Traveling thousands of miles for a great meal might seem extreme to some, but it makes sense to members of the Zhen family. As a group who's passionate about good food, they understand why some people travel just to taste delicacies from around the world. Fortunately, local diners need only travel as far as Taste of China—the Zhen family's second restaurant—to find fresh Chinese food that made the Chinese Restaurant News' Top 100 Chinese Restaurants in the USA list for three consecutive years.
Inside the restaurant, aromas waft from the semi-open kitchen, carrying the promise of dishes such as tender beef in spicy Szechuan sauce or shredded mu shu pork with wood ear mushrooms and savory pancakes. For a taste of something truly unique, diners can ask to to eat from the test-kitchen menu of seasonal dishes made from rare and elusive ingredients.
Located within the Cinetopia theater at Vancouver Mall, Brewtopia adds a gourmet twist to traditional comfort food and American cuisine. With the skill of cattle ranchers weaving new lassos from stalks of wheat, cooks mold half-pound burgers from Snake River Farms beef, craft sandwiches and wraps such as buffalo-chicken wraps and oyster po' boys, and design gourmet entrees such as cider-glazed Carlton Farms pork chops. Beyond Brewtopia proper, the adjoining cinema boasts four enormous GXL screens up to 80 feet with 4096p projection—4 times the resolution of Blu-ray—and an exclusive immersive 64.2 channel Dolby ATMOS sound system, five luxury-themed movie parlors, nine living rooms, and five grand auditoriums with steep stadium-style seating to help guests enjoy a clear view of the screen.
The menu at The Igloo Restaurant is reminiscent of that of a 50s diner. Chefs flip juicy third-pound patties before sliding them atop buns or low-carb lettuce wraps, along with toppings such as bacon, cheese, jalapeños, and mushrooms. In the nearby frier, they also sizzle up chicken strips, onion rings, and the crispy fries that accompany every burger. To round out their menu, they offer a range of ice cream treats. They can plop scoops of ice cream into sundaes, cones, or root beer floats, which can be outfitted with two straws for a romantic interlude or proof that I can have fun all by myself, Mom.
Instead of printing its menu in a leather-bound booklet or sending notes to the kitchen via pneumatic tube, Dominik's Italian Food for You! keeps ordering simple. Like any classic Italian deli, Dominik's menu is written on an oversized chalkboard hanging on the wall, showcasing the hot and cold sandwiches that load meatballs and marinara, salami and pepperoni, and Italian sausage and peppers inside nine-inch loaves of bread. The chefs also mix, knead, and hand-stretch fresh dough for pizzas and simmer flavorful sauces for spaghetti, lasagna, and other pasta dishes.
Adults love to drink coffee. Kids love to play. But unless you have a frappuccino-filled swimming pool in your backyard, there aren't many places where both activities can take place. That's where Little Cups & Grownups comes in. Part cafe and part play-space, Little Cups allows adults to relax and converse as their children interact in a supervised area stocked with toys and books. Baristas pour Caffe D'arte coffee and espresso drinks alongside salads, chicken wraps, and turkey paninis, while parties provide kids with snacks and drinks of their own, including personal pizzas and juice.
El Presidente exemplifies a classic Mexican restaurant, with a colorfully decorated dining room, a bar stocked with frosty cervezas, and a menu of authentic dishes. Follow the aroma of sizzling carnitas and roasting peppers into the kitchen, where you'll find chefs whipping up enchiladas, burritos, and Mexican specialties—such as tender steak picado and sweet and spicy chicken mole. They also extend their culinary expertise towards variety of seafood dishes, smothering jumbo shrimp in house-made ranchero sauce and packing burritos with crab, shrimp, and chicken.
Guests await meals at tabletops and booths out in the expansive dining room, where Mexican artwork speckles the walls. Crystal-clear speakers create a festive atmosphere by playing lively tunes in lieu of stuffy muzack or recordings of the word "sorrow" repeated over and over again.