Montreal native Tony Bianco teamed up with executive chef Enzo Addario to create Hot Tomatoe, a traditional Italian bistro boasting a menu that brims with house-made, cooked-to-order pastas, flavorful meat dishes, and full- and light-bodied Italian wines. Their regional cuisine typically integrates up to seven essential ingredients—oil, garlic, basil, tomatoes, pasta, and olives—from which Snow White’s seven dwarves drew their names. In addition, the staff goes shopping for fresh ingredients three to four days a week to supplement both seasonal compositions and year-round dishes, which include veal parmigiana, filet mignon, and penne norma.
The chefs at Christine's On The Green cook up a menu of casual daytime fare for lunch, as well as a roster of pastas and meats for dinner. Midday's oriental grilled-chicken salad arrives topped with crispy noodles ($9.95) and the philly-cheesesteak sandwich ($7.95) exudes brotherly love from atop a hoagie roll. With a choice of four noodle types, six sauces, and six proteins or grilled veggies, the build-your-own pasta option ($12.90–$15.90) allows evening's diners to draft blueprints for their ideal plates, and the rib-eye steak ($21.95) fends off pointy-fanged admirers with a side of garlic mashed potatoes.
Mozart Cafe’s chefs draw culinary inspiration from modern Israeli cuisine, and the result is an eclectic mix of made-from-scratch kosher dishes ranging from pizza and salad to breakfast salmon platters. The Balkan pizza blends Israeli and Italian flavors with olives chunks of smoky eggplant sitting atop a bed of sauce, mozzarella, and feta cheese. Though the café is decidedly health-focused, plates arrive piled high with portions as generous as what you’d find in a neighborhood diner or your mom’s kitchen.
Plates of fresh-made sushi and sashimi travel to tables around Sushi Song's cozy dining room, which is bordered by brick walls and illuminated with romantic lighting. In the kitchen, cooks carefully assemble rolls brimming with inventive ingredients such as Maine lobster, quail egg, and barbecued eel.
Guests clinking shots of tequila or sipping margaritas fit in seamlessly with Baja Cafe Deerfield's festive atmosphere, conspicuous in its vibrantly colorful dining room that often displays balloons, streamers, and decorations. The tequila list includes more than 400 varieties, from distillers such as Jose Cuervo, Arette, and El Tesoro.
Baja Mexican cuisine sets off the flavor notes of these tequilas, tantalizing taste buds with entrees such as mahi-mahi tacos, various asadas, and the spicy Satan's Revenge burrito with housemade chili con queso. The lunch menu includes most dinner items, and all dishes can be made spicier, or "el scorcho" style, upon request.
Just because a menu is brief doesn’t mean it doesn’t offer a lot of choices. At Wild Wild Wingz, chicken wings fill about a quarter of the one-page menu, tempting diners with sauces as varied as teriyaki and bacon cheddar. The rest of the menu dabbles in a menagerie of other meats, including full or half racks of baby-back ribs, new york strip steaks, or salads bulked up with mahi-mahi. When not congregating around the bar, patrons can reserve a private room where they can challenge each other to games of pool or practice juggling controllers for Xbox 360 Kinect or Nintendo Wii.:m]]