When diners step into The Pomegranate and see kebabs, rice, and flatbreads decorating the menu, they might expect a typical Mediterranean meal. But the scent in the air should soon convince them otherwise. In the kitchen, chefs surprise nostrils and taste buds with Persian cooking's subtle combinations of herbs and mild spices, such as dried lime, rose water, pomegranate paste, and mint, combined according to secret family recipes in order to create a delicate, full flavor that dances across the palate. Their stews—including the signature chicken stew with walnut and pomegranate—simmer for hours, and house marinades result in tender, tongue-mesmerizing kebabs from fresh chicken, beef, and lamb. Yet not all the magic happens out of sight. The chefs grill their meats over an open flame before diners' eyes, hypnotizing, beckoning, and grabbing their attention without using cartoon hands made out of smoke. To maintain its authenticity, The Pomegranate imports its basmati rice and stocks the kitchen with fresh and healthy ingredients, which it transforms into meals for meat lovers and vegetarians alike.
With its wood-fired brick oven, mural of a seaside Italian village, and traditional recipes passed down through generations, Carmine?s Italiano re-creates the charm of Sicilian dining. Familiar staples such as baked lasagna and stuffed eggplant parmesan benefit from Old-World flair: handmade meatballs, mediterranean olives, and rich italian cheeses. At the same time, the Cajun pan-seared sirloin and barbecue-chicken pizza pay tribute to the restaurant?s American home so that chefs don?t have to stab a flag into each plate of spaghetti.
While sinking into a medley of shrimp, clams, and scallops or surprising tongues with the chicken Bryan?s sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese, guests absorb the comfort of their surroundings. Blue-padded chairs, sandy walls, and crisp white tablecloths contribute to a family-friendly ambiance, whereas private parties and wedding receptions benefit from the curtained skylights of a special dining area. Rectangular planters blossom with leafy greens around the room?s half walls, adding a splash of color to the space?s earth and wood tones.
Seasoned restaurateur Paul Briandi had already spent decades in the hospitality industry when he started WNY School of Bartending in 1978. Now located in a 2,800-square-foot facility, the company entertains the drink-mixing ambitions of both amateurs and soon-to-be professionals seeking certification. Paul's band of New York State Education Department-certified instructors focuses on both drink-mixing skills and the professional demeanor that characterizes top-notch service and leads to tips in more monetary forms than emoticons written on a napkin. The full-scale facility offers plenty of hands-on learning in garnish preparation, measuring methods, and computerized sales systems common to the industry. The instructors draw upon long barkeeping careers to engage students in role-playing scenarios, along with other instructional tricks that instill the importance of customer interaction—the finer points of which the school boasts as its specialty.
Ever since Cindy Barrett opened Comfort Zone Cafe in 1997, she and her family have worked tirelessly to meet her vision of what a coffee house should be. From the fair-trade Arabica coffee to the free WiFi, everything is geared to make patrons feel welcome.
In the mornings, cooks prepare sandwiches and toast bagels for breakfast served all day. They then begin grilling paninis and simmering made-from-scratch soups as morning ages into afternoon. Guests can sip caf? drinks
such as the Almond Joy latte or the Emerald Champagne?a medley of pineapple, celery, and fruit juice served over ice.
The menu of old-fashioned fare, such as made-to-order subs atop just-baked bread, is as fresh as a caveman emerging from a block of ice. The café's long list of namesake sandwiches come in three sizes to accommodate munchers of every magnitude, ranging from classic turkey ($5.59 for a medium), tuna ($5.59 for a medium), and veggie ($4.49 for a medium) varieties to gussied-up grub such as meatballs in marinara with mozzarella ($5.99 for a medium). Those raised by a family of cured meats can reunite with a savory surrogate Godfather, which is piled high with genoa salami, capicola, and spicy ham ($5.99 for a medium).
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Ying's Wings and Things is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
The patio tables outside of Ying's Wings and Things are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
The large dining space at Ying's Wings and Things provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
The restaurant frequently features a DJ, so patrons can treat their ears to some of the best beats around town. Those who enjoy dancing can make their mark on the open floor.
Decibels can approach upper limits at this restaurant, so it's best to leave quiet conversation for another time.
Fridays and Saturdays really bring in the crowds, so make sure there's space for you by calling ahead for a reservation.
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Ying's Wings and Things.
Ying's Wings and Things also offers delivery and take-out options for those who want to make it a night in.
Ying's Wings and Things prides itself in its delicious catering.
Parking is available at an adjacent lot.
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Ying's Wings and Things serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.