Inspired by the concept that potatoes are "the new pasta," Potato Bowl drapes hand-cut fries and baked potatoes with unconventional toppings that range from garlic parmesan alfredo to thai chili sauce. Drawing ingredients from locally harvested vegetables and beef from local farmers, Potato Bowl's chefs create each potato topper from scratch. The gluten-free and MSG-free bowls include the ClarksVegas, which is topped with black-bean turkey chili and can also be used to lure raccoons into your boss’s filing cabinets.
Authentic German dishes and homemade pastries crowd Edelweiss' menu, which is served in a homey restaurant festooned with Bavarian décor and recommended by TripAdvisor. Half of a rotisserie chicken ($9.99) dances along a crispy french-fry border, and traditional Bratwurst sausages ($9.49) rest on a bed of sauerkraut, which cooks shredded after it revealed incriminating information. Inside the schnitzel sandwich ($7.99), a breaded pork cutlet smothered in special sauce lounges atop brotchen, and the handheld morsel accompanies a side of homemade german potato salad. German soda and beer wash down post-schnitzel shoveling, and a rotating selection of freshly baked cakes, cookies, and tarts conclude meals as sweetly as fairy tales penned in maple syrup.
Freedom Deli's army of hearty sandwiches, available for carryout or delivery, can ably oust hunger from meetings and get-togethers. Bread such as sub rolls, croissants, pretzel bread, and ciabatta—like the walk-in safes of wealthy butchers—lock up rich, flavorful Boar's Head meats. The shop's epic Heavy Lift comes stacked with a farmyard trinity of roast beef, Virginia baked ham, and smoked turkey ($9.95), and the corned-beef sandwich slathers its marble rye canvas with sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and thousand-island dressing ($6.95). Former college students looking to showcase their mature tastes can brandish the pizza sandwich, a refined handheld that encases pepperoni, marinara, and mozzarella ($6.95). Delivery is available within 10 miles of Freedom Deli, and a minimum eight-sandwich order is required.
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.
The diversity of Relish's offerings—from its dine-in menu of salads and sandwiches to its bakery and frozen yogurt—represents the eatery's evolution from a small deli to a full-blown restaurant. Those early diner favorites, such as tuna melts and meatball subs, still fill bellies alongside bread bowls full of hot pasta. On the bakery side, custom cakes, gourmet cupcakes, and pies brimming with fresh fruit line the counters or await pickup for a future event. On Friday nights, the venue comes to life with the thrumming music of live local bands, followed by family-friendly Saturdays, on which kids eat free without having to pickpocket napping subway commuters.
The pastry mavens at Tricia’s on the Square bake an assortment of treats from fresh ingredients. Cake bites deliver sweet morsels in dainty portions, eliminating the hazards of cake-induced delirium. Bakers with tiny hands incorporate timeless flavors such as chocolate, strawberry, and lemon into each tasty nibble. Moist strawberry cupcakes crowned with cream-cheese icing kiss taste buds with a delicate sweetness, and triple-chocolate cupcakes pack a decadent, cocoa-rich punch.