Fiesta Wok chef and owner Luis Flores began his culinary career in his native Mexico, where he cooked alongside his grandmother at a small taqueria. There, he mastered the combination of flavorful sauces, fresh vegetables, and tender meats that makes an authentic street taco. Luis remembered his roots as he worked his way through the industry in the United States, continuing to dine at Latin restaurants and taquerias. Today, he brings his carefully honed palate and time-honored recipes to Fiesta Wok, where he crafts dishes such as barbacoa burrito bowls and chicken quesadillas from scratch.
In the sprawling dining room, white tablecloths drape over square and circular tables. Atop these tables are platters of the Mandarin, Szechuan, and Cantonese cuisine that fills Christina Wan's menu. Favorites such as general tso's chicken and sesame beef share space with less-known dishes such as saigon steak kew (filet mignon with snow peas) and lemongrass-marinated rack of lamb.
Bright spotlights shine down as the doors swing open. Grinning faces look up in recognition. Dishes emerge from the kitchen at Panda Buffet like celebrities, draped in boas of steam and mantles of honey-garlic or bourbon glaze beneath the lemongrass-hued walls and wood paneling. Waiters toting traditional concoctions such as General Tso’s chicken scoot past mirrors painted with bucolic Eastern scenes that let diners experience exotic locales without hiding in a shipment of pith helmets.
Dragon Pearl Tea is grown organically in a fashion similar to techniques used for thousands of years, sustaining the ancient traditions of tea farming and culture in the Fujian Mountians. No chemicals are ever used in growing and processesing the tea.
If the wall painted to resemble aged parchment paper complete with neat rows of hanzi characters doesn't make Sum Yum Gai's cultural ties apparent enough, then the intermingling aromas of ginger, sweet and sour sauce, and pan-fried noodles definitely will. The menu of classic Chinese cuisine draws inspiration from regions throughout the country. This leads to dishes such as roasted duck with hoisin sauce appearing alongside chicken and mixed vegetables stir-fried in a spicy Szechuan sauce.
Additionally, the selection includes a number of vegetarian-friendly meals, including soft tofu squares and mushrooms in a brown garlic sauce, as well as a mushroom and a vegetable fried rice.
Mirrors and ornate paintings surround diners at Lily Garden with a serene atmosphere as they sample a menu filled with Hunan, Cantonese, and Sichuan dishes. Each white-clothed table in the dining room supports a crescent vase of flowers, and red paper lanterns dangle above the booths along each wall. Delivery and catering services are also available.
Tender pieces of chicken, beef, shrimp, and pork simmer in a variety of aromatic sauces, including curry, savory black bean, and fiery sichuan. The Triple Crown In Bird's Nest specialty holds chicken, pork, shrimp, and vegetables in a crispy potato basket, and the seafood straw mushroom combines succulent lobster, scallions, and scarecrows used to frighten away hungry pelicans. Lily Garden also serves beer and wine and curates a gluten-free menu for patrons who swear off the wheat-based protein.