The wines come in reds, whites, glasses, and bottles. The prosciutto, which complements the wine, comes from outside the United States. And an outdoor patio means no one has to drink their wine or eat their prosciutto inside, unless they’d like to look at vino-themed artwork or keep their feet firmly planted in plush carpet. The staff cooks chicken or veal marsala, as well as a number of inventive pizzas, Italian flatbreads, and pasta smothered in ricotta, mozzarella, and parmigiana cheese or drenched in housemade marinara sauce. Bella Tuscany Ristorante Italiano has a Sunday brunch, and the staff can accommodate customers’ every need by offering delivery, catering, and carryout.
In Asian Retreat And Nail Salon's stone manicures and pedicures, rocks take a starring role. Nail technicians ease tension from appendages with massaging stones, and handcrafted stones nestle between toes to stretch and relax the many muscles in each foot.
At "The Taste of West Orange" Best Fest in 2013, That One Spot won "Best Food." Not "Best Burger," "Best Fries," or "Best Use of Feta On a Monday Night." Simply "Best Food." As one can see, the gourmet burger joint has a penchant for leaving fans at a loss for words. Even the typically verbose comfort food blog Burger Beast summed up their review with a single syllable: "Wow."
The mass praise is the result of That One Spot's imaginative burger recipes. The chalk board menu is erasable for a reason: the chefs refuse to hold their imaginations back. Beef patties, which are forged from a blend of chuck, brisket, and short rib, are often paired with surprise toppings such as roast beef, coconut curry, banana cream sauce, and even Spam. Plenty of traditional burgers are always on hand though, with add-ons that include everything from pecan smoked bacon to corn-encrusted mac and cheese.
Baklava Grill takes a comprehensive tack when it comes to Mediterranean cuisine—the restaurant's menu includes foods plucked from countries all around the Mediterranean, including Italy, Greece, Turkey, Syria, and Lebanon. Stuffed grape leaves and spicy muhammara give diners a taste of the area's piquant flavor profiles before entrees such as kufta kebabs and vegetarian eggplant parmesan. The zuppa di pesce is a classic seaside offering full of seafood served atop lightly marinara-sauced linguine.
Chefs also build specialty pizzas in 17 varieties, including a pesto pie with fresh basil, pine nuts, and olive oil. A selection of hot sandwiches tempts patrons with everything from chicken shawarma to beef gyros. Aside from its dinner menu, Baklava Grill also offers custom Carvel ice-cream cakes and catering services for parties of 10 or more people, or at least 5 people who can clone themselves at a moment’s notice.
The mealtime maestros at Maza Restaurant orchestrate a menu of clay-oven baked tandoori entrees, flavorful curries, and biryani dishes from Afghanistan and India. Appetite adventurers can kick-off culinary excursions with crispy samosas ($5), which pocket seasoned potatoes, green peas, or minced lamb inside a golden puff pastry shell that’s accessible to humans, but impenetrable to disoriented sea otters. Smoky clay-oven flavors infiltrate tandoori feasts, including lamb chops ($28) and chicken tikka marinated in a fragrant yogurt, garlic, and ginger sauce ($14), or opt for an Afghan kabob such as the lamb gosfand kabob ($18) or sirloin soltani kabob ($16). The lamb vindaloo entree stews tender meat with ginger, onions, and potatoes in a spicy vindaloo sauce ($16), and the murgh biryani buries chicken, nuts, and raisins in a mound of fluffy saffron-infused rice ($13). For dessert, sweet teeth can sink into the ras malai dumpling swollen with honey and ground pistachios ($5), or scavenge through crispy layers of baklava for nuts and honey-covered antiquities ($4).