The chef deep-fries half a boneless duck until it forms a crisp outer shell and then douses the poultry in a honey-barbecue sauce. He then moves to another grill and browns prawns marinated in a tequila cream sauce. Eclectic dishes, such as the honey-roasted duck, fill Siam Patio Thai Cuisine’s menu. Unique ingredients pop-up in all aspects of the menu—from curries with a pumpkin and seafood pairing to a deep-fried crispy chicken sautéed with mango. Chefs also include old Thai favorites on the menu, such as pad thai and fried-rice dishes, for those who prefer the comfort of familiarity, much like hugging an imaginary friend.
The team behind the espresso bar at Amore Cafe pays great attention to detail, prompting second glances with elegant leaf and flower designs illustrated across the foam of lattes and cappuccinos. The eatery’s culinary artisans treat the menu with the same respect as they artfully assemble BLTs and vegetarian eggplant sandwiches on house-baked bread, and embellish kabobs with vivid splashes of pomegranate or saffron sauce. Original house recipes serve as the blueprint for Amore’s tuna salad, bacon quiche, and verde sauce, which provides an extra kick to omelets so diners won’t have to chase bites with raw chili peppers.
The cooks at Sauce’d Pizza & Cocktail House know that the authenticity of a wood-fired pizza can’t be replicated in a standard oven, so they don’t even try. Instead, they heat up their menu’s signature pizzas the old-fashioned way, and, like the architect of the world’s first all-edible skyscraper, top them with surprising fixings such as honey and sliced pears, smoked salmon, or hummus. Paired with the house’s popular mozzarella garlic knots and a tasty cocktail or two, the pizzas evolve into a filling meal best enjoyed alongside live guitar or jazz music.
Mr. Pickle, Big Jake, and Fast Eddy aren't characters from a documentary show about digging for gold in Alaska—they're the names of specialty sandwiches at Mr. Pickles Sandwich Shop. Each sandwich has a personality of its own: Mr. Pickle is piled high with chicken, bacon, avocado, and melted jack cheese and the Fast Eddy is hot roast beef smothered with bbq sauce and melted cheese. The shop is equally adept at crafting such classics as tuna salad sandwiches or make-your-own options with a choice of meat, cheese, and bread.
Bruce and Etty Blackman, owners of Sam's Kosher Style Restaurant & Deli, have been in the eatery business for more than 25 years, filling the bellies of people of every creed. From breakfast to dinner, they stack plates with delicatessen classics such as eggs and omelets, sliced meat sandwiches, and comfort fare entrees. Their menu blossoms past the confines of dietary restrictions, with ham and cheese mingling with pastrami and potato knishes.
The passionate and experienced chefs at Takieng Thai Cuisine dished up meals in Thailand before heading to the states to plate a menu of authentic Thai cuisine. Greeting taste buds with mild, medium, or hot levels of spiciness, the thai fried rice hosts a party bustling with egg, veggies, and a special-guest protein of your choice ($8.95), who promises to not wear a clown mask this time. Classic noodle dishes such as pad thai ($8.95) or pad see-ew ($8.95) slide down esophageal slaloms, and yum-tow-hu—tofu salad ($6.95)—fills bellies with cilantro-laced sustenance. The cozy, wood-paneled interior is enhanced by Thai artifacts, resulting in a casually intimate atmosphere ideal for deep conversations about filling out W-9 forms.