Messina's mouthwatering menu of contemporary takes on Greek and Italian classics is compiled using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and traditional family recipes. Start a meal off with a spinach pie plate of fresh spinach and feta cheese stuffed into phyllo dough ($5.25), or saganaki, which reflects the restaurant's confidence in its staff of on-site firefighters as cubes of fried kasseri cheese are flamed tableside ($7.50). A moussaka plate offers diners a traditional taste of Greece with layers of fried eggplant, minced ground beef, potatoes, and béchamel sauce ($10.95). Or, opt for homemade pizzas topped with ingredients such as ground gyro meat, feta cheese, and anchovies packing a potent punch of flavor, like a pair of boxing gloves stuffed with bouillon cubes ($5.95–$19.50). Once filled, blissfully bloated bellies can take inspiration from belly dancers to shake off enough room for desserts such as baklava ($2.50), or drown their rhythm-less sorrows in a refreshing beer or glass of wine from the drink menu.
Under the guidance of the Sarma brothers, who own and operate Haveli Indian Cuisine, the chefs take care to turn out traditionally crafted Indian dishes that showcase tender lamb and chicken baked in clay ovens. Each geographic region of India has its own variation on common recipes, and Haveli's menu mirrors this broad culinary scope. Plates of vegetarian saag paneer spice up spinach cooked with cubes of cheese, and fiery vindaloo entrees send bites of shrimp or chicken blazing across taste buds. Platters of rich curries and sides, such as freshly baked roti or samosas, keep the lunch buffet packed for people on a break from work or spelunkers searching for something that's truly bottomless.
L'Thai Organic Cuisine & Wine Bar's cooks arrange authentic Thai feasts using wholesome ingredients, more than 80% of which are USDA-certified organic. The sprawling menu is stuffed from binder to page edge with preservative-free seafood, curry, and veggie dishes. A number of the dishes are vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free, creating the most accommodating culinary arrangement since adjustable fruit hats.
Amid the clacking of pool balls, servers at The Spot Sports Bar & Grill fuel festivities with platefuls of steamy crab legs waiting to dive into bowlfuls of butter. Yellow lighting bathes the bar area, where bartenders mix cocktails, dole out hookah flavors, and control how loud the flat-screen TVs are allowed to talk.