Pooja Cuisine of India’s owners, Asha and Satish, opened their eatery to pay homage to the distinctive dishes originated by the restaurants and chefs of their Indian homeland. They specialize in vegetarian and vegan Indian fare, such as delicate rice dosas stuffed with curried vegetables or fresh cheese and all-you-can-eat thali platters. Their chefs whip up spicy morsels for dine-in customers and for their catering business, where they transport homestyle meals to events such as weddings, corporate meetings, and World’s Greatest Grandpa award ceremonies.
At Lamppost Pizza and Main Street Brewery, cuisine cravers soothe cantankerous bellies with the slew of hand-tossed pizzas and Italian fare that fills out an extensive menu. Make a sacrifice to your temple of taste with an appetizer of cheesy, bacony potato skins, bolstered by ranch dressing and vegetables ($6.49), before moving to a circular entree. The eight-slice garlic chicken supreme pizza ($19.55) brings hunger pains to a halt, and the Linebacker inundates the palate with mozzarella, pepperoni, salami, canadian bacon, ground beef, sausage, and textbook-tackling form ($19.55 for an eight-slice pie). Pair a specialty pie or a sandwich with an ale, lager, or stout from the rotating list of beers fermented in the Main Street Brewery and relax at the Cheers-style wraparound bar that is perched in front of the TVs.
At the medieval-themed Radcliffe’s Royal Ribs, colorful hanging banners adorned with family crests and a suit of metal armor set the scene for a hearty menu of finger-licking barbecue fare mixed with Old English favorites. A queen-sized plate of grilled Cajun shrimp ($12) fills bellies flanked by one of seven sides, including smoky baked beans and grilled asparagus, and the king-sized brisket ($15) roasts overnight in a dragon’s orthodontic retainer. Diners clasp gauntlets around the barbecue-chicken sandwich on a sesame bun ($9) or lick their chops in anticipation of the brisket on a french roll ($9). A large outdoor seating area fills about 50 patrons with mirth as friends sip bottled and draft beers and joust with leftover rib bones.
A thatched roof hangs over the namesake bar at Tiki Island Bar & Grill. In addition to sheltering bartenders from the sweltering indoor sun, this tropical decoration pays tribute to the Hawaiian-style dishes that emerge from the kitchen. These include grilled shrimp quesadillas with mango salsa, mahi mahi, and tacos brimming with slow-roasted Kahlua pork. Island ingredients also sneak onto salads in the form of shredded carrots, diced tomatoes, barbecue ranch dressing, and Katsu chicken—a type of deep-fried, panko-crusted tender.
Beyond the tiki bar, more than 30 flat-screen televisions surround a spacious main room replete with four billiards tables.
The menu at Jimmy's Diner is an eclectic ode to breakfast, lunch, and dinner served in a lively, 1950s-inspired diner atmosphere. Toast a coffee to the king-size Elvis portrait and demolish a denver omelet, a fluffy pillow of ham and cheese boogying besides onions and bell peppers ($6.99). Or drizzle the syrupy juices of a maple tree upon the buttery surface of the pancake breakfast combo, which is flanked by two eggs and bacon or sausage links ($3.99). Afternoon appetites can assault hunger with the chili-and-cheese burger, a beef patty crowned by homemade chili and a halo of molten cheese ($4.49), or reap the towering rewards of a properly stacked reuben sandwich ($5.79). Steak fries accompany all day dinners such as the rib-eye-steak plate ($10.99), and the sound of thick milkshakes ($2.99) being squeezed through a straw evoke a time when jukeboxes played vinyl and even bullies weren't above breaking into song.
The same master chef has captained the sushi bar at Sushi Kawa Sports Bar & Grill for more than a decade, folding fresh scallop, tuna, and salmon into a sweeping array of colorful specialty rolls. As he works, a team of kitchen chefs whips up tender teriyaki dishes, flavorful Japanese curries, and simmering udon-noodle soups. Diners await their meals out in the sleek bar area, sipping on specialty cocktails and sharing giant towers of draft beers beneath the glimmer of widescreen TVs. Twice a month, a live guitarist appears on the scene and fills the room with the melodies of classic-rock, jazz, and country tunes.