This locally owned, Hollywood-themed eatery boasts an all-star cast of belly fillers named after classic films such as The Godfather, Rocky, and Steven Spielberg's early all-kitten rendition of Un Chien Andalou. Star City is known for its steamed hoagies, ranging from the Little Miss Sunshine's heartwarming pairing of ham and swiss ($5.50 for a whole) to the deluxe Top Gun's action-packed layers of ham, turkey, bacon, provolone, and power balladry ($6.50 for a whole). If your stomach grumbles with Fellini-esque machismo, play the director and hand-pick the bread, meat, cheese, and veggie players in your epicurean ensemble ($5.50–$6.50 for a whole customized hoagie). Round out your repast by adding a homemade side of potato salad, coleslaw, or soup ($1.95 each) to your personal craft-services platter.
Sizzling fajitas, gooey quesadillas, packed burritos, and more populate the menu at Plaza Bar and Grill. Set jowls flapping with an order of chicken wings ($7.99 for 10) before tackling the enchiladas suizas, a trio of chicken enchiladas blanketed with tomatillo sauce and shredded cheese ($8.90). Specialty dishes include the salmon al chipotle, in which salmon soaks in a smoky-chipotle-sauce pool under the watchful eyes of rice, vegetables, mixed salad, and tortillas ($12.99). Escape cafeteria food fights for a more regal lunchtime rendezvous with a pair of grilled tilapia tacos covered in mango sauce ($6.99) or a vegetarian quesadilla stuffed with cheese, mushrooms, broccoli, and fresh spinach ($8.30). Cool off with a margarita ($5/regular) or a glass of wine ($4.75), or order a pitcher of beer ($10.50) to share with an accountant during an audit.
The tableside grill sizzles, searing flavorful slices of steak and moist squares of salmon. A chef keeps careful watch on his proteins, summoning pillars of flame to add extra heat, dicing meat with lightning dexterity, and corralling jumbo shrimp with a bullwhip to complete the culinary show. This is the scene at Kabuto Japanese Steak Seafood & Sushi, where food is as much spectacle as it is art.
Besides cooked-to-order hibachi specialties, the restaurant keeps a sushi bar stocked with fresh seafood. Here, experts hand-roll favorite maki, such as spicy tuna or california rolls, or draw on more inventive ingredients—wine sauce, mango, strawberry—for their house specialty rolls. But whether guests seek food that is flame-kissed or flame-free, each dish stands out against the decor's elegantly understated tableau.
Sunshine streams though skylights and tall windows to brighten up Brewster's Bar & Grille's wood, stone, and brick interior, where cooks grill hamburgers and prep pub fare. Plush black booths encircle tables topped with menu items such as corn-dog nuggets, rib-eye steak, and Alaskan salmon. Barkeeps fill glasses with 14 ontap brews and flat-screen TVs glow with sports games or latent poltergeists. During warmer months, the staff opens the patio, where diners can toss bags and horseshoes.
At CiCi’s Pizza, feasters can sample hearty slices of pizza and a wide selection of buffet fare (typically $4.99 per person), filling bellies like a pouch-stuffing kangaroo preparing to weather the harsh Australian winter. Offering endless helpings of fresh salads, tantalizing pastas, tasty desserts, and oven-fresh pizzas, CiCi’s tames the most voracious hunger attacks via all-you-can-eat tactics. Pizza dough is made fresh daily and doused in a savory sauce crafted from vine-ripened tomatoes and prescience-instilling spices, while salads are hand-tossed with the freshest ingredients delivered hourly via teleportation.
At Woody’s Steak House, chefs roast prime rib for four hours, carve the succulent cuts to order, and ladle them with house au jus. The sumptuous entree is one of the reasons Woody’s Steak House has remained a neighborhood bastion for more than 70 years. Other entrees reflect a similar attention to detail, from the aged-in-house filet mignon to the pecan-smoked ribs. Meaty morsels pair with an ample wine list and, on Wednesdays, the soft melodies of piano music and murmured reminders to chew 27 times before swallowing.
The menu at Richie's boasts a conglomeration of southern delicacies sprinkled with Cajun inspirations. With each order made fresh from the open-window kitchen, poultry-prone patrons can dig into an array of bird-friendly entrees, such as Ritchie's marinated-chicken sandwich ($6.49), or choose to slather palates with a slew of hot wings, which test taste buds' endurance for spice and tongues' aptitude for building tiny huts out of celery sticks and blue-cheese dressing ($7.89/10). Additional carnivorous candies include corn dogs ($1.49), Cajun catfish sandwiches ($6.79), and Ritchie's jumbo burger, a hand-pounded hamburger disc that can be rationed out to feed an entire den of rogue highwaymen ($4.99).