Helmed by a L'ecole French Culinaire graduate who previously worked in Japanese restaurants throughout New York City, the culinarieans at Sea Bistro & Sushi Bar have created more than 15 chef's signature sushi rolls and classic Thai and Asian entrees. Comprised of noodles, meats, veggies, and house-made sauces, popular offerings include ichiban, TNT, double spider, pad thai, drunken noodles, Thai basil fried rice, and signature entrees such as miso bronzed Chilean sea bass in Thai green curry sauce, caramelized salmon in a caper sauce, and mango chicken and shrip in spicy tangerine mango sauce. Mounted floral art and decorative plants accent the eatery’s gold walls, cultivating a dining atmosphere that’s more relaxed than Thanksgiving in a sauna.
At City East Bagel and Grille, cooks craft New-York-style bagels from scratch right in the restaurant kitchen. The doughy rings come in 16 flavors, ranging from banana nut to sun-dried tomato, and visitors can choose from eight toppings—including butter, jelly, and four flavored cream cheeses. In the dining room—decorated with black-and-white photos of old Memphis—they can also tuck into hearty breakfast and lunch dishes, from a piping-hot pastrami sandwich to breakfast skillets brimming with eggs, grilled potatoes, and peppers.
Vanelli’s serves up a menu of deli favorites, homemade from old family recipes with fresh sauces and dressings prepared in small batches. Diners can choose from an array of specialty sandwiches such as the Maiale Amore, which layers delicious italian meats, mozzarella, and vegetables with Vanelli's homemade italian mayonnaise (half, $6.99; whole, $9.99), or the Grown-up grilled cheese with asiago, cheddar, and mozzarella ($4.99).
Using traditional family recipes and generations of cooking expertise, the taste technicians at Katie’s Kitchen supply a varied menu of ready-made meals to hungry patrons on the go. Highlighting Cajun, Italian, and Southern dishes, Katie and her team handle all the prep-work, letting customers pop pre-made selections in the oven at their convenience. Culinary warriors can claim the glory from flavorful casseroles such as the artichoke chicken ($8.95–$24.95) or the egg-and-sausage ($5.95–$15.50) during impromptu brunches, or pick up zesty garlic bread to ward off both hunger and uninvited vampires ($2.50).
Back Yard Burgers serves up North American Black Angus burgers hash-marked to order on genuine flame-licked grills. Third-pound patties dress for dinner with lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, dill pickles, and a condimental trio of ketchup, mustard, and mayo ($3.59). Or gussy up for patty prom with premium add-ons such as coleslaw, chili, sautéed mushrooms, bacon, and more ($0.35–$0.60 per topping). The grill masters also flip the first white meat, prepping Hawaiian chicken sandwiches with grilled pineapple, mustard, mayo, and lettuce ($4.09). Away from the flames, feel free to enjoy a loaded baked potato ($2.79) and a wide range of pairable plates such as chili cheese fries ($2.59 for regular size), garden salads ($2.19), and sweetly baked fruit cobblers ($1.99).
Firehouse Subs extinguishes appetites with overstuffed sandwiches of high-quality meats and cheese piled high on toasted rolls. Sink your teeth or someone else's into specialty steamed subs (starting at $5.49), such as the Hook & Ladder, with ham, turkey, and monterey-jack cheese, or the New York Steamer, with melted provolone served over corned beef brisket and pastrami. The tasty Engineer offers a brain-boosting bounty of smoked turkey breast crammed with melted swiss and sautéed mushrooms and served Fully Involved (loaded with mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, and onion, and a dill spear on the side for endless rounds of condiment jousting). Further information and pricing can be viewed here, though prices may vary. Firehouse Subs also supports the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, founded by fireman and focused on education, equipment, and training of emergency-service teams.