Tokyo Grill’s chefs stand over sizzling grills, their furrowed brows illuminated by the dancing flames as they speedily prepare food that blends hibachi flavors with fast and casual dining. With swiftness and precision, they grill fresh vegetables alongside juicy strips of steak, cuts of chicken, and plump jumbo shrimp, then quickly plate the still-steaming meats atop beds of rice speckled with wedges of zucchini, slices of onion, and traces of fairy dust. Elsewhere in the kitchen, sushi chefs are equally hard at work, folding crabmeat and crisp cucumbers into sushi rolls.
The Pizza Joint tantalizes taste buds with a towering throng of bounteously topped pizzas, stacked sandwiches, and hearty strombolis that capture the cuddle-like contentments of comfort food. Set stomachs to non-growling with a singular stromboli, such as the deluxe boli, stuffed with ham, meatball, sausage pepperoni, and a plethora of cheeses ($7.25), or the Philly boli, replete with grilled steak, sauteed onions and peppers, the tears of New York sports fans, and melted mozzarella ($7.25). Feasting may continue with any of their nine eclectic, oven-baked sandwiches, such as the classic ham-and-cheese sandwich ($6.75) and the Big Mike, bedecked with four different meats, melted cheeses, and enough veggies to woo a peckish green giant ($6.50). Slice-savoring guests may opt to sample one of their 10 specialty pizzas, including the ricotta-crowned white pie (14”, $15.95) or the feta- and chicken-kissed Brando’s barbecue pizza (14”, $15.95), or choose to create one of their own from a list of regular and premium toppings. Diversify edible matter-states with sips from one of 24 beers on tap, which include such luminous lip smackers as Blue Moon, Fat Tire, and Highland Gaelic.
Ismael and Silvia Villegas have been snipping off sprigs of cilantro and squeezing limes onto tacos inside Casa Linda Mexican Restaurant's kitchens since 1993. Beneath decorations such as papel picado and piñatas, staples such as chicken in mole sauce and tacos al pastor join specialties such as the Pollo Loco, a chicken breast topped with cream sauce and a medley of squash and other vegetables. The restaurant also shakes and blends specialty cocktails such as açaí cosmos and superfruit margaritas.
Awarded Best New Restaurant of 2010 by Columbia Metropolitan magazine, Rosso Trattoria Italia serves fresh and rustic Italian dishes in an opulent, yet relaxed atmosphere. Rosso's menu features an array of antipasti, pastas, grilled meats, and wood-roasted dishes, all prepared with local and seasonal ingredients. Seat your entourage in dark leather chairs surrounding an elegantly lit table, and begin your chewing spree with antipasti, such as the steamed black mussels ($9). Or share a wood-fired brick-oven salsiccia pizza, topped with spicy sausage, mozzarella, and crushed tomato sauce ($12), in observance of pizza power.
32 Degrees A Yogurt Bar houses a topping bar that brims with more than 50 add-ons, inviting sweet-toothed sculptors to create icy masterpieces with seasonal fruits, nuts, sauces, and candies. Each day, yogurt and sorbet chemists churn out at least 16 tongue-tickling flavors ($0.45/oz.) such as snickerdoodle, white-chocolate mousse, cheesecake, new orleans praline, and polyester ($0.45/oz.). Patrons can opt to coat mouths with specialty yogurts in nonfat, low-fat, gluten-free, and no-sugar-added iterations, as well as specialty Only 8 yogurt. This cheerful sweets shop's clean, modern interior is speckled with bright blue-and-yellow tiles, bringing to mind sunny summer picnics on the surface of a robin's egg.