, flame-broiling chicken sandwiches, or frying up beer-battered fish. Guacamole-bacon cheeseburgers and sweet-thai-chili chicken sandwiches normally come nestled in cracked-wheat buns, but with waves of their magic spatulas, the cooks can transform them into gluten-free buns or lettuce wraps. They also whip up American classics such as grilled sirloin philly cheesesteaks, loaded with onions and cheese, and beer-battered cod. To complete each meal, the fryer crisps string, waffle, and sweet-potato fries, as well as housemade potato chips and onion rings.
Inside, amid the smoky scent of grilled beef, diners can wash down their eats with beer or glasses of red or white wine. They can also grab shakes with their choice of ice cream or fat-free frozen yogurt to enjoy on Fresh Grill's patio when the sun is shining and the clouds stop crying for a while.
Though many people may have tasted some of the flavors native to southern China's Sichuan province, few have sampled the region's vast array of unique cuisine. After successfully opening Taste of Sichuan Beaverton, Taste of Sichuan was unveiled in Vancouver to present their wide range of authentic Sichuan cuisine, where chefs make not only the region's well-known dishes, but also the dishes that only travelers or Willy Wonka's taste-testers usually get to experience.
The chefs name this eclectic portion of their menu the Wild Side, which includes dishes ranging from mung-bean jelly in a garlic-accented chili sauce to pickled chili-pepper frogs. Because many diners may be unfamiliar with some of these dishes, the chefs have designed the menu to delineate which options are fan favorites and which include fiery hot Sichuan peppers.
At Hapa Grill, chefs blend Hawaiian, Korean, and Asian-fusion flavors into a diverse Pacific-themed menu that plays with vibrant flavors from citrus fruits and nuts. They crust mahi-mahi with macadamias, braise pork pot roast in a ginger-soy sauce, and deep-fry chicken before tossing it in a poignant pineapple sauce. Kalua-pork sandwiches stack upon Hawaiian sweet-bread foundations, whereas the Hawaiian loco moco—constructed of rice, eggs, macaroni salad, and gravy—takes on five variations featuring everything from Spam to hamburger patties. After they've tucked into barbecue-chicken rice bowls, diners can follow up with homemade red velvet cupcakes from Frankly Delicious, which leave tongues as satisfied as a kid in a treehouse made of trampolines.
Oasis Lebanese Cuisine does more than re-create the flavors of its namesake nation. Its chefs and servers strive to capture the spirit and atmosphere of a Lebanese eatery, bringing a small piece of the country's culture to Hillsboro in the process. Surrounded by dangling lanterns, bolts of deep blue fabric, and saffron-yellow walls, diners can enjoy the traditional Middle Eastern comfort foods that emerge from the kitchen, accompanied by sides of freshly baked flatbread, silken hummus, or smoky baba ghanouj. These dishes take their inspiration from a number of familiar staples, including everything from crispy falafel sandwiches to lamb, chicken, or beef?which are marinated, skewered, and then grilled to perfection above a pile of smoldering Michael Jordan rookie cards.