At Cafe Mediterranean, chefs strew tender chunks of lamb and beef with ribbons of virgin olive oil and fragrant spices. The menu spotlights seasonal fruits and veggies, saving them from dull fates as still-life models. Though recipes hail from Egypt, Morocco, and Lebanon, Turkish cuisine proves the chief focus: Turkish spices grace the shish and doner kebabs, and specialty Turkish beverages such as ayran cleanse palates and grant a break from arduous chewing.
Sushi Bears rolls fully cooked seafood and traditional sushi rolls under the direction of Chef Dan, whose passion for healthful eats led him to hold weekly sushi-making classes at Findlay Market. Sushi Bears’ menu includes smoked-salmon philly rolls and tempura-fried sushi. Chef Dan also hosts sushi-rolling parties in private homes.
Soho Sushi’s menu features a variety of perfectly prepared rolls and sea-centric fare in a casual dining environment. Soak up soy sauce with a bevy of bites that include signature rolls such as the spicy salmon, twined with cream cheese, scallion, carrots, and sesame seeds ($6.50), or the steak with jalapeño, asparagus, scallion, and yakisoba sauce ($6.50). If pre-selected recipes don’t suit your sense of rugged individualism, craft your own crazy roll concoction. Pick a wrap ($4–$5), add a meat ($1.50–$3), choose a veggie, and top it off with garnishes such as eel sauce or tempura crunch before flinging the tasty bites into your primary head-hole with an excessively complicated fish launcher. No matter where patrons sit, the friendly, attentive serving staff will try to meet any request, except for those beginning with "I dare you to…" Sample the sea’s natural bounty of fresh fish with today’s Groupon to Soho Sushi.
Housed in a historic and picturesque building, Olives serves up a wide array of upscale American noshes in both its spacious dining area and its wood-ensconced bar. Fork brandishers can unfold the wild-mushroom-and-artichoke strudel nestled inside a greek pastry ($7.95), or savor the Berry Goat salad—teeming with mixed greens, pine nuts, and sun-dried cranberries (half size, $4.95; entree size, $7.95)—by staring at it for 48 minutes before imbibing it. The blue-cheese-encrusted new york strip ($19.95) packs a juicy wallop of carnivorous flavor inside its 12 ounces, and the Aloha Express pizza ($10.95) whisks taste buds to the Hawaiian islands on a train of pineapple, canadian bacon, red onions, and mozzarella cheese.
Mac's Pizza Pub supplies mozzarella monomaniacs with scrumptious pizzas and booze enthusiasts with a pirate's treasure cove of cold beers. Voyage into spicy-hot lands by ordering the Mac-Attack pizza, a pie of hot ground beef, jalapeños, double pepperoni, and cheese ($13.79 for 12-inch). Or, create your own cheese circle by artistically arranging toppings of your choice in the shape of a dinosaur or crossing guard. Mac's pours frothy mugs of Bar Harbor's Blueberry Ale and locally brewed Mt. Carmel Nut Brown Ale from the tap, and the extensive beer list boasts a solid selection of bottled brewskies.