The experienced cooks at Town Center Café treat taste buds to a menu of time-tested Asian recipes and American comfort fare. Diners can comfort grumbling stomachs with tempura-battered chicken glazed in a spicy orange sauce ($12.95), or patch up a broken model skeleton with a half-rack of asian grilled ribs brushed with citrus barbecue sauce and accompanied by wasabi fries ($9.95). A selection of fried, blackened, or broiled seafood keeps bellies from singing whale-songs of hunger, while entrees such as the baked mac 'n' cheese with lump crab meat ($10.32) encourage dramatic lip-smacking. Visitors can peruse public poker and pool league schedules posted inside of Town Center Café, or enjoy free WiFi and big-screen televisions in between bites.
Kenji Fusion caters to eclectic eaters with an extensive menu of multicultural cuisine. Spark lively conversations about the duality of literary metaphor and double-mint gum over a unique pair of appetizers, such as a bowl of lobster bisque ($8) and an eggroll for dipping ($2). Next, sample an entree of the Three Musketeers & Beauties, a multifaceted culinary creation boasting scallops, shrimp, chicken, and veggies soused in spicy garlic and bulwarked with four crab-meat wontons ($15.99). Kenji also features a full-service sushi bar and a sizzling hibachi grill, ideal for diners who prefer their stir-fry wrapped in seaweed and their raw fish cooked, A colorful and diverse décor lends the eatery an atmosphere as progressive and all-inclusive as its menu.
Brent's dishes up exquisite entrees, house-made breads, and desserts from a rotating menu, incorporating seasonally appropriate ingredients like a baseball player using a freshly harvested bat. The lunch menu offers elegant edibles such as sautéed prawns tossed with andouille sausage ($14) alongside sandwiches and wraps such as the signature big BLT with applewood-smoked bacon ($13). Enjoy a weekend brunch in Brent’s intimate and minimalist surroundings while noshing on the wheat-berry-bread french toast with Grand Marnier and pineapple syrup ($10) or biscuits with sausage gravy ($8). And the dinner menu propels jaded palates to tongue-twisting new realms with dishes such as the black-and-blue Hereford rib-eye steak ($38, 14 oz.–16 oz.) and Toni's favorite jambalaya with chipotle-dabbed shrimp, scallops, and crawfish-tail meat ($28).
After a long day in the sun, the relaxing coolness of a familiar bar can restore the vim and vigor lost to those nasty UV rays. That's where Tapps comes in. Within the cozy dimness of its wood-lined interior, the bar quenches thirsts with a robust selection of draft beer and craft brews, many of which stand on display within the bar's sleek geometrical shelves. The kitchen reinforces the welcoming vibe, serving hearty plates of 1-pound burgers, big burritos, and pulled pork drenched in Jack Daniel’s barbecue sauce. Nights end on a sweet note, too; in addition to favorites including turtle brownies and apple dumplings, cooks also deep-fry peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches for dessert.
To get a sense of The Greene Turtle's commitment to the neighborhood, one need only sit at the bar and look up. Dozens of mugs hang above the counter, emblazoned with the pub's logo and a unique number—each one belongs to a recurring patron. The Mug Club awards its members with draft-beer discounts and other specials, but more importantly, it allows loyal patrons to feel as though they own small slices of the venue without tattooing their names on the bartender's arm. This sense of shared familiarity is what fuels the entire franchise, which refrains from calling its locations "restaurants" in favor of friendlier terms: gathering places, communities, havens.
Many of the locations contribute more than mugs to their districts. Staff members who participate in the annual Tips for Tots program donate the entirety of one day's tips to a nearby Toys for Tots initiative, and Tuesday Funds for Friends events benefit local organizations. These efforts have been chronicled by press sources such as Food and Drink magazine, with features that liken The Greene Turtles' philanthropic generosity to the generous portions of comfort food that leave the kitchens.
From cheeseburger sliders and flatbread pizzas to handmade lump-crab cakes, the offerings on the menu embrace barroom traditions along with ingenuity. The steak and chicken entrees arrive with classic sides of green beans and yukon gold mashed potatoes, whereas the eastern shore mac ‘n’ cheese updates a comfort staple with chopped bacon, lump crab, scallions, and Old Bay seasoning. Diners can enjoy their meals by the glow of private flat-screen TVs—there's one in every booth—or beneath one of many larger televisions broadcasting sports games throughout the venue.
The chefs at Palm Tree Caribbean Restaurant bring the flavors of the islands to locals with traditional meat dishes and freshly caught East Coast seafood. Rich, spicy curries and jerk seasonings alight upon tender cuts of goat, chicken, and shrimp with accompaniments of yams, plantains, or rice and peas. The chefs cook up soul-food specials Thursday through Saturday, offering a Southern counterpoint to the oxtail and fish dishes that populate the menu throughout the week. Each item on the menu can be wrapped up in easily transportable carry-out snack boxes or chosen to cater events, allowing guests to enjoy the island fare anywhere.