When he immigrated to America, Jesse Berenji took a job in the kitchen at a family member's Mexican restaurant. By keeping a close eye on all aspects of the business, he was soon able to pioneer his own Mexican place—El Patron Restaurant & Cantina. The cooks here fry hand-breaded boneless-chicken breast drizzled with cilantro sauce, for example, and prepare El Patron fajitas—chicken and beef with sautéed veggies on a heated platter, served with homemade tortillas for creating edible Venn diagrams. The menu even touches on American classics such as burgers and chicken tenders.
Sports Fanz Bar & Grill amps up the game-day experience with a spread of finger-friendly favorites, including quarter-pound hot dogs and nacho platters loaded with ground beef and jalapeños. Rather than deal with such tailgating hassles as cooking on clunky grills and avoiding panhandling mascots, you can gather amongst friends at Sports Fanz to watch big games throughout the week and a buffet of football every weekend. You can also stop in for special events during the week, including karaoke on Tuesday, live music on Wednesday, and Ladies' Night on Thursday.
Red Poppy Coffee Co. brews up ambrosial coffee potions and feeds starving minds with selections from its lunch menu. While silently studying ancient Latin gossip mags, café-goers can sip a rich white-chocolate Lyrical latte ($3.09+) or gourmet coffee ($1.48+), or select a favorite leafwater from a variety of 40 tempting teas.
Open an Asian-American dialogue with the guidance of a wide-ranging menu and the goodwill of taste-bud ambassadors. Start off with an order of spicy thai dynamite shrimp served over Asian slaw (regular $5.49, large $8.99), then dive into the Eastern seas of flavor with seared ahi tuna steak, encrusted in sesame and served over a bed of sautéed spinach ($14.99). Soak veggie-loving fangs in the red thai curry with tasty garden bits such as broccoli and red bell peppers in a spicy coconut sauce, and add a potent protein punch up with tofu, beef, shrimp, or chicken ($7.39–$9.39). A gluten-free menu is available, along with decadent sweet offerings such as Mama's dessert roll, a cheesecake and pastry hybrid tooting a horn of raspberry sauce ($3.99). Customers can opt for dine-in, carryout, or delivery ($5 charge), ensuring grabbing a bite is more convenient than grabbing a potbelly pig doused in maple syrup.
Milano Trattoria’s new location ensconces diners in a cozy atmosphere redolent of Old World virtues and simple, well-made recipes. Sautéed mushrooms cap toasted bread and feta cheese with their buttery flavor in the bruschetta con funghi, the natural flavors of which are accented by sprinkled parsley shaped into an interrobang. The cannelloni’s hand-rolled pasta embraces ricotta-imbued ground beef, and the simmering marinara sauce of the eggplant parmigiana inundates the baked layers of vegetables and cheese in a rich tomato sauce. Sweet-sensing taste buds tingle for the Nutella-stuffed crepe, a favorite of the owner’s family and a role model for staid, syrup-topped pancakes everywhere.