The authentic Chinese dishes at Szechuan Omei strike a balance between sweet, savory, and spicy flavors, with chef's specialties ranging from mild cantonese chow mein to peking duck complete with oriental crêpes and plum sauce. Asian-inspired artwork and a massive photograph of a mountain landscape emblazon the walls, and an aquarium by the entrance houses a glistening silver fish to greet guests and ask if they are celebrating special occasions this evening.
Seven days a week, Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant helps transport lunch and dinner guests to faraway lands with a smorgasbord of authentic Chinese flavors. Fresh meats and vegetables decorate traditional platters of lo mein noodles, chop suey, and tofu while more than 25 chef's specials feature savory meats drizzled with sauces such as spicy plum. Entrées can also be paired with a selection of international beverages that range from hot ginger jasmine tea to Japanese sake and imported beer.
Specializing in good, simple comfort food, the folks at Jerry Bob's Family Restaurant offer breakfast all day and a host of lunch specials. Customize your omelet with pretty much any combination of meat, veggies, and sides you'd like. Or, go for a "square meal"—a big plate of ham, hash browns, toast, and square eggs. Afternoons, stop in for a chicken salad sandwich or one of Jerry Bob's specials, such as better-than-mom's meatloaf.
Experienced chefs prepare separate Vietnamese, Chinese, and Thai menus, which can be paired with more than 20 thirst-quenching smoothies and bubble teas. A light, crispy pancake enfolds expertly cooked shrimp and leafy vegetables in the Vietnamese crêpe appetizer, which adds a touch of French elegance to meals without serving soup in a beret. Fried shrimp pâté on sticks of sugar cane imparts a flavorful fiesta, combining satisfying crunchiness with sweet-tooth mollification. Curries, clay pots, and noodle soups dominate the Thai dinner menu, which features beef fondue, a hot pot of thinly sliced beef luxuriating in a vinegar sauce with noodles or steamed rice. Six bubble teas and more than 20 smoothies stand ready to battle tongue-ravaging heat from eating Chinese kung pao shrimp ($8.99) or from failing the final exam at fire-eating school.
Bistro 44 anchors its dinner menu with stomach-delighting salads, sandwiches, and meaty entrees that earned the establishment Tucson Lifestyle Magazine's Silver Award for Best Bistro in 2011. Hearty greens freshen the evening dining scene, including an Asian-inspired ahi tuna salad that pairs seared rare fish with greens, carrots, wontons, and sesame-ginger dressing ($16.99). A clutch of three fish tacos clutches avocado, salsa fresca, sautéed onions, and cabbage in a tortilla with cilantro-lime sauce. Diners can opt for the pork tenderloin with fingerling potatoes ($16.50) or fortify the body for a grueling Die Hard marathon with the pepper-bacon-wrapped filet, an 8-ounce slab of certified Angus beef paired with cabernet-veal glace and garlic au gratin potatoes ($26.99). A robust kids' menu enumerates entree combinations for petite tastes, such as grilled chicken with mashed potatoes and a drink ($4.95).
The menu at Chopstix Asian Diner amalgamates the flavors of Japan, China, Thailand, Indonesia, and beyond to create a unique selection of Pan-Asian cuisine. Chicken satays slathered in peanut sauce share menu space with Korean-style barbecue short ribs and pad thai with pan-fried shrimp. Mongolian-style stir-fry blends red and green onions with spicy house sauce and a choice of meat. Vegetarian choices include spicy eggplant stir-fried in a garlic sauce or the chop suey vegetable delight with napa cabbage, snow peas, corn, broccoli, and bamboo shoots.