Burgers, beers, and fries are pub staples, but the versions that emerge from the kitchen at Social House Kitchen & Pub are anything but the norm. Fit for foodies and casual diners alike, the menu puts a gastropub spin on its eats. Crispy pork belly and mushroom gravy coat the “loaded” fries, and the American classic burger comes with a crown of candied bacon. Other entrees that shake up familiar dishes include beef short ribs with egg, fish ‘n’ chips with apple slaw, and a dip sandwich finished off with rosemary aioli. Behind the gleaming bar top, bartenders pour out 32 craft brews, which patrons enjoy inside a modern space that features a mixture of rustic wood furnishings and bright white upholstery.
For more than 20 years, the chefs at Ali Baba Restaurant have churned out healthy and flavorful Mediterranean and Lebanese meals. They pile plates with traditional Mediterranean specialties, including seasoned gyros and beef shish kebabs, and Persian delicacies such as lamb filet steak and joujeh kebabs, each served with basmati rice and spiced onion. Turkish coffee and Persian iced tea lend every dish an authentic edge. With a private event area capable of seating 90, a resident hookah lounge open every day, and weekend belly-dancing shows, the spacious eatery possesses more entertainment value than an ice-skating rink populated by overcaffeinated cats.
The cuisine at Sinbad’s centers around Lebanese influences, as well as staple Mediterranean ingredients such as healthy grains, vibrant vegetables, olive oil, and fresh meat. During lunch, diners can enjoy the outdoor patio’s open atmosphere by using it to start a bowling tournament with deep-fried balls of falafel. The selection of dinner entrees is diverse, ranging from grilled lamb shish kebabs, served with tahini and basmati rice, to veggie aarayes—a vegetarian pita pocket filled with tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, garlic, oregano. Friday evenings summon guests to the eatery with live music and belly dancing.
The Bowl Asian Kitchen treats visitors to a smorgasbord of colorful, savory rice bowls made with hand-trimmed meats, fresh veggies, and made-from-scratch sauces. To create a custom meal, diners pick a bed of brown or white steamed rice or stir-fried noodles, then pick and choose from a healthy roster of add-ons including cabbage, zucchini, and morsels of barbecue pork, curry chicken, and teriyaki beef. And because The Bowl strives to make it easy for customers to adhere to a healthy lifestyle, it makes the nutritional content of its dishes readily available on its website.
At Azian Restaurant Sushi & Korean BBQ, chefs take care to form every sushi roll by hand following traditional Japanese techniques, but they ask for a little help preparing their Korean barbecue dinners. After marinating pork and beef in soy sauce, garlic, pepper, sesame oil, and sugar, chefs send the uncooked meats to tables where guests take command and grill their meals on a gridiron to seal in flavor and football metaphors. Guests sear meats on the tabletop cooking surfaces and can round out their suppers with warm, baked lobster rolls, hot bottles of sake, and cool scoops of green tea ice cream.
San Giorgi's Coffee's commitment to the earth extends beyond the sustainably grown coffees and teas that line its shelves; the café’s wooden coffee bar and rustic decorations pay subtle tribute to the fertile soils in which beverages began. Each bean and leaf that passes into the café’s mugs is certified organic, and the majority of products also pass stringent fair-trade guidelines. Frozen drinks and smoothies cool off tongues after heated exchanges with rival prime ministers, and paninis are grilled in a press until they are as flat as the tablet PCs soaking up the café’s free wireless Internet.