Though a dessert display case, rustic wooden tables, and exposed-brick walls ground this eatery's casual neighborhood appeal, the food at Lillies remains decidedly upscale but still approachable. A team of chefs draw from Italian culinary traditions when crafting Mediterranean seasonal dishes?including gourmet pastas, roasted lamb, and gourmet eggs benedict?trumped up with demi-glaces and aiolis. Bartenders concoct cocktails and martinis in between pouring international beers and wine to complement the cuisine's distinctive flavors. During warmer months, guests can enjoy their meals on the patio, where Mediterranean touches, including indigo mosaic-tiled tables and olive-oil waterfalls, reflect the cuisine?s heritage.
Behind an entryway guarded by brass and ceramic figurines, Rasoi—which means kitchen in Hindi—serves up traditional Indian fare bursting with aromas of cumin, garlic, and ginger. Black, lacquered tables populate with salmon and lamb dishes roasted in a clay tandoori oven. A full menu page of vegan and vegetarian dishes mingles fresh chickpeas and eggplant with dry mango powder and green cardamom. And, after sopping up the last of a three-course Thali feast, guests can sip on a sweet mango lassi or rub the mint-green walls to test whether they’re scratch-and-sniff.
A large chandelier illuminates servers in black vests walking past walls the color of butternut squash as they carry platters of charcoal-grilled tandoori. At Mehak, which means “aroma,” crisp white tablecloths support plates of marinated salmon and baked shrimp alongside curry dishes and warm naan bread. When patrons are not busy sending an expeditionary force of spoons deep into steamed rice pudding to seek out pistachios, they can ask servers about the weekend brunch buffet or gather intelligence on nearby vegetable samosas.
The extensive menu at RICE Asian Fusion Cuisine and Sushi Bar is packed with treats and may call for model-UN-level decision-making skills. For starters, sample some speared chicken satay with tangy peanut sauce ($6) or juicy pot stickers ($5). Savory Thai curries infuse hungry bellies with a healthy dose of warmth and spiciness ($11–$14). Numerous fusion dishes include walnut shrimp served in a creamy honey sauce with rice ($13). The sushi experts at RICE roll out platters of traditional sushi such as the spicy tuna roll with avocado ($7) along with an expansive list of special sushi such as the mango tango roll made with unagi, bell peppers, and cucumber, topped with avocado, mango, and unagi sauce ($11).
Litestars lightens up diner's diets with nutritionally balanced, functional foods prepared fast and fresh on-site each day. Friendly counter service greets eaters hooked on health with a menu that won't weigh down tummy tanks. Included are delectables such as ratatouille tartlets ($4.25), gluten-free soybean chicken salads ($2.05 per 1/4 pound; $7.10 entree), and a variety of soupdrinks served in 12-, 16-, and 20-ounce cups—the Fizzly tickles tonsils with red beets ($2.95–$4.95), while the Funshine flavors taste buds with butternut squash and sweet apples ($3.10–$5.15). Breakfasters can break a fast with the juice of freshly wrung-out oranges ($3.95–$4.95), cold and hot whole grain cereal sprinkled with wheat germ or flaxseed ($2.45–$3.45), or an oat bran flaxseed banana muffin ($1.85). Many of Litestars' items feature the flavors of local products, such as the bison tartlet prepared with meat raised in Maryland at Gunpowder Ranch ($5.30).