Formerly known as Mochi Kitchen, Ku's Sushi unites East and West with a bridge of seaweed-wrapped sushi and eclectic Asian dishes, combining the best ingredients from various culinary traditions to create a fusion all its own. Thick cuts of albacore tuna nuzzle into beds of rice on plates of sushi or sashimi, and brave chopsticks duel with the spines of sea urchins before claiming the spoils of victory. Miso lends its salty flavor to succulent fillets of Chilean sea bass and salmon, and staples such as kung pao chicken honor the Asian mainland. Small lamps bathe the dining room's glossy black sushi bar in a scarlet glow as chefs impress diners by making rolls while blindfolded with ribbons of seaweed.
Since 1994, the cooks at Bluebonnet Café have whipped up a menu of homemade comfort food for breakfast and lunch. Diners dig into the hungry man's breakfast, quickly guiding forks through mounds of eggs and a meaty trio of ham, sausage, and bacon served with hash browns or grits ($7.50). Mexican-style options such as eggs ranchero awaken taste buds with spicy salsa, which emits a high-pitched alarm only audible to soft palates ($5). Midday munchers latch onto the half-pound bacon and swiss burger ($6), and fingers turn to utensils to maintain decorum while eating the juicy pot roast ($7) or the fried chicken topped with cream gravy ($7). Meals are served in a comfortable and eclectic environment, with walls boasting nostalgic décor from I Love Lucy, Wizard of Oz, and a yet-to-be-made radio serial about improbable collectibles.
Lone Star Bar-B-Que satisfies barbecue fans' cravings with slow-cooked meats, southern sides, and homestyle desserts served in a casual atmosphere with wood paneling and iconic red-and-white-checkered tablecloths. Pitmasters rub spices into choice cuts of chicken, pork, or beef, which strut their stuff as the stars of plates, the fillings of sandwiches, and the poundage of carryout meals. Groovy tunes from occasional live music acts float through the airwaves as customers sink their teeth into sides such as mac 'n' cheese and fried okra, as well as barbecue as tender as a sonnet about 16-hour marinades.
The team at Cuco's Sandwich Shop harnesses classic Cuban recipes to craft a convoy of authentic pressed sandwiches, which have been featured in the Star-Telegram and on the local restaurant blog Regular Joe's Guide. Among soft pink walls and tiled floors, a family of chefs accessorizes the meaty handhelds with traditional sides, such as plantains and yuca croquettes. Additionally, a smattering of breakfast burritos and sandwiches tackles morning cravings more swiftly than a football team playing pigskin against pigs in a blanket.
The dishes on Añejo's diverse menu are bursting at the seams with traditional home-style Mexican and Texan recipes artfully crafted by chef Fernando Martinez. Fire up feasting with an order of freshly made guacamole ($6.95 for medium size, $9.95 for large size) or freshly marinated ceviche imperial, netting together fish, scallops, shrimp, avocado, cilantro, spices, and citrus ($8.95). Competitive-with-themselves eaters can work toward weekly quotas with the chicken enchiladas ($9.95 for two), tender pork tacos ($10.95 for three), and steak fajitas ($13.95), and lovers of all things oxymoronic can nosh on the camarones rellenos, featuring bacon-wrapped jumbo shrimp stuffed with cheese ($15.95). For patrons in search of abundant euphoria mixed with a hint of cumin, Añejo serves up the house- specialty El Añejo Platter, a ziggurat of beef and chicken fajitas, a half-rack of slow-cooked ribs, and three stuffed shrimp served with guacamole, pico de gallo, and rice and beans ($32.95). The El Añejo Platter, like tandem bicycles and marriages, is meant for two people.
Roots Coffeehouse serves up coffee, teas, and a broad array of espresso-based drinks and complements its potable pleasures with friendly service and a variety of edible options. The shop's menu draws upon three different types of espresso—a single-origin, a blended, and a decaf—to provide savvy sippers with an extra degree of customization to their order. Organic and fair-trade coffee and teas are also available to help keep consciences light and fluffy. Order up a honey vanilla latte ($3.85 for a medium) for a sweet kiss of bee syrup without the danger and mess of personally milking the bees, then pair your vanilla-fueled brainpower with Roots' free WiFi. Frozen drinks such as raspberry mocha or vanilla bean frappes ($4 for a medium) help the overheated mock the impotent sun. A food menu featuring fresh-baked pastries and muffins, as well as a quartet of sandwiches ($7.00), is also available to help customers practice one-handed hunger-avoidance maneuvers.