Though its name evokes the rolling hillsides of Ireland, The House of Shamrocks takes much of its culinary inspiration from the good ole’ USA. That’s not to say they don’t whip up Irish staples such as fish 'n' chips and corned-beef sandwiches, but they primarily prepare classic North American comfort food such as popcorn chicken, deep-fried pickles, home-style chili, and half-pound hamburgers made with super fresh Angus patties.
Visitors can watch the latest sports on TVs throughout the bar or, on occasional weekends, enjoy musical entertainment such as karaoke, live bands, and DJs.
With more than 3,000 products in stock and learned clerks, Organic America infuses would-be green thumbs with the supplies and skills to bolster indoor and outdoor gardens. The staff, which includes professional farmers and retired Swamp Things, educates clientele with seminars and in-store conversation. Weekly workshops detail the essential techniques necessary for successful organic or hydroponic harvests, including crop rotation and biological pest control. Behind the store's low-slung façade, verdant displays show the life cycle of healthy plants as they mature from seeds to flowers and eventually to parade floats.
A chic little spot for a taste of both sweet and savory creations, The Crepe?previously known as What Cr?pe? and recently re-opened?is home to more than 50 of its namesake creations. During brunch, lunch, and dinner, chefs prepare a plethora of iterations, including pan-seared chicken with fragrant truffles, or crepes lined with fresh-cut fruit and topped with ice cream and a shake of powdered sugar. Visitors can also build their own versions with either sweet or savory ingredients, or order fresh-brewed coffee drinks and bright, crunchy salads.
Tasi sails on seas of blended fruit with its selection of smoothies ($4.15–$4.75). Lou Ferrigno impersonators can opt for the Hulk, a fabric-ripping monster of soymilk, peanut butter, banana, and honey, while Californian coconut collectors can jumpstart their mornings with the peach-mango-strawberry kick of the Triple C. Those preferring more punch in their pureed potion can get a power smoothie ($4.55–$5.35) with a shot of whey protein or espresso, while mountain-lion tamers and hangover havers can juice up the bio-batteries with an energy smoothie ($5.89–$6.60). Tasi also offers customizable raw juices ($4.25–$5.19), coffee ($1.50, $1 if you bring your own cup), and wheatgrass shots ($2) for those looking to imbibe liquefied energy in an unsmoothed way.
The chefs at Sangria Tapas Cafe spread a cozy blanket over the many flavorful regions of the Iberian Peninsula, gaining the trust of 42 types of tapas and four varieties of paella before feeding the naive savories to hungry patrons. With toes tapping sandy tiles and elbows perched on wooden tables in the restaurant's taverna-style dining room, customers can browse a menu bursting with dinner and lunch options. Sharable tapas plates provide culinary overtures, with mushroom caps ($6.95) singing arias silently due to shrimp-stuffed mouths, and potato-and-cheese croquetas ($5.95) muffled with a layer of sour cream. Palates warmed by the pork sausage and tri-colored peppers ($7.95 for lunch; $6.95 for dinner) cool themselves with slices of spanish manchego cheese and bites of dry chorizo. Paellas simmer in four styles, including the seafood-and-vegetable paella swimming in a fish-and-saffron broth, as well as the mushroom paella piled with portobellos, shitakes, and cremini.
At Tokyo Sushi & Grill, chefs spin out plates of authentic Asian eats alongside a sumptuous spread of quality sushi. Fish fans can fill their tuna tanks with mouthwatering morsels of white tuna ($2.25), yellowtail ($2.25), belly tuna ($4.25), or spicy tuna ($6.50), or mix and match any number of specialty sushi items to create a custom conglomeration of fresh fish, sticky rice, and chopped veggies. Complementing the sushi-heavy repertoire, Tokyo Sushi & Grill draws from the deep wells of Japanese and Thai culinary traditions. The shrimp tempura finds deep-fried succulent jumbo shrimp sharing prime plate real estate with battered vegetables and a tangy dipping sauce ($7.95 for lunch; $9.95 for dinner), and the crazy noodles entree earns its name by throwing together egg noodles, onions, carrots, pea pods, and bean sprouts in a mad mash-up, paired with your choice of protein and 17 copies of The Catcher in the Rye ($7.95–$10.95).