Adam and Kristie Jeffrey's inspiration for opening Imagine Vegan Cafe is pretty straightforward—they wanted to create a place where "you never feel like a weirdo for ordering food without animal products." Strangely enough, their menu reads like one you'd see at any other restaurant, as it's populated with dishes such as boneless wings with homemade ranch and bacon cheddar burgers. Of course, every menu item is made using the vegan substitute for the meat or dairy ingredient stated, including the ever-popular beef tips and rice. The extensive menu includes breakfast, as well as a full kids' menu that supports Adam and Kristie's mission to be family-friendly.
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DeJAVU Restaurant owner Gary Williams has learned a lot about food in more than 30 years as a chef, but one thing he never picked up is a formal culinary education. Instead, his Creole-themed menus build off his firsthand experience traveling the country from New Orleans to California to Miami. Take, for example, DeJAVU's alligator stew. Without ever consulting a recipe or a magical talking oven mitt, Williams paired sautéed gator tail meat with a house blend of Creole seasoning, giving the stew a character of its own with curry, French bell peppers, and onions. In addition to the Cajun favorites, DeJAVU's menu presents plenty of vegan and vegetarian options, such as pasta primavera sautéed in coconut milk for a main course and vegan carrot-raisin bread for dessert.
No pita wrap is alike at Jiji's Wraps Cafe. The menu fuses Mediterranean, Ethiopian, and American flavors, with options ranging from chicken shawarma and gyro pizzas to philly cheesesteaks and kitfo, an Ethiopian dish of very rare minced beef. Even better, the food is prepared in a fast casual environment—for call-in orders, a warm wrap or vegan dish is ready in 5–15 minutes. Those who dine at the café can also take advantage of its computers and WiFi access.
Main Squeeze’s menu enlivens patrons with its expansive smoothie selections, freshly squeezed juices, and healthy café fare stocked with organic and locally grown produce. Tackle morning cravings with a Sunrise smoothie ($3.95–$4.95), which fuses together a medley of sweet treats including banana and honey, or deliver the midday energy boost needed to finish work or beat local ducks in a waddle race with a Boogaloo berry smoothie ($3.95–$4.95), filled with blended strawberries and blueberries. Juices showcase freshly squeezed flavors from locally harvested crops, such as the wheatgrass shot ($2.25–$3.75) and Magenta juice ($4.25–$5.25), a mixture of beets, carrot juice, and celery. Diners can also satisfy mouth pearls by chomping down on a fish taco ($3.95) or personalize leafy amalgamations with the create-your-own-salad option($6.99), which lets patrons choose from a variety of veggies, cheeses, and names such as "My Salad" or "Steve."
The sizzle of the round-bottom wok is how many Asian dishes begin, according to the staff at Noodles Asian Bistro. To craft its menu, the kitchen draws together dishes from China, Thailand, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, which seems to highlight the similarities rather than the differences in the cuisines. The wok sears chopped vegetables and sliced meats with sweet and spicy sauces for both traditional dishes, and house specialties, such as the Happy Family with chicken, beef, and shrimp tossed with veggies, perfect for stuffing an omnivore's pinata.
Grand Buffet's chefs slice fresh vegetables and sear meats in an open kitchen to craft a menu packed with more than 80 classic Chinese and Japanese favorites. The team fills huge chafing dishes with sweet, sour, and spicy buffet treats, including a spread of sushi at lunch and seafood at dinner. Though many patrons enjoy mix-and-matching, chefs also accommodate diners who want their favorite dish. House specialties include beef and scallops with garlic sauce and orange chicken, as well as traditional fare such as chow mein, fried rice, and egg foo young. Alternatively, diners can create-their-own entrees, allowing them to enjoy their favorite vegetables or edit their own fortunes.