Koala Moa is a family-run business that has been dizzying birds with rotisserie-style rotations since 1989. Chicken dinners come hot off the spit prepared with a recipe developed over years of practice and countless tithes to Viking poultry gods. The menu caters to stomach pits of all depths with four different plate choices. Whole ($9) and half chickens ($5) are available on their own, and the whole-chicken plate ($12), large plate ($7), and mini plate ($5) serve the bird alongside scoops of sautéed corn and rice. Additionally, Koala Moa serves its sides on the side, giving sidelong glances to patrons who can’t get enough rice ($1) or corn ($1). Adding a tasty spin not born on the rotisserie grill, the restaurant also whips up house kimchi and takuan.
Created by local indie rocker Josh86 and his business partner, Serena Hashimoto, as a comfy, stylish diner to lounge about, the Downbeat Diner & Lounge attracts famished lunch munchers and night owls with a vegan-friendly menu of American classics. Patrons can sprawl out in the funky-patterned booths before downing the American burger, which is topped with cheddar and doused in house sauce ($7.50). Those who wake up late can still snack on the breakfast menu all day, filling bellies with the Loco Moco, a gravy- and egg-slathered burger or veggie patty ($7). Like the vegetarian superheroes of the 1930s, every menu item has its vegan foil—even dairified desserts such as the milkshake ($5) and meaty meals such as the bacon, lettuce, avocado, and tomato sandwich ($7.50).
Rock Island Cafe entertains appetites and eyeballs with vintage midcentury memorabilia and a menu of gourmet pizzas, tasty sandwiches, and old-fashioned malts. Gourmet personal pizzas cater trips through time and sessions of afternoon espionage with bites from the 007 seven-item, 9-inch discus decked out with pepperoni, mushroom, basil, and a three-cheese blend ($12.95). Sandwiches such as the kalua pulled-pork barbecue Porky Pig ($9.95) snare savory meats between toasted french rolls, and 8-inch hot dogs, such as the Lassie's chili cheese ($7.95) deliver delicious kosher beef in toasted buns. In addition to plates of gourmet sandwiches and pizza, Rock Island Cafe serves up hand-packed, old-fashioned milkshakes ($7.95) from its antique Hamilton mixer, which treats diners to extra malt for an additional $0.50.