Sleek light fixtures dangle from Kohana Japanese Restaurant's ceiling and subtly illuminate a tidily minimal fleet of indigo and white chairs, booths abutting wavy-lined wall paneling, and plates featuring eats carefully crafted and presented by the chefs. Sharply dressed in the only two colors that can be worn together, black and white, servers march out with precisely sliced sections of signature dishes such as the Phoenix specialty roll, which combines spicy tuna, snow crab, and avocado with a multifaceted dressing. Non-sushi selections, such as crunchy shrimp tempura and baked salmon with eel sauce, also pair well with Kohana's selection of wine, beer, and sake.
Big HD screens, a menu of savory pub fare, and hospitable, scantily kilted servers, whom the restaurant calls cast members, populate the Tilted Kilt’s lively, Celtic-inspired consumption quarters. Congenial nights kick off with a mouthwatering appetizer, such as the Tilted Kilt irish nachos, whose freshly cooked potato chips arrive sporting a delectable cheese sauce, seasoned ground beef, and tomatoes, or the roasted garlic fries tossed in garlic butter and parmesan cheese. Dining duos return from rousing billiards games to celebrate sunken 8 balls or puzzle over levitating cue balls with creatively topped flatbread pizzas, or the classic Big Arse hamburger, a 10-ounce patty of choice ground chuck delivered by mini-kilt-clad waitresses. Amid a sea of sports-tuned HDTVs, soda and coffee hydrate throats parched from shouting answers during Wednesday trivia or from shouting improvised choruses at live-music performers on most Fridays.
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).
Back Yard Burgers serves up North American Black Angus burgers hash-marked to order on genuine flame-licked grills. Third-pound patties dress for dinner with lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, dill pickles, and a condimental trio of ketchup, mustard, and mayo ($3.59). Or gussy up for patty prom with premium add-ons such as coleslaw, chili, sautéed mushrooms, bacon, and more ($0.35–$0.60 per topping). The grill masters also flip the first white meat, prepping Hawaiian chicken sandwiches with grilled pineapple, mustard, mayo, and lettuce ($4.09). Away from the flames, feel free to enjoy a loaded baked potato ($2.79) and a wide range of pairable plates such as chili cheese fries ($2.59 for regular size), garden salads ($2.19), and sweetly baked fruit cobblers ($1.99).
The carpenters of circular sustenance at Jolly Ollie's Pizza and Pub furnish guests with a varied menu of cheeseworks and more. Feel free to fill abdominal aquariums with the fish and chips appetizer, a platter of three lightly breaded cod filets flanked by steak fries ($5.99). Or commemorate cartoon ocular conditions with the Popeye pizza, which sails spinach leaves through rivulets of olive oil anchored by feta and mozzarella. Meanwhile, the Maui WoWee pizza boasts a doughy archipelago of pineapple, mushroom, and canadian bacon swathed in the warm embrace of melted cheese ($9–$17). Diners looking to bookend their ingredients instead can nosh grinders such as the tangy barbecue chicken ($6.95) and the veggie supreme, which comes drizzled in italian dressing ($6.95). Like Little League games or small-claims court hearings, guests' activities are best supplemented by a goblet of domestic beer ($2.25) or premium suds such as Fat Tire, Sam Adam, and Yuengling ($3; alcohol must be paired with a food item).