Tom Yum's seasoned Thai chefs create authentic Thai dishes using trademark Thailand spices. The ingredient roster also extends to such flavor-enhancers as ginger, basil, and coconut milk, the kind of milk least likely to come out of a cantaloupe. Along with traditional rice, curry, and noodle dishes, they flame-grill and saut? exotic specialties, including a lobster pad thai and barbecue chicken with papaya salad.
The food at Lula's Latin Cuisine takes a Dominican slant, thanks to owners and partners Reimy and Lula Valdez. Each day, the chefs prepare menu staples such as golden-brown cheese empanadas and breaded steak. But the changing specials are the real stars, and up to seven are offered each day: you may encounter roasted pork on Tuesday or pork-chop stew on Sunday. Punctuate meals with a sweet ending, such as the Dominican-style cake, a yellow layer cake traditionally filled with pineapple and described by one North Jersey food critic as a "luscious confection" that will "give you something to celebrate."
"Just like home," reads the motto at El Tipico Sabor. Even if patrons don't hail from Latin America—where the menu's culinary influences come from—they're sure to think of their own homes when the meals' freshness and homemade style hits their palates. Dishes prepared with care at the BYOB restaurant include grilled skirt steak, mashed plantains heaped with chicken or pork, and empanadas.
You wont find any freezers at Mad for Chicken. The chefs shun frozen ingredients, prizing instead fresh, made-to-order meals that highlight organic chicken with no artificial fillers, preservatives, or hauntings. They fry the tender morsels twice in soybean oil and then brush them with a soy-based garlic sauce. This careful preparation extends to the rest of menu’s offerings, as the staff tosses french fries in parmesan and oregano and enhances dishes with more than a half-dozen homemade sauces.
Quiznos' toastmasters fix a fleet of submarine sandwiches using butcher-quality meats, fresh toppings, and an array of artisan breads, which they artfully assemble as you watch. Signature subs (up to a $6.49 value, though prices may vary by location) come straight from Chef Zach Calkins's gourmet cookbook. The protein-packed prime rib & peppercorn swims with sautéed onions and mozzarella, and each Baja chicken sandwich—like a bouquet of roses set on fire—fuses the sweet and the smoky. The turkey ranch & swiss arrives piled high with lettuce, tomatoes, and red onions, and a convivial quartet of cured meats bathes in red-wine vinaigrette upon the classic italian sub. Feel free to trap condiments between nine-grain wheat, rosemary parmesan, italian herb, or italian white breads, or avoid the bun concept entirely by either ordering one of five chopped salads, such as the classic cobb, or ordering your secretary to send bread's calls straight to voicemail.
Pizzas at Big E's Pizza & Wings come in one size: a hefty 18 inches. Cooks pile each slice with medleys of vegetables and sausage, or inventive ingredients such as baked ziti and eggplant parmesan. They prepare the All American Pie by topping it with bacon, french fries, chopped hamburger, American cheese, and onion rings, as well as by keeping one hand over their hearts and a single tear in their eyes. They also whip up non-pizza-related items, including eggplant parmesan, italian subs, cheeseburgers, and wings drenched in one of six sauces.
They maintain a BYOB policy, allowing patrons to pair the drinks of their choices with their meals, and kitchen staffers keep their ovens burning until 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday night.