Set within a warm, romantic atmosphere that melds modern accouterments with ancient mystique, Thai Basil regales foreign fare finders with a menu of Asian fusion cuisine. Commence exotic eating excursions with a cream-cheese-stuffed crab cheese wonton ($4.95) or lemongrass mussels ($7.95), or dive into a squall of stir-fried shrimp swimming in a spicy sea of tamarind sauce ($11.50 at dinner). The red-curry chicken slathered in peanut sauce ($9.95 at dinner) tantalizes taste buds, and the stir-fried dynamite noodles delight pasta-prone diners and consternates cartoon coyotes with an explosive sauce, diffused with chicken, beef, or tofu ($8.95, $9.95 for shrimp). Veggie-philes can sink their herbivorous teeth into the thai eggplant ($8.50) as they partake in a sudsy potable from the full bar.
The potation crafters at Beans & Brews Coffee House whip up hot and cold beverages from perk-proffering coffee beans, relaxing tea leaves, and sweet decaf alternatives. Hot coffee drinks, such as the cappuccino ($3.60 for 12 oz.) or eye-opener brew ($2.80 for 12 oz.) gently jolt the brain awake with mountain-roasted goodness, and the dulcet notes of iced chai ($4.10 for 16 oz.) and B&B frappes ($4.05 for 16 oz.) cool off summer-scorched palates with their sweet, icy taste. Roasters get the most out of each coffee bean with Beans & Brews’ trademark high-altitude roasting, which imparts each batch of grounds with a smooth flavor that, like an angst-riddled teddy bear, maintains a high level of complexity.
Rock Creek Pizza Co. serves up a menu of belly-filling specialty pies, salads, and sides. With sauces and hand-tossed crust made daily from scratch, the eatery's dough-slingers carefully craft pizzas to suit taste buds of all types. After a trip to the salad bar ($2.59 with a meal, $4.49 for all you can eat), diners can choose from various disk sizes and toppings to customize a pizza or sink canines into one of the many specialty pizzas ($6.15–$18.15). The six-meat special primes its bready floor with red sauce before laying down tiles of cheese, pepperoni, salami, ham, beef, sausage, and chorizo, and the barbecue chicken pizza joins mozzarella, feta, roasted chicken, pineapple, and red onions with Rock Creek’s honey barbecue sauce. Veggie vixens can wrap their laughing gear around the california garlic vegetarian, a white saucer overflowing with three cheeses, an array of garden-grown goodies, and a proven ability to ward off creatures of the night.
Stefano’s Gelato is a frozen fantasy world of handcrafted gelato and sorbetto, whose milky frigidity boasts intense flavors free of hydrogenation. Sample gelato editions such as pistachio hazelnut, banana orange cream, and Butterfinger. Sorbettos (close relatives of gelato that are crafted with fruit and purified water) delight the mouth with wild berry, mango, passion fruit, and other zesty essences. Prices depend on how you want to eat your treat—grab a 3-ounce small glob of gelato for $3, a medium 4-ounce serving for $4, or a pint for $8. Cones are also available ($1 for kids’ cone, $2 for value cone), and carbonated throat-cleansers await your esophagus in the form of 16- or 20-ounce Italian sodas ($3.50/$4.50), retro sodas ($0.50), and Mexican coke ($1.50).
La Fountain Mexican Restaurant caters to cravings with a packed menu of Mexican favorites. From quesadillas to chile relleno platters, the cooks whip up authentic dishes that can be paired with rice and beans to create stick-to-your-ribs feasts. Homemade flour tortillas transform the typical burrito or taco into something special, and breakfast is available at any time of day.
Each day, Café Bella Rue’s Italian chef crafts 34 types of gelato and sorbetto that span the flavor gamut, blending everything from traditional panna cotta and pistachio to milk chocolate with whiskey. The kitchen staffers extend this playful mix of tradition and ingenuity to the rest of the menu, handcrafting a lineup of distinctive sandwiches, pizzas, calzones, and salads, all composed of fresh, surprising ingredients, such as pears, capers, and hunks of buffalo mozzarella. They aren’t afraid to stray from the written ingredients to accommodate customers, either, swapping out focaccia for gluten-free bread upon request and enhancing already stellar panini with jalapeño jelly, chipotle sauce, or cleverly hidden stacks of $100 bills.
In addition, baristas brew up a slew of beverages, including hot chocolate and affogatos. Guests can sip these expertly prepared concoctions on leather sofas encircling a 20-foot fireplace, or can retreat to the outdoor patio to soak up the sounds of live music drifting over from Oquirrh Lake.