Dale Del Bello remembers everything about his first hibachi experience. While stationed in Korea as a part of the Air Force National Guard, Dale and a group of friends visited Tokyo on leave. They followed a traditional route among his fellow service people, which took him to a hibachi restaurant. Immediately he sensed that he’d stumbled upon more than just dinner. The chefs’ showmanship fascinated him as they seared meats and vegetables on their tabletop grills, allowing guests to sample forkfuls directly off the 600-degree surface. After returning to Buffalo, New York, in 1971, Dale opened his first Arigato location, attempting to recreate what made that dining experience so remarkable. Since then, he has distilled the authentic experience into something that families can enjoy without traveling abroad, establishing Arigato restaurants throughout New York and Florida and staffing them with more than 60 chefs from Japan.
Surrounded by 8–10 diners, these chefs act not only as the restaurant’s culinary creators, but also as showmen and magicians of sorts, dexterously slicing ingredients, flipping shrimp tails into their hats, and conjuring soy sauce out of thin air. Away from the flaming tabletops, meanwhile, bartenders make use of their own skill sets as they mix specialty cocktails, which occasionally use splashes of plum wine or sake to imbue familiar-sounding drinks with new dimension.
Tokyo Bay Mang Sushi and Japanese Steakhouse spans a spectrum of cooking ideologies, simultaneously folding fresh, raw fish into sushi rolls, searing hibachi items in a scorching blaze, and rounding out the menu with pan-Asian entrees and Thai dishes. Chefs fire up three front-and-center teppanyaki tables, where flaming plumes obscure steak, shrimp, and scallops. The King lobster sushi roll sports dual tempura and fried lobster tails swept up in the flavors of faux crab, asparagus, avocado, and eel sauce. Basil sprinkles thai curries and piping-hot seafood, served behind a façade that mimics the tiered roofs in Thailand that protect possessions from pad thai monsoons.
Max & Sam's Bar & Grill carries on a classic neighborhood-chophouse tradition with hand-cut steaks and seafood served within dark-wood-paneled walls built in 1924 and brushed against by the likes of Al Capone, Marilyn Monroe, and Joe DiMaggio. Under the gaze of jazz-age crooners swirled onto framed canvases, soaking up aromatic inspiration for their next musical meditation on cheese grits, the five-course meal kicks off its culinary set list with parmesan-crusted beef tips or calamari. Bowls of the chef's french-onion or soup du jour, depending on whether jour is in season, set the scene for a simple house salad of mixed greens and veggies.
Take a trip to Texas, at least for dinner. The Texas Cattle Co brings the cowboy experience to your plate with juicy steaks cooked on a custom wood-burning pit. Experience the flavors of Texas and Florida as you enjoy USDA Prime, corn-fed beef and local seafood. Their large steaks are prepared on Florida citrus and oak wood, giving them the distinct flavor that they are known for. If you don’t fall in love with the tender steaks, you’ll probably fall in love with the potatoes, an option with every steak. Texas Cattle Co serves high-quality steak dinners in a relaxing nostalgic atmosphere. It is the perfect place for a family night out or a birthday treat.
Let them take you to downtown Tokyo at Hiro’s Tokyo Steakhouse and Sushi Bar. The decor at Hiro’s is modern with its clean lines, exposed pipes, and red and white accents. The food at Hiro’s reflects its style. It’s fresh, enticing, and innovative. The menu includes dishes like seasoned baby octopus, seared steak with ponzu sauce, and the Jump Up and Kiss Me. Join them for lunch or dinner and enjoy an array of options from the kitchen and from the sushi bar. And, don’t worry if you’re a sushi beginner! The servers and chefs here are more than happy to help you out. Be sure to check out their late night special menu!
In Florida, there's no shortage of restaurants with outdoor seating and delicious food. However, 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House does dining differently. Not only will you have amazing views, but you'll dine on award-winning cuisine. Consistent winner for their fresh and expertly prepared seafood, a meal at 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House promises to be a treat for your taste buds. Not only that, 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House focuses on a holistic dining experience, offering free valet parking and having multiple spaces available for large parties.