A fire-engine-red edifice and azure doors usher patrons into the technicolor interior of Estrada's Mexican & Caribbean Restaurant, an expansive eatery that celebrates the succulence and spiciness of Mexican and Caribbean cuisine. Semicircle booths with glass tabletops hoist up traditional Mexican dishes loaded with sautéed beef, chicken, and vegetables, as well as platters that circulate the aromas of Caribbean delicacies such as fried yucca and plantains. Patrons who sidle over to the restaurant's full bar receive rewards in the form of south-of-the-border beer, homemade sangria, and Academy Awards for Best Chugging.
Al Fin Restaurant prides itself on its authentic Nicaraguan cuisine and an array of Latin American dishes, which won it a gold-level As Fresh As It Gets award. The eatery's signature pupusas, a treat originally from El Salvador, consist of a corn tortilla pocket stuffed with ingredients such as cheese, pork, and beans. Diners can also sample nacatamal, tamales wrapped in banana leaves, a dish as popular in Nicaragua as apple-pie-eating baseball players are in America.
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Chinese Dim Sum | Succulent Seafood | Lunchtime Crowds | Opulent Setting
When to Go: Koi Palace is notorious for drawing big crowds, especially for the dim sum. But know this: the dim sum is only served during lunch hours, so plan your visit accordingly.
While You're Waiting
Weary workers were the first dim sum diners. After a long day, they'd stop into small eateries built along Cantonese roadsides for the comfort of hot tea and bite-size snacks. Dim sum traditions have evolved since then; the dining experience is now more social than solitary. At Dim Sum King, families and friends gather to share leisurely meals of sumptuous Cantonese-style small plates. Weary workers are welcome too, of course: don't be surprised if you see a businessman devouring Peking-style spare ribs, or a mime slurping hand-pulled noodles after escaping his last invisible box of the day.
Dim Sum for the Novice (or the Aficionado)
You may not be familiar with every dish on Dim Sum King's menu of delicacies. Here's a quick rundown of highlights, ranked from most familiar to most adventurous.
Momiji's signature dish is ramen, but don't expect the salty, microwaved stuff popular with college students. The ramen here is as authentic as it comes, with fresh ingredients like udon noodles, mushrooms, and soft-boiled eggs simmering in one of 10 varieties of chicken- or pork-based broth. Vegetarian versions, meanwhile, are prepared using a savory kelp and mushroom base, and customers can customize their steaming bowl by giving it a name and picking and choosing from a list of 14 vegetable and meat toppings. Beyond the comforting soups, chefs here whip up a list of mostly seafood-based small plates, including deep-fried octopus or Japanese whiting fish, as well as a number of donburi, or rice bowls, topped with proteins like Japanese fried chicken and braised pork belly.