The only thing that's bad about ordering pizza is that no one can ever agree on toppings. At My Pi Pizza, that's not an issue—each of the restaurant's gourmet pies is made from 9-inch slabs of dough, the perfect size for individual consumption. Customers can top their pizzas with custom fixings, including their choice of sauce and cheese, or opt for one of My Pi's signature creations, such as a Pi'Racha with spicy sriracha sauce, banana peppers, and jalapeños. The high-quality pies are matched by a hand-selected lineup of craft beers, a small selection that changes monthly but has included Terrapin's Hopsecutioner and Magic Hat #9.
Sugies Cafe II looks like any other diner-style eatery, with customers belly-up to the counter or gathered around six-top tables. But in this intimate space, alongside burgers and tuna melts, the kitchen crafts Lebanese food by hand. The grill sears Mediterranean spiced meats for shawarma and kebab plates, and for a lighter meal, pita wraps pair well with smoothies made from real fruit as opposed to Froot Loops.
The menu at Aavtar Indian Cuisine keeps going and going: 10 lamb dishes, biryani, six tandoori delicacies, and page after page of chicken, vegetarian dishes, fish, and chutneys. Naan sails out of the restaurant's clay oven stuffed with potatoes or topped with garlic and cilantro. It then meets up at the table with tandoori shrimp, chicken tikka kebab, and homemade mango ice cream.
At Capt's Tavern Riverfront Grill, diners sup upon fresh fish and lobster while overlooking the calming, adjacent waterfront. The eatery's menu sates patrons with seafood-stuffed entrees and pastas including classic fish and chips ($12) and hearty bowls of seafood mac 'n' cheese, loaded with shrimp, scallops, and the catch of the day ($19). Savor the lobster risotto ($20) or catch the cashew salmon, sautéed and topped with a light dill cream sauce ($15). Turf-bound tastes include the Ring of Fire burger, which sports jalapeños and pepper-jack cheese atop a blue-cheese-stuffed Black Angus sirloin patty ($10).
At Ivy Lane Bistro, chefs blend international recipes into a uniquely American menu. At breakfast, they design daily quiches, crust french toast with Frosted Flakes, scoop mascarpone into crepes, and customize eggs benedicts to order. At lunch and dinner, they draw from European and Asian culinary styles to layer flatbreads with duck and hoisin sauce, hand cut 8-ounce fillets, and roll up lasagna noodles with prosciutto and ricotta. The aromas of their simmering and baking fill the café-like space, bouncing off the chalkboards on the bright-red walls and wafting out to greet guests dining alfresco on the historic brick-paved sidewalks. These aromas join the complex bouquets of wines from North and South America, Europe, and New Zealand and mingle with music during evenings with local musicians, Sunday jazz brunches, and Whistle-to-Yourself Wednesdays.
Since 1948, grills have kissed aged steaks from Chicago and Kansas City with open flames to take center stage on Gene's Steak House's menu bolstered with select classics dishes and fine wines. Cuts of beef range from 6-ounce petite filet mignons to 28-ounce porterhouse-steak behemoths, each carved from corn-fed, immaculately aged meat. Diners can relive fishing trips or nightmares about aquariums with plates of char-grilled stuffed grouper, lobster tails, and salmon. A list of over 200 fine wines from around the world lends bouquets to balance every smoky flavor, highlighting steaks with French red bordeaux and complementing seafood with German white varietals.