Nitrates and phosphates have no place at Grilla Bites. As a former organic farmer, Fred Marken founded Grilla Bites to serve and support his community with natural foods from local farmers. Free of hormones, growth stimulants, and other additives, his cornerstone all-natural sandwiches include chicken breast smothered in chipotle aioli and turkey layered atop avocado and soy bacon. The soy bacon strips also top burgers, which come with four patty options: veggie, organic tempeh, natural beef, and local, grass-fed bison. Vegetarian- and vegan-friendly options abound, including curried tofu sandwiches, a salad bar rife with locally grown fixings, and cheese quesadillas. To wash down organic feasts, the staff serves up organic juices, smoothies, and coffees.
Zest Kitchen & Bar was built on a farm-to-fork philosophy, meaning the restaurant relies almost exclusively on organic, local, and sustainable ingredients. The result is a menu packed with globally inspired and seasonal dishes, such as stuffed avocado with spicy seasoned walnuts, pico, and cashew sour cream. Following the kitchen's lead, Zest's bar features cocktails handcrafted with fresh ingredients, as well as organic wines, beers, and other spirits. Such variety enables the restaurant to transform into a colorful late-night lounge complete with live music from a resident DJ on the weekend.
They might specialize in Thai food, but Bangkok Classic certainly pulls culinary influences from throughout Asia. It's apparent from the first glance at the appetizer list, where guests will see egg rolls filled with glass noodles, wontons with sweet chili sauce, and curry puff pastries. Curry reappears later in the menu, in seven varieties such as an eggplant-salmon blend with coconut milk and bell peppers. The specialty entrees are steadfastly Thai, including pad palam, a choice of stir-fried meat mixed with peanut sauce and a blend of carrots, zucchini, and steamed cabbage.
Inspired by India's popular street food scene, India Masala Express recreates northern- and southern-style recipes—particularly south Indian Chettinad food—on its ever-changing daily menu. Recent dishes from the food cart have included vegetarian mushroom curry and chicken keema curry, and idli, or lentil-rice dumplings. India Masala Express boxes up its entrees into tidy lunchboxes, which patrons can take away to eat where they please, or have delivered on days the food cart doesn't set up shop.
Kulnapa Siripong learned to cook Thai cuisine at a young age alongside her mother in the kitchen. Now she shares those recipes at Bangkok Terrace, an eatery she opened in the Gallivan Center in 2012. Marinated duck served with her special honey sauce, fresh papaya salad, and Thai-style barbecue are a few of her specialties. She also simmers seven types of curry, infusing it with the piquancy of curry pastes imported from Thailand. After the main course, diners can sweeten palates with housemade coconut or coffee ice cream.
Fats Grill fills its space with all the ingredients of a good time, including a menu populated with burgers, pizza, and sandwiches, a fully stocked bar, 12 flat-screen TVs, and seven pool tables, a setup that has won the hangout City Weekly's Best Pool Joint 13 years in a row. Twelve is the number of its burgers, all served on toasted sheepherder rolls with toppings such as bacon, jalapeños, and pastrami. Toasted sourdough builds the foundation for the grill's sandwiches, and pizza crust keeps italian sausage, red onion, and pineapple chunks from gracing the floor with their presence. Fats Grill also houses a newly renovated basement concert venue, a place where local musicians take the stage every Friday and Saturday night to belt out the name game using every audience member's name.