At Cafe Mediterranean, chefs strew tender chunks of lamb and beef with ribbons of virgin olive oil and fragrant spices. The menu spotlights seasonal fruits and veggies, saving them from dull fates as still-life models. Though recipes hail from Egypt, Morocco, and Lebanon, Turkish cuisine proves the chief focus: Turkish spices grace the shish and doner kebabs, and specialty Turkish beverages such as ayran cleanse palates and grant a break from arduous chewing.
The inside of Three Meat Burger, formerly known as Sonny's Three Meat Burger, is standard enough, with ample seating, knickknack-lined walls, and free WiFi waves dancing through the atmosphere. But inside the actual burger—the one the restaurant claims is "like no other"—business is not as usual. That's because owners and burger masterminds Safet and Dee Sabanagic handcraft their patties from three different meats—beef, lamb, and chicken—and a secret blend of spices that helps boost flavors to another level. The burgers are manifested in the form of sliders, bacon burgers, and a make-your-own option that lets diners decorate their creations with 18 different toppings. Hand-cut fries act as the perfect accomplice to each patty, dipping in housemade sauces and taking the fall when plans to steal a molar's gold crown go awry.
The menu at Kar-ma Asian Bistro boasts a bounty of fresh fare infused primarily with the tastes of Thailand. Start with an order of crisp chicken lettuce wraps ($8) or two classic summer rolls ($5), or show your dinner mates you care by slipping handmade bracelets into the tasty treats atop the friendship platter (two spring rolls, two egg rolls, crispy noodles, and crab Rangoon, $10). The bistro's creative as well as classic varieties of fried rice ($6–$11), curries ($7–$11), and noodle dishes serve up flavor combinations to please even the pickiest palates. Kar-ma specialties such as the seafood basil (seafood stir-fried with garlic, jalapeños, mushrooms, onion, cilantro, and bell peppers and tossed in a Thai-basil sauce, $8–$13) and the yum neua nahm tok (sliced-beef-steak salad with lemongrass, onion, Thai chili, cilantro, and spices, $9–$14) will excite adventurous surfers and turfers.
Red Chopsticks Bistro infuses the culinary traditions and complementary flavors of Japan and China into one border-eschewing menu. Taste buds take off on their own trans-oceanic trek by sampling palate-popping appetizers such as egg rolls ($1.50 each), pot stickers ($5.75 for six), or shrimp toast ($5.25 for four). Warmed mouth caves can then be set ablaze with a fiery forkful of spicy plate options, including shredded pork in garlic sauce ($9.95), spicy sizzling beef ($13.95), or the kid-friendly pu pu platter ($5.25). Those with sweeter tastes or angrier pet bears will rejoice in the saccharine-topped honey chicken ($10.95) or honey shrimp ($12.95).
Each succulent flavor of Carmine's Italian Ice emerges from small batches of fresh ingredients, real fruit, and imported fruit purees, which are melded with care into a velvety, authentic Italian delicacy. Upon your arrival to Carmine's stationary ice emporium, a chilled, colorful ensemble of 40 different flavors rise to greet you like a mouth-watering tribe of ambulatory Easter eggs. Bathe tongue buds in the exotic taste of frozen piña colada, silence digestive chocolate cravings with the mocha-fudge swirl, or sate reluctant sweet teeth with sugar-free lemon and chocolate ice (all flavors $1.40–$3.75, depending on size). Carmine's serves all of its savories in practical paper squeeze cups, though spoons are available for those suffering from utensil separation anxiety.