The 15 varieties of empanadas crafted at O'LaLa Empanadas and International Cuisine are often seasoned with little more than lime?perhaps because they're zesty enough already. Each is stuffed with fillings such as beans, vegetables, chicken, and pork, and fried to a crispy golden-brown before being branded with the chef's family crest. Dessert variations, meanwhile, feature guava and rich chocolate. Empanadas aren't the only items on the menu, though: the eatery offers Latin-Chinese fusion cuisine and Latin dishes such as arroz chaufa and fried fish.
Founded in 1976, the Coffee Beanery has wafted the enticing aroma of its beans not only throughout the United States but also over foreign soil. At each location, baristas brew the company's specially roasted beans and decaf coffee, which expels caffeine via the Swiss water process rather than with harsh chemicals. In addition to steaming espresso drinks and blending icy frappalattes, the staff stocks their shelves with bags of flavored coffees such as french toast, chocolate mint kiss, and Michigan cherry. Although guests are welcome to cozy up at a table or grab a cup to go, the beanery also lures shoppers inside to peruse a selection of coffee gifts, perfect for birthdays or Monday mornings.
Crowned with succulent gyro meat, jalapenos, and tons of cheese, the supreme gyro pizza showcases Famous Gyro & Pizza's namesakes in one delectable package. Of course, plenty of other toppings can crown pies, from bleu cheese and housemade buffalo sauce to thinly sliced Philly steak. Cooks can also stuff said steak into the big famous gyro cheesesteak, an 18-inch pita also filled with gyro meat, peppers, and French fries. But not everything here plays off the pizza and gyro theme. The eclectic menu encompasses everything from Italian specialties like mussels marinara to Mediterranean classics, such as curry chicken kebabs and roasted half-chickens.
For centuries, the diverse cultures of Asia have been borrowing culinary traditions from their neighbors, transcending borders to swap cooking techniques and seasonings. At China Spice, chefs that hail from locales such as China, Nepal, and Tibet illustrate these time-honored pastimes on plates, harmoniously uniting the spices and styles of Indian, Sichuan, Thai, and Nepalese cuisines. Flecks of coriander and turmeric—hallmarks of Indian and Thai kitchens—might pepper dishes doused in classic Chinese soy sauce. Provincial Hakka specialties, such as chili chicken, neighbor dishes from cosmopolitan Shanghai. Ample rice and noodle dishes, vegetarian fare, and seafood populate tables next to long banquettes, which unfurl amid low lighting and deep earth tones.
Aromatic spices perfume the air at Khaja Haleem & Grill as diners sit down to platters of freshly prepared, authentic North Indian and Pakistani cuisine. Hefty portions of biryanis and tandoor-cooked meats and veggies feature marinated chicken, minced mutton, or goat. Vegetarians find their wheelhouse in the selection of six veggie entrees, including fried okra and spicy soup. Seven styles of naan come stuffed with garlic, jalapeños, cheese, or smaller pieces of naan.
Illuminated by the twinkle of hanging chandeliers, servers deliver plates of sizzling Indian dishes from Chaska Restaurant's kitchen. Inside, tandoori clay ovens are ablaze with traditional breads and spice-steeped meats, which pour forth steam like a robot trying to pass a poetry exam. Come lunchtime, a buffet snakes across the elegant dining room, filled with platters of palak paneer, lamb marinated in yogurt sauce, and samosas stuffed with potatoes and chickpeas.:m]]