When Mike's Subs first opened in 1956, the menu was simple: cold-cut subs, on untoasted buns, topped with the kitchen's only condiment: Mike's Special oil. Mike's prepares hot and cold subs alike, such as buffalo chicken and sausage spinach, which are topped with rich sauces, vegetables such as mushrooms and garlic, and cheese such as provolone and sharp cheddar. While chefs slice sandwiches lengthwise, deep fryers bubble with french fries or onion rings, and pizza pies are made with ingredients like their traditional buffalo pizza. Mike's also arranges party platters of dinner rolls, meats, and cheeses, which allow parties of up to 40 people to build their own sandwiches. Mike's has also recently expanded with a full dining room.
The chefs at Orchid Asian Bistro borrowed recipes from Japan and Thailand to build a menu bursting with flavor. They slather teriyaki sauce atop pieces of shrimp and simmer crispy red snapper in a thai chili sauce. Fresh pineapple finds its way into bowls of fried rice and a chicken entree doused in sweet and sour white sauce. The chefs also incorporate fruit into the eatery’s special sushi rolls, wrapping seaweed around mango and white fish tempura, and sprinkling toasted coconut atop a shrimp tempura roll.
Chefs at Amici Ristorante stir pots of their house made sauces to pair with linguini and tortellini or bake with their veal parimgiana. Along with their menu of classic Italian dishes, the restaurant owners also stock their bar with wines from Italy and around the world.
Beyond the elegant bistro's striped awning, chef Kevin O'Connell Jr.'s contemporary culinary creations titillate palates in the form of small plates and upscale entrees, featured by the Buffalo News. Dishes parade out from the kitchen bearing grilled veal loin with fried mozzarella or smoked-salmon pizza. Larger plates showcase grilled rib eye with cheddar and bacon and barbecued Hudson Valley duck breast, as patrons sip or spit-take handcrafted cocktails, wines, and craft beers. A hand-painted mural of the French countryside and paintings by local artist Claire Essley beam down upon the main dining room's sleek black chairs and white tabletops, and the bar's glass mosaics and pounded copper glimmer beneath a sundial dome. Red umbrellas speckle the outdoor patio, and a private room spaciously accommodates large parties. Further delighting guests, regular movie nights and special events offer up a welcome respite from the humdrum home-dining entertainment of the family dog playing the spoons again.