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.
Raul and Maria Gutierrez were raised on fajitas in their native Mexico, where many families raise their own chickens and make tortillas by hand. After honing their culinary skills in several Houston restaurants, the couple chased their dreams to Fresno, where Fajita Fiesta was born. Instead of sprouting from a pinto bean, the eatery sprang from one of the Gutierrez’s favorite dishes: tacos al carbon, a union of handcrafted tortillas, fresh pico de gallo, and charbroiled steak, chicken, or pork. Made fresh every hour, the tortillas serve as a canvas for creativity by exhibiting savories such as grilled shrimp, onions, and poblano peppers. For deep-fried fare such as chimichangas and sopapillas, Raul and Maria use canola oil to minimize saturated fat. Margaritas add a heady kick to the evening's festivities, and horchatas end meals on a sweet cinnamon note, with textures smoother than a freshly shorn saxophone. The kitchen also caters feasts for a variety of events, filling bellies with hearty chicken moles and bite-size eats such as mini taquitos.
In 1975, after lending his expertise to the owners of a sub shop in Sparks, Nevada, public accountant John Larsen realized that his true calling was right beneath his nose?and it smelled delicious. Larsen wanted to make sandwiches, and it wasn?t long before locals eagerly supported his dream.
A community-wide contest helped to name Larsen?s enterprise Port of Subs, a name that now, after nearly four decades, graces approximately 140 locales. Each shop has a crew of sandwich makers that prepares subs to order in front of customers, piling freshly sliced meats between toasted bread with hand-painted grill marks. Cold subs feature filling combinations such as roast beef and provolone or peppered pastrami and swiss, available on wheat, white, or sourdough bread. Oven-baked grillers enclose barbecue pulled pork, new york steak and cheese, and other savory meats.
In addition to feeding the locals, Port of Subs partners with community organizations for fundraisers and other events.
Chow down on ribs, slaw and more at Maui Hawaiian BBQ, a down-home barbecue joint in Fresno. Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu as well. Gather the whole family for a trip to Maui Hawaiian BBQ — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here. Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Maui Hawaiian BBQ's beautiful outdoor seating area.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
There's no need to bust your budget at Maui Hawaiian BBQ, with affordable prices that almost always stay under $15.
Pass the bread basket! Di Cicco's Italian Restaurants and Pizzerias serves the best up-to-the-minute Italian fare. If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat well at Di Cicco's Italian Restaurants and Pizzerias, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices. Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Di Cicco's Italian Restaurants and Pizzerias.
No need to gussy up for a trip to Di Cicco's Italian Restaurants and Pizzerias, where patrons dress for comfort and fun.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
For signature sushi rolls with a modern flair, dine at Roe Restaurant. Low-fat eaters will need to take care, however, since the menu does not feature any skimmed down fare. Open air seating is ready for diners at Roe Restaurant when the weather is warm.
You can also grab your food to go.
A visit to Roe Restaurant will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule. Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express are all accepted. Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the sushi spot, though breakfast and lunch are also served.