From the bustling streets of Times Square to the equally vivacious streets of Hong Kong, people walk around with smiles after enjoying the japanese barbecue cuisine at Gyu-Kaku. The restaurant has more than 700 locations worldwide, each rooted in the belief that some of the strongest bonds between friends are forged at the dinner table. Groups dine on a huge variety of Japanese dishes, from popular meat and veggie dishes such as Harami Skirt Steak, Kalbi Short Rib, and Mushroom Medley - to unique Japanese-American appetizers such as the Spicy Tuna Volcano, Pork Gyoza Dumplings, and Chicken Karaage. The real excitement takes place around individual grills, however, where diners can barbecue their own slabs of filet mignon, grilled ahi tuna, or chicken with basil sauce until they are ideally tender or encircled by on-duty firemen.
Tenyaku's menu abounds in yakiniku and shabu-shabu, two closely intertwined styles of traditional Japanese cooking. Yakiniku is a shared social meal, ordered one or two bites at a time, so that tantalized tongues can sample a smorgasbord of savory fare, including teriyaki chicken ($5.95), premium Kobe beef short ribs ($19.50), grilled pork belly ($5.95), and Korean-style octopus ($6.50). Shabu-shabu, or Japanese hot pot, also treats groups of gourmands to a cornucopia of thinly sliced meats, veggies, and supplemental dipping sauces. Where yakiniku metes out customer-selected bites, shabu-shabu unleashes a colossal cavalcade of the chef’s choosing, complete with a tabletop pot to cook it in. At Tenyaku, shabu-shabu comes in three varieties: beef ($19.95), seafood ($24.95), and beef and seafood ($23.95), but any order should contain enough variety to placate the persnickety and to ensure the meal’s genetic line adapts to evolutionary changes. Diners can also select one of Tenyaku's many Korean options, such as the fiery pork kimchi ($9.50) or the traditional Korean bulgogi, with sweetly savory marinated beef ($14.95).
Hiroshi's is a Yakiniku restaurant that serves the highest quality meat you can get on the island. All of our meat is shipped by plane and is never frozen. Hiroshi's only likes to serve the best products so that our customers will have the best experience possible. Our service is also something we are very proud of.
Launched in Florida in the early 1970s, Tony Roma's has since established itself as a cross-country franchise with a knack for cooking up a mean slab of ribs and serving an extensive menu of chicken, seafood, salads, and burgers. The original rack of pork baby backs ($16.99–$23.99) smothers itself in the restaurant's signature sauce, the Hawaiian Coconut Shrimp ($19.99) comes hand-breaded and paired with a culinary bathtub of orange marmalade, and the Ultimate Combo ($28.99) delivers a culinary gift basket of a half-slab of St. Louis ribs, a skewer of grilled shrimp, and a quarter barbecued chicken. Beef buds can savor the flavors of the whiskey-barrel steak, a thick New York strip streak grilled and topped with a Maker's Mark–based sauce ($31.99), served with a choice of side or poem written by Alan Alda. If a hunk of bone-in meat isn't enough to appease the appetite, supplement dinner with Roma's triple-play sampler ($12.99), which includes red-hot buffalo wings, mozzarella sticks, and potato skins, served up with a trio of sauces for dipping.
Oft spotted bearing a contagious grin, Ert staffs his restaurant with like-minded folks who prepare hearty, diner-style dishes “cooked and served with love.” Chefs build breakfast plates atop a sturdy foundation of rice and eggs, incorporating the customer's pick of savory, often unexpected meats, such as hotdogs or Spam. The house specialty, a house-made hamburger-steak plate, causes customers to line up at the window of Ert’s mobile food truck and mail lovelorn letters to the restaurant's unassuming storefront.
A little corner of Mississippi stands in southeast Inglewood. An unassuming space on Crenshaw hosts M&M Soul Food, which recreates a huge menu of southern favorites from 8 a.m. through dinnertime seven days a week. Chefs load up plates with meatloaf, smothered pork chops, barbecue ribs, and fried seafood, among other soul-food staples. Then, of course, there are the sides—three of them per dinner plate, not counting the plump corn muffins. The menu also incorporates many dishes that can be hard to find outside a southern grandma's kitchen, such as liver and onions, chitterlings, ox tail, turkey wings, and oyster loaf. Cakes, cobblers, banana pudding, and potato pie obliterate the danger that someone might accidentally walk out with a little belly space left empty. In addition to standard combinations of grits, pancakes, and omelettes, breakfast hours hold out less-common dishes such as eggs with catfish or smoked beef links.