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.
Every other month, the Prime Time Players present an original dinner-theater production. Incorporating their audiences?and bringing an extremely powerful stage-makeup game?the actors sing and dance their way through a seasonally appropriate musical comedy. But even if spectators know the name of the show, it can be almost impossible to guess what they'll see: comically tall leprechauns, Halloween witches, and a certain Christmas-hating green fuzzball have all shown up in the past.
For more than 30 years, Quiznos has toasted its submarine sandwiches to bring out the hidden flavors found in butcher-quality meats, cheese, and artisanal breads. Its classic and signature subs take on a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles, ranging from the prime-rib mushroom and swiss to the classic italian, which dons black olives, mozzarella, red-wine vinaigrette, and plentiful sliced meats. Those closely monitoring their waistline can take unabashed bites of sandwiches that have fewer than 500 calories, such as the baja chicken and the veggie guacamole sandwich. Soup and a salad line rounds out Quiznos' varied menu.
Culinary techniques from northern Thailand shepherd the chefs at Chiang Mai Thai Cuisine as they infuse fish, chicken, and beef with the authentic flavors of creamy curries, fresh ginger, and oyster sauce. They also weave soft glass noodles around pieces of shrimp and nestle tender morsels of pork within mounds of fried rice. Beneath decorative wooden latticework adorned with hanging foliage, they assemble a daily lunch buffet, where hot chafing dishes overflow with everything from spring rolls to curried veggies.
The owners' menu of traditional Polynesian dishes hearkens back to their upbringing on Hawaii. Within an open-air kitchen, the staff grills and fries fresh ingredients and assemble them into lunch plates inspired by Hawaii's diverse immigrant population. Techniques and flavors borrowed from Japanese, Korean, and Indian cuisines are woven into Polynesian favorites, such as frybread, barbecue pork, and chicken-curry rice bowls. Through the tall windows of the exhibition storefront, sunshine spills in to bathe the eatery's goldenrod walls in natural light and allow diners to wear their mining helmets solely as fashion statements.
Executive chef Ken Rose?the flavor architect behind Tiburon Fine Dining?tantalizes gourmands with his variation on popular American dishes. Each dish bursts with high-quality ingredients, ranging from artisanal cheeses to wild-caught seafood that includes salmon and Pacific white shrimp. Servers coax out flavor notes with the help of a staggering wine list that catalogs varietals hailing from California, Australia, and Italy. Located in The District, The Wild Rose lies within walking or hopscotching distance of shopping and theaters.