Knives swish through the air behind the sushi bar at Ajisai Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi, slicing red snapper, yellowtail tuna, and other fresh seafood for sashimi platters and elaborate rolls such as the Tuna Dynasty, which combines crisp cucumber with crab tempura, black-pepper tuna, eel, cream cheese, and avocado. Hibachi chefs sear filet mignon, lobster tails, and other proteins on tableside grills, pairing them with sizzling rice and other sides. Natural-wood accents and a hanging chandelier lend the eatery a subdued yet sophisticated ambiance.
The pit master at World Bar-B-Que works hard slow-cooking Carolina-style pulled pork, Texas brisket, and St. Louis–style pork ribs, imbuing each meat with distinctive barbecue bark and deep, smoky flavors. After the cuts have smoked for 6–15 hours, diners take over with finishing touches, adorning their choice of meats with sauces such as sweet-and-spicy blackberry habanero and classic sides such as potato salad and baked beans. They can also forge everything from smoked and beer-soaked burgers to authentic Cuban sandwiches.
On certain nights, patrons can finish off meaty cuts and showcase their singing chops with open-mic and karaoke sessions. The generous eatery also sets aside one day a week for a "World Invasion"—a chance for local groups, charitable organizations, or extraterrestrial barbecue-reconnaissance parties to take over the restaurant and receive a portion of the evening's sales.
The Patriot Steakhouse & Tavern delights palates with its classic American fare known for its big portions and unpretentious deliciousness. Diners devour choice cuts named after ex-presidents, tasty seafood, chicken, and pork, and hearty burgers and sandwiches paired with locally brewed beers. Live music fills the American-flag-bedecked interior regularly, with the rhythm of a four-piece jazz band or a pianist replacing the mandatory silence of family dinners.
Plates of food travel beneath the ironwork of original bank-teller windows and around an authentic bank vault at Teller's of Hyde Park, located inside the historic Hyde Park Savings and Loan building. Bright skylights give the spacious interior a contemporary feel. Diners can enjoy a seasonal menu of modern American cuisine, including dishes such as creole chicken or filet mignon with bordelaise sauce. Chefs also try their hands at regionally and internationally inspired dishes such as Cajun pasta and seared ahi tuna doused in dynamite sauce, which confused bank robbers often use in attempts to rob the restaurant's vault.
Teller's keeps more than 30 beers on tap and more than 120 bottles of wine ready to uncork at a moment's notice. Along with the dining room and vault, Teller’s of Hyde Park seats guests on an upper-level mezzanine and, weather permitting, a second-story patio.
Surfboards hang from the ceiling and posters of parrots overlook the blue- and beige-walled restaurant as guests chow down on tacos and burgers. If those surfboards were to descend from their perch and float on a liquid in the restaurant, that liquid would be the one for which the restaurant is named. The menu draws from Californian cuisine, fusing Mexican and American flavors, but it also unites tiny tequila bottles with tiny tacos—a literal microcosm of the restaurant's essence. The menu also presents dishes such as Loco wings with a salsa verde sauce or lobster tacos. Specialty burgers, alternately, boast inventive toppings such as strawberry jelly and peanut butter and grilled pineapple, and various forms of bacon pork belly find themselves in an assortment of dishes, including burgers, tacos, and bacon brownies. Live music, DJs, and a fire pit join tequila in imbuing the restaurant with a fun vibe, like the vibe of a college where you could surf from class to class.
At Luanda Mexican Grill & Cantina, guests sip margaritas, homemade sangria, and Mexican draft beers as they dine on sizzling beef fajitas, crispy taco salads, and hearty chimichangas. Surrounded by copper-colored walls and homey, dark varnished wood furnishings, guests chat with friends as they enjoy lunches of grilled chicken and squash pollo yucatan, or dinners of pepper-topped jalisco steak.