The scrape of knives being sharpened, flames shooting from the teppanyaki grill?these are but two signs that another meal has begun at Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse. Here, chefs toss teriyaki salmon filets and 22-ounce rib eye steaks with housemade sauces and seasonings, all before diners' eyes. The feasts come complete with Japanese onion soup, salad, shrimp, and grilled veggies.
While hibachi chefs man their grills, sushi chefs artfully assemble 20 specialty and deep-fried rolls. The latter category features a roll named for the restaurant itself?the Hibachi?jam-packed with filet mignon and cream cheese. Raw specialties, meanwhile, include the Halloween roll, a mixture of spicy and white tuna topped with black tobiko, a tastier alternative to melted-down candy corn. Complemented by more than 10 cocktails, feasts unfold inside Hibachi's five eateries in Independence, Fairview Park, Mentor, Highland Heights, and Erie.
The Original Roadhouse?s chefs use a wood-burning fire to cook the many steaks, chicken, ribs, and wings served each day. Meats are paired with a choice of sides, tucked between slices of bread, or placed in a bed of lettuce and toppings. Two nights a week, the chefs whip up hordes of wings in more than 40 flavors, including mild ranch, Cajun garlic, and hot barbecue. Friday fish nights welcome guests to eat as much deep-fried fish as can fit into their belly and second papier-m?ch? belly.
Restaurateurs Nick and Giovanna Kustala split the duties of designing the menu at Vault Steak House, with Nick crafting the cuisine and Giovanna cultivating a list of wines to pair with the food. The main attraction is the 28-day dry-aged steaks, ranging from cuts of chateaubriand to 28-ounce delmonico steaks and 24-ounce porterhouses. Diners can add sauces and toppings to steaks as well, including blue cheese, béarnaise, and gorgonzola fondue. Elsewhere on the menu, the eatery's versatility is reflected in dishes such as white truffle and portobello ravioli and farm-raised, crab-crusted snapper with spicy mayo.
Knife tricks and bursts of flame enliven hibachi meals at Fuji Japanese Steakhouse, where chefs clad in bright red hats juggle steak and seafood over tableside grills. A sushi bar supplies an extensive list of flameless fare, and tempura and teriyaki dishes arrive at tables awash in their signature sauces. Groups of up to eight can withdraw to private dining chambers to practice human pyramids atop soft tatami mats.
Saga Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi Bar's chefs appease appetites with freshly rolled maki as well as classical Japanese entrees that come to life on tableside hibachi grills. After scouring the oceans in a conjoined diving suit, chefs utilize their fresh seafood to transform sticky rice into such visions as the rainbow roll, filled with spicy crabmeat and crowned with a spectrum of tuna, salmon, yellowtail, and tobiko. Sushi disappears from plates inside the dimly lit dining room, where exposed-stone sections of wall flank bamboo plants brightened with little spotlights.
Patrons seeking dinner and a show can order something off of the hibachi menu, then gather around black-granite-topped counters inside a room with rich wooden accents. Before each hungry audience, chefs sear salmon, chicken and scallops, or lobster and filet mignon before accessorizing meals with two pieces of shrimp, soup, salad, vegetables, rice, and noodles.
At Austin's Wood Fire Grill, hand-carved hunks of filet mignon and swordfish sizzle over wood-fueled flames, soaking up a smoky aroma. The restaurant’s refusal to use gas or the pages of paperback romance novels reflects a commitment to traditional, down-home cooking. This commitment also surfaces in their made-from-scratch breads, pan gravy sauce, and cognac cream sauce.