The hybrid vegan café and gift shop deals in good vibes, whether they take the form of sandwiches and soups made from scratch, eco-fashions, or candles that both soothe the senses and keep away ghosts that are wearing flammable bed sheets. After tasting the zing of a spicy plum vinaigrette or biting into organic sprouted-grains bread at the Compassionate Café, guests can browse a selection of eclectic wares. Vegan jewelry sparkles with gemstones alongside Dead Sea mineral soaps and colorful socks made from recycled cotton, which are ideal for keeping a giant caterpillar warm.
The Boardman location also delves into the world of knitting with a lounge where needle artists can pick up skeins of silk or bamboo yarn, sink into armchairs, and clack away until they have a spider web to sleep in that night.
The cooks at Nova Bar and Grill purvey a menu brimming with Argentina’s characteristic blend of Mediterranean influences, from Spanish to Italian, using ingredients derived from South America's agricultural- and livestock-focused traditions. A trio of empanadas snuggles a blend of cheese, cumin-tinged veggies, and either spinach, beef, or chicken in its crispy pastry shells ($6). Churrasco, or grilled skirt steak ($16), showcases Argentina’s famously beef-centric cuisine, and a full cast of meats takes center stage in the parrillada's blend of skirt steak, short ribs, chicken, and argentine sausage ($29). Bites into the Angus burger's manchego cheese, bacon, and avocado ($12) energize palates more effectively than garnishes of pickles infused with pop-rocks, and slices of la argentina pizza serenade taste buds with an orchestration of red peppers, hard-boiled eggs, and tomato. As they dine, guests at Nova Bar and Grill can take in the eatery’s modern, geometric décor, with ceiling-high, cylindrical-shaped columns, as well as back-lit, rectangle-shaped cutaways and chrome, chair-shaped chairs.
Each day, soup chef Michael Sharpe uses grandmotherly soup recipes and the freshest ingredients available to brew hearty batches of soup and chili. Much like the weather and LeBron James's loyalty, the specialty-soup menu changes every day and boasts at least seven different daily options. Fan favorites include classic chicken noodle (Mon., Wed., Fri.), vegetarian black bean (Tue. and Fri.), beef chili (every day), and clam chowder (Fri.). Soups come with a roll or crackers and are available by the cup, bowl, pint, quart, gallon, or cauldron. Susy's also boasts a menu of salads and timeless sandwiches, such as the Rueben ($4.49 half, $7.49 whole); the turkey, bacon, and avocado wrap ($5.99); and the grilled veggie delight ($5.49), a herbivore-friendly profusion of provolone, cheddar, spinach, tomato, cucumber, carrot, red onion, and honey mustard between slices of multi-grain bread. Nab a Groupon to Susy's to supply your suppable, sippable needs after homespun attempts to impersonate James Bond's metal-toothed nemesis weld your bite partially shut.
Serving up French-style Louisiana cooking along with traditional American favorites for lunch and dinner, Fat Fish Blue also hosts live jazz and blues performances five nights a week. Start tongues tapping with a half pound of boiled crawfish ($6.99) and fried green tomatoes with collard greens, mobile relish, and Cajun mayo ($5.99). Entrees include the mumbo jambalaya chicken ($9.99) and the Cajun crawfish ravioli, which replaces the tiny crustaceans' hard outer shells with tender pasta and tosses them with sauteed chicken, onions, and pepper in a Cajun pepper cream ($17.99). Vegetarians can nosh a crisp veggie burger heaped with lettuce, tomato, and shaved onion ($7.99), while roving sweet teeth can be wooed back with desserts such as the carpetbagger, a chocolate sack filled with sponge cake, fresh fruit, and Godiva white chocolate mousse ($11.99). Fat Fish Blue also offers a spacious bar full of potent potables.
The staple of Sushi Rock’s menu is its selection of roughly 50 sushi, sashimi, and maki rolls, which collect multiple Japanese flavors into one neat package. The Sushi Rock roll alone packs a punch of shrimp tempura, crabstick, salmon, tuna, asparagus, and masago. A slate of USDA Prime steaks and fresh seafood entrees such as sesame-seared tuna complement the sushi-bar creations. Each meticulously plated dish arrives in Sushi Rock's ultra-modern dining space, where backlit bottles glisten against a cityscape mural in the bar area, and color blocks of red and black pop in the dimly lit dining areas. Together, Sushi Rock’s choice food and hip vibe earned it a No. 1 ranking on CityVoter's Best Sushi list in 2010.
Prime Rib Steakhouse's team of gourmands crafts a menu brimming with elegant American fare. All entrees begin with a salad of mixed greens, chopped eggs, cherry tomatoes, and croutons, tossed in a fresh herb vinaigrette by way of tableside trampoline. Guests who order a USDA prime rib dinner ($29–$46) can observe servers as they slice up the cuts of their choice on stainless steel serving carts, which also bear hearty helpings of mashed potatoes with brown gravy and Yorkshire pudding. Herbivores can devour the chef's special vegetarian selection ($26), and seafood lovers nosh on the fish of the day (market price) accompanied by locally farmed produce.