Though it’s far from the border, Nuevo Mexico Restaurante serves up dishes of traditional Mexican cuisine. The staff rolls seasoned pork or chicken burritos, stuffs taquitos with beef, or grills spinach and tucks it into quesadillas. One of the benefits of their location on the East Coast is the ability to ship in real blue crab from Maryland, granting chefs fresh ingredients for crab salads and enchiladas. One location’s decor unites rich wood accents with exposed red brick, a mural of a matador dodging a bull, and a bar that has three sides, like any argument between a husband and his wife with a crime-fighting alter-ego.
Kebab & Biryani's menu draws dishes from all over India, from the foothills of the Himalayas in the north to the coastal provinces of Andhra and Chettinadu in the south. Fresh cilantro, fried onions, and yogurt marinades accent lamb, vegetable, or chicken biryanis from Hyderabad. Other south Indian specialties include dosa, or thin rice crepes, topped with paneer cheese, spiced potato, and chilies. For a fusion touch, chefs also populate plates with Indo-Chinese entrees such as sautéed chili fish or Hakka-style noodles.
Catering by Jill, a full-service catering company, supplies dishes for events ranging from picnics to elegant black tie affairs. In addition to planning events, consulting for bridal menus, or answering questions about the biggest sandwich ever made, the caterers design menus tailored to specific requests. Hot lunch menus feed hardworking film crews, and picnic menus serve up traditional hamburgers, slaws, and potato salads. Catering by Jill also equips events with items such as glass plates, flatware, linen napkins, or inflatable gravy rafts at no additional charge.
Roma Ristorante Italiano has been owned and operated by the Giambanco family since 1976. After crossing turbulent seas of marinara during their voyage from Palermo to Brooklyn, the Giambancos' culinary prowess and authentic Italian recipes finally landed on American soil in 1968. Chefs continue to cook the family’s homemade Southern Italian cuisine, which includes pastas, hand-tossed gourmet pizzas, and seafood. Their extensive dessert menu tempts sweet teeth with delicate profiteroles and sheep's milk ricotta cannoli. The dining room oozes comfort and charm with striped banquettes, a colorful mural of the Colosseum, miniature street lamps, and potted plants strung with white lights. Roma Ristorante Italiano's recently remodeled lounge, full bar, onsite banquet hall, and catering services ensure that parties can break bread and celebrate Italian culture without applying for a gondolier’s license.
In 1991, tired of sating their late night delivery cravings with pizza, University of Florida pals Matt Friedman and Adam Scott concocted an alternative snack in their frat house's kitchen. Many hours and tweaked sauce recipes later, the duo dispensed their brand of buffalo wings to the university’s students, selling out their stock in the first two nights. Since relocating from the frat house to its two original Gainesville storefronts, Wing Zone has opened nearly 100 locations nationwide, supplying wing lovers with boneless bites slathered in more than a dozen award-winning flavors, including nuclear habanero, garlic parm, and blue buffalo. Three of the pair’s sauces have garnered awards at the National Buffalo Wing Festival, which recently inducted Adam and Scott into the Buffalo Wing “Hall of Flame,” where they share reigniting duty every time a strong breeze extinguishes its symbolic eternal flame.
The scents of smoked barbecue, fried chicken, homemade mashed potatoes, and sizzling fish that emanate from the kitchens at Aunt Sarah’s Restaurant, now under new management, challenge its diners not to recall childhood days spent sampling their grandparents’ special recipes. The homestyle eats are available both à la carte and at private events held in the banquet rooms, where guests gather for breakfast, lunch, and dinner parties. Before departing, visitors stop by the onsite gift shop to pick up antiques, handmade floral arrangements, and jewelry.
When swirls of steam waft from bowls at Pho-City Noodles & Grill, they frequently carry aromatic hints of beef, jalapeño peppers, and lime. The casual Vietnamese eatery specializes in soups, from portions of the abovementioned beef pho to meals revolving around lighter, seafood-laden clear broths. For less spillable cuisine, patrons can opt for buns stuffed with meat such as grilled pork or shrimp or plates of broken rice: rice served in a bowl that patrons are required to smash when they’re done. Beer and wine flows from a full bar flanked by TVs.