Texas de Brazil blends the steak-centric cuisine of Texas with the traditional churrasco method of slow-roasting meat over an open flame grill to form a luscious meaty mélange. The full dinner ($39.99) marches out a cavalcade of choice cuts, allowing diners to welcome continuous windfalls of flavorful proteins. Brandish your table's provided card, green on one side, red on the other, and it will function as a meat traffic light that summons servers to either send stacks of seasoned beef, pork, or lamb skewers or halt plate traffic like a decorated culinary crossing guard. Or feel free to substitute greens for the grill by stepping into the sprawling salad-bar conga line ($24.99), two-stepping through toothsome goodies such as imported cheeses, steamed asparagus, and dozens of other hors d'oeuvres.
Cozy booths, bamboo decor, and bright sunlight set the scene for gourmet tropical-fusion meals at Rum Island Grill. Here, Chef Alberto Sierra works with fresh seafood and fruit salsas to create tasty dishes, such as coconut-crusted tilapia and rum-citrus mahi. He also infuses meat dishes with tropical flavors, including onion crested chicken breast with a rum-citrus glaze and pork chops with a honey guava barbecue sauce.
Guests can chow down in one of the dining area's booths or relax at the eatery's two full bars with a beer or a specialty cocktail while watching sports. On the weekends, they can enjoy live music from local acts.
A tall, freestanding chalkboard just inside the entrance of Tasty lists the day's specials, which are constantly changing. There, on any given day, visitors may find a fresh-baked vegetarian quiche, chicken simmered with tomatoes and spices served over rice, or hand-patted burgers topped with melted cheese. Diners dig into homemade favorites, including delicious omelettes, french toast, and biscuits and gravy. For lunch, burgers with hand cut fries, paninis, and fresh salads.
• For $10, you get $20 worth of steakhouse fare for lunch. • For $15, you get $30 worth of steakhouse fare for dinner. The chefs at Durango Steakhouse man an oak fire grill to seal the aromatic flavors of the Old West into their collection of meats, which include USDA Choice grain-fed beef. With menus for both lunch and dinner, diners can snag the delectable Southwestern pork chops for midday meat munching ($7.50–$12.95), or schedule a blind dinner-date with the 8-ounce sirloin steak seasoned with a blend of secret spices ($10.95–$13.95). Durango's sandwiches such as the margarita mahi-mahi with lettuce, tomato, and chipotle ranch ($8.50–$13.50) quell aggressive belly bellows; a selection of fajitas, quesadillas, and burritos encourage taste buds to straddle borderlines. Children ages 12 and under can delve into the kids' menu to polish off a plate of sirloin steak ($6.49), wreck a rack of ribs ($6.95), or name each noodle of the mac n' cheese after their favorite Supreme Court justices ($3.95).
The Knife Restaurant is a place of extremes. Meals are strictly all-you-can-eat, fueled by freshly sliced meats and plenty of salads and starters to go with them. But while the Argentine?style steakhouse may not favor moderation, this diversity of options can satisfy the finicky and the adventurous alike. The charcoal-grilled meats come in more than a dozen varieties, including flank steak, beef short ribs, pork ribs, house-made chorizo, stuffed chicken breast, and a seafood catch of the day. The grill?or "parrilla"?is self-service, too, allowing diners to select their own cuts of meats rather than having to win them in a traditional meat lottery.
A celestial ceiling that gives the illusion of dining under the stars casts a romantic aura over Pacino's two-story interior, as patrons savor aromatic Italian dishes that have earned the restaurant a high recommendation from Frommer's. Toothsome family heirlooms dot the menu, with classic starters such as garlic-scented roasted mussels, or the dazzling flaming cheese ($9.99), ignited tableside by the tiny dragons servers keep in their pocket. Forks cut in for dance with the linguini carbonara that twirls on a cream dance floor with prosciutto and parmesan ($13.99). Subtly breaded slices of eggplant surround a trio of Italian cheeses in the vegetarian eggplant rollettini ($13.99), and a pork shank simmers in barolo wine in the osso bucco, a meaty Northern Italian classic ($19.99). Groups of two or four complement Old World feasts with a generous pour of wine while admiring their reflections in the restaurant's Sicilian copper grill or diving through dishes on the outdoor patio.