Tali's Crab Shack's specialty may be the garlic blue crab?mounds of succulent meat draped in a buttery sauce?but their freshly steamed seafood options inspire tidal waves of flavor. Sea-feasts include clusters of golden crab as well combinations of Dungeness, Russian king, and snow varieties, all cooked in a variety of preparations. In addition to crab, this counter-service eatery serves up conch fritters, oyster shooters, and plenty of fried fish. The sides are diverse, ranging from garlic parsley potatoes and hardboiled eggs to corn and hush puppies?which really are much quieter than real puppies. Guests can also pair sea-inspired meals with cool Bahamian drink.
Read Ornella's menu inattentively, and you'd be forgiven for thinking it's a steak house. The culinary team does, after all, grill filet mignon, skirt steak, lamb chops, and salmon to perfection. However, the eatery is thoroughly Italian, with a vast array of pasta dishes to prove it. Take the gnocchi, drizzled in a choice of nine sauces ranging from classic marinara to puttanesca to aglio e olio, Italian for garlic and oil, the kryptonite of slip-prone vampires. For a more complex flavor bouquet, there's also the house Pasta Ornella's, tossed with calamari, scallops, shrimp, and saut?ed mushrooms in an oil, wine, and garlic sauce.
Getting the dough right is one of the hardest parts of making a pizza. That's why they make it in house every morning at The Original Big Tomato, yielding a crust that's crisp on the bottom but still fluffy around the edges. Since a base like that deserves fine toppings, the crew also chops veggies fresh every day. They might crown pies with sun-dried tomatoes, fresh lettuce, basil, corn, and spinach. There's also a wide selection of cheeses, including gouda, gorgonzola, parmesan, and goat cheese. Alongside pizzas on the menu, there's also the range of salads, paninis, and wraps that one might see at an Italian cafe.
The burnt-orange walls of Parrillada el Gaucho echo the welcoming heat of the grills in the kitchen. There, steaks acquire charred stripes before they reach diners in several cuts, from rib eye to T-bone. Uruguayan-style parrillada meals layer impressive amounts of meats and garnishes on pans, often piling enough skewers of shrimp and crisp sausages for two. This traditional South American style of cooking typifies the warm, convivial venue, whose dining room is decorated with horseshoes and ranching artifacts. Though steaks remain its most popular offering, the menu also boasts entrees such as chicken parmesan and custom-mixed pastas, with housemade flan to bring meals to an authentically sweet conclusion. Party packages, late hours, and Friday-night musical performances conspire with tender bites, luring festive groups to tables without coaxing trails of confetti.
The more than 100 dishes on Yummy Asian Grill’s menu span the culinary traditions of China, Japan, and Thailand. The menu's sections are broken up by protein, ranging from general tso chicken and cashew beef to thai green-curry shrimp and mu shu pork. On the sushi front, the signature Diana roll combines spicy tuna, cucumber, cream cheese, spicy mayo, and tempura flakes in a cylinder of rice packed tighter than a sleeping bag rolled by a Boy Scout who's just had his first cup of coffee. Sushi chefs also whip up the fried-bagel roll, stuffed with salmon, cream cheese, and scallions in a sheet of seaweed, then deep-fry the ensemble for a crispy shell.
Even when a pizza is covered in vegetables, it's difficult to create a healthy dish, but EJ Martinez is out to change that. Working with a nutritionist, he designed Power Pizzeria's menu to put a healthy twist on an old favorite. As each pizza is carefully crafted, the process begins by infusing the dough with whey protein. The mozzarella used is part-skim, and healthy toppings such as crisp veggies and turkey meatballs offer healthy alternatives to this year's trend of sausage crusts. In addition to a menu of health-conscious pizzas, Power Pizzeria also dishes out fresh salads, wraps, and multi-grain pasta dishes.