Crazy Chinese Buffet lives up to its moniker by serving a slew of more than 200 daily buffet options. Mongolian barbecue, fresh sushi, a salad bar, and delicious fruits and desserts are always available. The restaurant keeps its doors open seven days a week.
The chef at Thai Papaya tantalizes taste buds with fresh-to-order dishes concocted from family recipes handed down through generations straight from Thailand. Traditional Thai favorites such as pad thai ($10.95) and deep-fried spring rolls ($4.50–$7.95) populate the menu alongside spicy specialties such as jungle curry ($10.95), which descends upon dense stomach terrains with bamboo shoots, mushrooms, and a choice of meat, all served by a waiter with a safari hat and musket. Sensitive tongues can avoid a mouth-fire with milder fare, including chicken cashews ($11.50) that juggle sweet peppers and onions to entertain their audience of egg whites and rice. Thai Papaya Cuisine also features a separate vegetarian menu for diners who converted to a meatless diet in hopes that it'll reverse their unfortunate metamorphosis into a velociraptor.
Nakashima is a popular Japanese surname, but Babel Bar & Lounge visitors might assume it translates to "lots of flavor in a tiny space." That's because the bar's Nakashima roll encompasses 11 ingredients, including yellowtail, spinach, cream cheese, and jalapeño. The pepper reappears in Babel's Devil's Breath roll, a fiery medley of spicy tuna, sriracha, and jalapeño masago.
Though sushi dominates the Babel menu, cooks make a few alternatives for non-sushi eaters, including egg-drop soup and kale chips. Handmade cocktails pair perfectly with the bar's eats, as well as the cozy, exposed-brick space's entertainment, such as open-mic nights and live music every Thursday–Saturday.