At Sessano, proprietor Santino Ciccaglione layers savory meat and cheese atop fresh bread to create a menu of hearty cheesesteaks, hoagies, hot-pressed paninis, and wraps. Sessano’s award-winning, roast pork sandwich ($6.95) helms an impressive fleet of hefty eats, from beefy sirloin cheesesteaks ($6.95) to zeps ($5.50) that fly into mouths at cruising altitude. Dinner parties, potlucks, and sandwich-scarfing contests can provision themselves with the catering menu’s 20-serving trays, replete with six types of hoagie or wraps filled with chicken caesar, chicken tender, or caprese fillings.
At Aman's Indian Cuisine, traditional spices, herbs, and vegetables transport tongues to the other side of the globe with Indian classic vegetarian and omnivorous menus. Saag paneer's glaciers of house-made cheese bob through creamed-spinach waters rippling with mild spices ($10.95), and ginger and garlic greet taste buds making contact with tadka dal's yellow lentils ($9.95). After it's puréed, baingan bharta's grilled eggplant mixes with a spice-adorned combination of tomatoes, onions, and peas ($10.95) as skillfully as two mischievous children in one white suit mix in with a crowd of departing astronauts.
The cooks at Zen Asian Bistro & Bar please palates of all types by uniting classic and contemporary dishes on an expansive menu of Asian cuisine. Appetizers awaken taste buds with clamorous crunches from pork, shrimp, or veggie spring rolls ($1.75) or splashes of wonton soup ($2.25 for small; $4.25 for large). Piquant flavors abound on spicy dishes such as the general tsao's chicken or tofu ($11.95) or scallops and shrimp ($16.95) with nature's natural perfume: garlic sauce. Along with traditional plates, the eatery also yields meals with a modern take including beer-seared beef ($15.95) and shredded chicken with nutritious black fungus ($12.95). For midday feasting, diners can choose the create-your-own lunch ($7.25+) and select three types of vegetables, one type of meat, various sauces, and as many spices as desired or required to look more like a chili pepper.
Cranberry Cafe's mavens-in-charge Soo and Cathy innovatively combine sauces and spices to craft salads drizzled with feta vinaigrette and sandwiches smothered in creamy cranberry mayo. Fresh ingredients become breakfasts, brunches, and lunches that land on checkered tablecloths or are delivered to customers' doorsteps and burrow openings.
At El Sarape, the Marin family and their chefs eschew southwest and Tex-Mex recipes in favor of traditional and contemporary Mexican cuisine. Housemade corn dough morphs into chicken sopes and tortilla wedges, which diners dip into nachos with chihuahua cheese and pico de gallo. The kitchen also serves chipotle mashed potatoes beside pork tenderloin in tomatillo sauce and prepares skewers of shrimp and scallops Mazatlán style. At the bar, patrons can sample an array of tequilas while admiring the paintings adorning the walls, from a mural of a pastoral countryside to a topographical map of Mexico’s fourth dimension.
Inspired by the cuisines of Italy and Greece, Greco Roman celebrates its bicultural roots by slinging authentic fare culled from Old World recipes. Alongside bread baked daily in the kitchen's ovens, tables swathed in white tablecloths overflow with generously portioned platters. The eatery's walls display vibrant Mediterranean scenes of columns, windmills, and whitewashed buildings, and tables are often adorned with fresh flowers, candles, or a tiny Atlas to hold plates during mealtime.