Samba's menu spans continents, uniting dishes toasted over the leaping flames of a Brazilian grill with those cooked in the heated clay interior of a tandoor oven. Samba's signature rodizio dinners deliver skewered meats to tables, where they are carved by servers directly onto diners' plates. Picanha, a cut of beef, is a popular choice. For those who would rather not indulge in the all-you-can-eat option, the picanha burger?covered in mozzarella, grilled mushrooms, and peppers?offers a taste of the Brazilian beef.
Indian offerings include seven types of naan bread, chicken tikka masala, and biryani rice entrees. Samba serves Mediterranean as well, from hummus appetizers to shish kebab lunches and pizzas dotted with feta cheese.
Though the food comes from various regions, the venue positions diners under the same sky?or at least a ceiling charmingly painted to mimic the clouds. Samba also celebrates birthdays with exceptional fanfare: drums, tambourines, and song, instead of the traditional treat of fine-dining establishments, a lobster clutching candles in its claws. This excitement also extends to the upcoming 2014 World Cup beginning in June, during which the restaurant will air the contests with a family-friendly atmosphere.
When owners Vanessa and Ron Wilkerson were opening Samba Rock Acai Café, they encountered many roadblocks along the way. For instance, the city assessed there would be a $30,000 traffic-impact fee for their restaurant. So the duo improvised. They built an indoor bike parking area, reducing the fee while still providing customers a place to park their wheels. This is just one example in which Ron has defied what some might see as a career-ending set-back. In 1988, the former professional BMX Freestyle rider fell into a coma after failing to land a no-hander, no-footer trick on his bike. Though some might have given up after a life-threatening experience like that—he suffered short-term memory loss and even forgot some of the BMX tricks that he had pioneered—Ron got back on his bike. And if he hadn’t, he would never have traveled to Sao Paolo, Brazil, met Vanessa, married her, or opened Samba Rock Acai Café.
The menu at Samba Rock Acai Café pays homage to the country where the Wilkersons met and where Vanessa grew up. Blended Brazilian berries and mix-ins, such as bananas and peanut butter, make up the base for their acai bowls. They crown this base with toppings such as fresh fruit, avocado, coconut cream, and granola. Their smoothies also feature acai, as well as organic ingredients, which have never been tainted by spray tanners to look more appealing to customers. To round out their South American-inspired menu, they serve yerba mate—steeped leaves of the mate plant—with acai to sweeten each sip.
Saunter into Velvet's world of flavors to savor breakfast, lunch, or dinner in a relaxed, informal dining environment. The venue's menu is made of much-loved entrees such as chicken-fried steak ($10.99), specialty sandwiches that include tuna melts ($8.99) and vegetarian croissants ($9.99), and a complete breakfast club of omelettes, pancakes, waffles, and oatmeal (view the three-part morning menu here, here, and here). In accordance with its name, the creamery is also responsible for a delicious caboodle of premium ice creams and sorbets, which are called into existence right before your eyes. Try a dollop of roasted butternut squash, or busy your licker with the restaurant's cult classic, a triple Belgian chocolate flavor infused with D'Art port wine.
Diners will find Sizzler restaurants located all across the US, and even in Puerto Rico! The first one was opened by Del and Helen Johnson in 1958 in Culver City, California. They serve USDA choice steaks, soups, salads and desserts all made from scratch. Sizzler is widely known as a family casual place where diners wait in a cafeteria-like line to order (but worry not, the waits at Sizzler are never long). Their menu includes sirloin, rib-eye and New York strip steak, along with ribs, chicken, and seafood. They also serve burgers and sandwiches, and diners are sure to enjoy the endless salad bar. Sizzler offers a specially discounted menu for those over the age of 60. Though the hours vary by location, most Sizzlers offer lunch specials each day. The Modesto, CA restaurant is located at 3416 Dale Road.
Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse doesn’t just incorporate the words “Famous Steakhouse” into its name for show: their institution is a tribute to legendary frontiersman Tahoe Joe, for whom lake Tahoe is named. Stepping into Tahoe Joe’s the first thing you notice is the warm, welcoming atmosphere- the pine beam logs spanning the walls, the century-old photos and sketches of the great American wilderness, and the rich and inviting glow of the enormous fireplace within. Joe’s is the perfect place to unwind from the nuances of living in today’s break-neck-paced technological world. The food at Joe’s complements this atmosphere perfectly: prime-cut, corn-fed USDA beef cut into thick, generously sized steaks that are left to cook over a crackling wood fire.
Are you in the mood for ribs, steak or margaritas? Texas Roadhouse has it covered. Creating perfectly seasoned food in a generous portion, guests feel right at home with these made-from-scratch recipes. Enjoy chicken and fish, ribs and steak; they’re all here at Texas Roadhouse. The Blossom is their signature onion appetizer, fried and served with a delicious Cajun horseradish sauce. Guests won’t get bitten when they try the Rattlesnake Bites, rounds of diced jalapenos and jack cheese for a spicy kick. From time to time, guests will be privy to restaurant entertainment in the form of line dancers and jukebox music. Bring a group or just the family, and stay as long as you like! Get a taste of Texan flavor today at Texas Roadhouse.