Blu Greek Taverna imports many of its ingredients straight from Greece, instantly transporting the stomachs of diners to this Mediterranean mainstay. Plant a meal seed with an appetizer like the feta and olive plate ($6) or the loukaniko, imported Cyprus sausage links filled with beef and marinated in homemade wine sauce ($7). Move on to a stacked stick kebab ($12–$15) like the vegetarian-friendly vegan souvlaki with eggplant, green pepper, tomato, zucchini, onions, and squash pieces marinated in Ladolemono ($12). House specialties include lamb youvetsi (lamb tenderloin cubes slow-stewed in tomato sauce, $19) or grilled xifias (marinated swordfish filet, $21). Blu Greek also offers a kids menu and a notable wine list for grown-ups.
Every dish of Lu on the House of Lu's menu of Lu comes from a family recipe perfected over decades and steeped in praise. Lunch features a moderately priced ($5.75¬–$8) cast of classics all served with egg-fried or steamed rice and a vegetable egg roll. Favorites include the sesame chicken, Mongolian beef, and the spicy Hunan chicken. Starting at 3 p.m., the dinner dragon uncoils from its raindrop until it fills the menu with the lengthy list of authentic dishes scrawled across its underbelly. Dinner dishes are mainly centered around beef, poultry, pork, vegetables, and seafood with a plethora of options falling under each category. Net an order of best-selling coconut shrimp ($15.95), peck at the fan-favorite sesame chicken ($10.50), or fulfill a veggie fix with an order of General Tso's tofu ($9.50) and chase it with a dessert of sesame balls ($0.25 each). There's also a kids' menu for grotesque, half-formed adults and finicky feasters.
SweeTreats formulates ice-cream amalgamations, nestling saccharine delights inside cozy cups or fresh-baked waffle cones. Choose from a multitude of mix-in ingredients to form each frozen Frankenstein, reigniting taste buds with a customized coterie of goodies, including blueberries, almonds, toffee, Kahlua syrup, brownie bites, or newly discovered planets of chocolate-chip-cookie dough. Three ingredients of choice hobnob with the adult-size yogurt or ice cream in vanilla or chocolate varieties, creating a team that will roundhouse-kick hunger in its face.
At Big Burrito on the Square, tacos and burritos come customized to each mouth's specifications. On a flour-tortilla base, beef or chicken hoist a savory scoop of rice and beans before gaining support from authentic south-of-the-border toppings: cheese, cilantro, sour cream, and guacamole. The Mexican fare pairs ably with hot soup and cold Jarritos sodas, which add a sweet element to meals so that customers don't carve silverware out of lollypops. All of this takes place within a vibrant red, purple, and yellow dining room filled with mosaic tables and photographic homages to Volkswagen vehicles.
For Crooked Tree Cafe's chef and owner Jeff Haeger, all culinary roads lead back to Georgia. He's made it a personal mission to travel the globe and try the most unique restaurants he can find?and then bring them back to his kitchen stocked with Southern staples. The result is soul food with a twist. Expect creations such as sesame-encrusted catfish, Southern-style poutine that responds to both French- and English-speaking taste buds, and a smoked-duck sloppy joe. In fact, the smoker might be Haeger's favorite piece of equipment. He also turns it on brisket, pork, house-brined turkey, and pulled chicken.
For breakfast, there are scrambles, eggy sandwiches, and biscuits smothered in house-made sausage gravy. But it's not all sheer decadence at Crooked Tree: the veggies are important, too, and they come from local suppliers such as Rome's Tucker Farms.