Flames from a glowing hibachi grill flicker beneath China Inn's expert chefs, who incorporate fresh ingredients into their selection of Chinese and Japanese noodle dishes. They drizzle signature teriyaki sauce across yakisoba noodles and tailor the spice level of hot braised wings to each diner’s desires.
Formosa Chinese Cuisine's colorful dishes enliven tables with plates of meat, noodles, and fried-rice dishes, as well as contemporary takes on classic Chinese flavor profiles. The menu lists time-honored dishes such as mongolian chicken ($8.25) and beef lo mein ($7.50) among a cavalcade of entrees that can be written down and given to Santa as next year’s holiday wish list. Seafood entrees, such as a peppery shrimp with ginger scallions ($9.50), ship ocean-fresh cargoes of shellfish to awaiting taste buds, whereas veggie-flecked dishes such as the Triple Green ($7.25) liven sides of fried or steamed rice with verdant landscapes of broccoli, snow peas, and string beans. Like a Yanni album, the chef's specials section offers contemporary original recipes that blend complex flavors, textures, and tastes, as exemplified in dishes such as the nutty sesame shrimp ($10.95).
Chef Jim Sikes culls seasonal ingredients into masterpieces of classic Big Easy cuisine so fresh the menus are rewritten each week. Dinner diners can munch on fresh crab claws ($13.95) and cakes ($9.95) dipped in homemade rémoulade before tasting Jimmy’s bud-kicking jambalaya with fried green tomatoes ($16.95) or fillet of pecan-crusted trout with apple chutney and potatoes ($19.95). For lunch, Jimmy’s serves up soft-shell crab BLTs ($9.95) and a selection of po' boys stuffed with beasts of the land and sea ($6.95–$8.95) alongside a bowl of The Real Thing gumbo ($4.95). Entrees always arrive with a side or two in tow, yet still delight in pairing off with a glass of wine ($5.95–$8.50) from Jimmy’s 200+ bottle wine list, recipient of a Wine Spectator 2010 Award of Excellence (bottles start at $22).
Oscar's Steak and Seafood silences grumbling stomachs with an expansive menu of juicy steaks, sumptuous seafood dishes, and homemade desserts. Formulate entree-eating strategies over a basket of fried green tomatoes ($4.99), or skip to a sizzling 12-ounce New York strip paired with two classic sides such as onion rings, a baked potato, or a piece of kelp shaped like Robert Frost ($16.50). Oscar's chefs pour parmesan cream sauce on pan-seared tilapia and sautéed shrimp in the tasty Creole Catch ($15.99), and join surf 'n' turf by marrying a 12–14-ounce Rib-eye steak to shrimp, oysters, or scallops, uniting land and sea in their mutual contempt for sky-food such as mashed clouds ($24.99).
• For $35, you get a two-course dinner and wine for two (up to a $72 value). Click here for an overview of the courses. • For $65, you get a two-course dinner and wine for four (up to a $144 value). Click here for an overview of the courses. Java Tropico Seafood and Grill pleases palates with an expansive menu of fresh, seasonal dishes forged from predominately locally sourced ingredients. Meals begin with a choice of 19 appetizers, including Eastern-inspired spring rolls teeming with vegetables and shrimp, swordfish ceviche marinated in citrus and infused with tropical salsa, and fresh-made chips and dip. Bold flavors emanate from main courses foraged by land, such as the java-grilled chicken fajitas, by sea, such as the grilled or blackened, salty-sweet wild Alaskan salmon, and by both, such as the lobster-tail-and-steak combination—a delicacy grown only on farms that encompass grassy fields and an entire ocean. Diners can compassionately pair dishes with their Dionysian soulmates by selecting from Java Tropico's cubby of house wines, containing glasses of cabernet sauvignon, chianti, pinot grigio, and champagne. Cosseted in an exotic ambiance of tropical-themed festoons, colorful rope lights, and a bevy of neon luminaries, patrons can enjoy the company of fellow diners while discovering what it would be like to inhabit the mind of a Devo band member.
Young Barn Pub & Oyster Bar respectfully contests the notion that the coasts have a monopoly on oysters. They put a southwestern spin on theirs, prepping them Texas-style?baked and covered in cajun seasonings, cheese, bacon, and jalapenos. There are also Wild Bill's oysters, named for the famous gunslinger's ability to hit an oyster from 20 yards away on the shoreline. These up the seafood ante with toppings of shrimp, scallops, and crabmeat, plus bacon and mozzarella.
Purists can still get their hands on oysters Rockefeller or oysters on the half-shell, of course. And aside from shellfish, Young Barn's menu features po'boys, ribeye steaks, shrimp platters, and even pizza and pasta.