Samba's menu spans continents, uniting dishes toasted over the leaping flames of a Brazilian grill with those cooked in the heated clay interior of a tandoor oven. Samba's signature rodizio dinners deliver skewered meats to tables, where they are carved by servers directly onto diners' plates. Picanha, a cut of beef, is a popular choice. For those who would rather not indulge in the all-you-can-eat option, the picanha burger—covered in mozzarella, grilled mushrooms, and peppers—offers a taste of the Brazilian beef.
Indian offerings include seven types of naan bread, chicken tikka masala, and biryani rice entrees. Samba serves Mediterranean as well, from hummus appetizers to shish kebab lunches and pizzas dotted with feta cheese.
Though the food comes from various regions, the venue positions diners under the same sky—or at least a ceiling charmingly painted to mimic the clouds. Samba also celebrates birthdays with exceptional fanfare: drums, tambourines, and song, instead of the traditional treat of fine-dining establishments, a lobster clutching candles in its claws. This excitement also extends to the upcoming 2014 World Cup beginning in June, during which the restaurant will air the contests with a family-friendly atmosphere.
In an effort to find a healthy alternative to fast food without sacrificing speediness, the creators of Pita Pit began assembling their signature sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks. At each location, thin, Lebanese-style pitas encircle lean, grilled meats and fresh veggies, all grilled to order. Sandwich selections span the spectrum from gyro meat and falafel to turkey and prime rib. The staff empowers customers to make healthy choices by displaying nutrition information for each bread, meat, and post-meal toothpick and corralling a selection of healthy sandwiches.
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Feeding Fresnans since 1926, Santa Fe Basque's menu brings together soups, salads, meaty main plates, and dessert items in a culinary harmony unseen since the California Raisins dominated the airwaves. Served up family style, start with main plates such as fried chicken ($13.95), lamb steak ($15.95), and calamari almandine ($17.95). Unlike a semicircle, each entree comes with multiple sides; bread and butter, a side of the chef's choosing, a daily special side, soup, tossed salad, a veggie of the day, possibly a kitchen sink, potato salad, and a meal-capping bowl of ice cream all come standard.
Port of Subs' slice-savvy deli artisans shave meats and cheeses to assemble each sub on the menu, assembling eats before the customers' eyes. White, wheat, and sourdough rolls sliced into 5-, 8-, 12-, and 24-inch portions encapsulate cold sandwiches such as the No. 9—peppered pastrami layered with swiss and topped with lettuce, tomatoes, and purple onions before being seasoned with oil, vinegar, and spices ($3.79–$13.79). Salads delight taste buds year-round, and seasonal hot-pressed pilgrim grillers in 5-, 8-, or 12-inch incarnations hoard a cornucopia's worth of sliced turkey breast, moist stuffing, and cranberry sauce between a ruffled collar of ciabatta bread ($4.99–$7.99). A tortilla's embrace enfolds turkey and bacon-ranch wraps ($5.99), and all grillers and cold subs can also be turned into wraps. This deal can also be used toward catering, enabling hosts of game-day soirees or 10-year reunions for imaginary high-school friends to set forth stress-free cheese platters and party subs.