Like two restaurants in one, NAMI Japanese Steakhouse affords guests the choice of dining traditionally or teppan-style. Those who choose the former settle into one of the eatery?s dining-room tables and enjoy sushi and any number of Thai or Japanese dishes, including traditional spicy and mild curries?enhanced by shrimp, tofu, or crisp duck?and flavorful staples, such as tempura, teriyaki, and katsu. Across the room, chefs break free from the kitchen to engage customers seated around a flattop grill in teppan-style eating. They prepare anything from the hibachi menu: filet mignon, lobster, and scallops. As they grill each item in a lively, public display, diners enjoy shrimp appetizers, stir-fried vegetables, and white or fried rice. NAMI shares owners with Origami, which serves a menu of Japanese and Korean cuisine.
Burger 21's story is best described with a focus on the "B-isms." These range from "B-saucy" to "B-different," but only one is truly necessary for your visit: B-hungry. Select from a menu of 21 different hand-crafted burgers, built from scratch with certified ground beef, chicken, turkey, and even sushi-grade ahi tuna.
The Tex-Mex haystack is a particularly impressive creation, with a pile of onion strings and applewood-smoked bacon effectively burying the burger on a toasted brioche bun. There's also the chicken marsala burger, flavored with marsala wine sauce, and the spicy thai shrimp burger, which gets its kick from sriracha aioli and optional flame decals on the sides. Fries and hand-spun shakes round out these feasts, though burgers aren't the only entree available?the restaurant also serves hot dogs, chicken tenders, and salads.
The confectionists at Oly's Ice Cream and Coffee scoop chilly servings of more than 30 flavors of Ice Cream Club treats and a host of Stefano's Gelato creations. Hot coffee and cappuccinos brewed with Kaña Cuban Coffee beans play the role of the delicious sidekick to the eatery's frozen fare, creating the best mixture of hot and cold since Mount Vesuvius spewed hot lava onto bobsledding courses during the last ice age. Ice-cream flavors such as birthday cake, chocolate peanut butter, and cookie dough quell cravings for saccharine goodness, whereas creamy banana-caramel-praline gelato can satisfy sugary hankerings in a low-fat form.
Though thousands of miles apart, the Mediterranean Sea and the sun-soaked coast of Florida share more than a few things in common. Thanks to Pita Palace, one of those things is a place where one can find deliciously seasoned, thinly sliced gyro and shawarma meat. Beneath colorful photographs of the Mediterranean landscape, guests feast on char-grilled and seasoned lamb wrapped in warm pitas and thin slices of beef piled atop creamy hummus. The chefs leave some space on their menu for classic American dishes such as a hot reuben sandwich on rye bread. The BLT wrap marries American and Mediterranean flavors by wrapping bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce in a red, white, and blue flag.
North Indian culinary traditions add intriguing accents to the traditional caf? fare at Happiness Healthy Cafe. Cooks craft sandwiches, using naan instead of bread, mint chutney in place of mayonnaise, and tandoori chicken rather than the Earl of Sandwich?s glossy headshots. In addition to more conventional paninis and wraps, the kitchen turns out curries, including vegetarian varieties. Simmering pots pour forth steam, giving away the golden lentils, spinach, and coconut cream within, and blenders thrum, laden with mango lassis and smoothies. The drinks combine pineapple juice, strawberries, bananas, and a colorful spread of other fruits.
Landry's, Inc. operates more than 40 restaurant brands with only two main goals: good food and good memories. Thankfully, each of their venues has a signature element that's hard to forget, whether the Oceanaire's fresh seafood?flown in daily?or Rainforest Cafe's animatronic wildlife that's almost as realistic as the Amazon's wind-up monkeys. Steak and seafood spots feature prominently on the list of Landry's locations, including Morton's The Steakhouse, Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse, and McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks. But there are standouts in other genres, too, such as the Italian trattoria known as Grotto.