Tony Soprano's prepares each dish to order, using fresh ingredients and original recipes to fashion a massive array of casual Italian-American and grill fare. Start out with a tray of fries topped with garlic or cheddar-cheese sauce ($3.50) and mild, hot, or barbecue chicken wings ($7.95 for a dozen). Specialty pizzas include the chicken pesto veggie pizza ($18.95 for a 14" medium) and the mighty combination pizza, crowned with a panoply of savory meats as well as onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, and olives ($19.95 for a 16" large). Small cheese pizzas can be delicately folded or crammed into gaping mouthholes ($10.95), while a large calzone with two toppings provides potently portable fare for freestyle walkers and acrobats ($12.95). Tony's also offers salads, pastas, and hamburgers, as well as barbecue on Thursdays and Fridays. Soak up beverages via your mouth hose with an Arizona ice tea ($0.99) or a can ($1) or two-liter ($3.50) of soda. Tony Soprano's is closed Sundays.
Inside White Elephant Restaurant, wood floors and light-beige walls convey a simple elegance befitting of its wide-reaching menu of Thai favorites. To prevent the eatery's tables from levitating, White Elephant's servers anchor them with hefty plates of pan-fried rice noodles with calamari, pad thai, and garlic-lover's tofu with sautéed garlic, black pepper, and thai seasoning. The menu also unfurls a long line of specialty sushi rolls that bundle up delicious sea fruits such as tempura shrimp, spicy crab, and yellowtail.
The windows of the tiny, tucked-away Lucy’s Tamale Factory remain perpetually fogged. Inside, Lucy and her staff of cooks dart from stovetop to stovetop, steaming massive pots of traditional Mexican tamales—fluffy, authentic cornmeal street fare filled with chicken, pork, or jalapeño. The cooks mix masa and shred meats to craft the treats, winners of numerous awards across the U.S., which emulate the tamales Lucy’s family has made for generations in Durango, Mexico. Their hard work has paid off; their classic handheld delights with no preservatives have earned accolades from festivals and fares across the US. Patrons bustle in and out of their shop to order the tamales individually or by the dozen for special events such as large parties or events where people are required to construct their own hats out of cornhusks.
Vegetarian House uses organic, locally grown, genetically unmodified ingredients to create a menu of sustainable sustenance that will prolong, if not completely circumvent the evolution of human flippers. Preface your dinner with an order of quinoa sushi (red quinoa with avocado, mushroom, onion, pickle, carrot, and a creamy sauce wrapped in sushi nori, $9.95), a bowl of Thai curry soup (potato, carrot, soy protein, tofu, and coconut milk, $8.95/small), or a plate of raw fettuccine (celery-root noodles, collard greens, carrot, tomato, beet, cucumber, red pepper, pistachios, and almonds in a creamy almond sauce, $12.95). Sweep your taste buds off their soft-tissue toes with Spicy Cha Cha (yam-flour crescents crumbled and seasoned with spices, red bell peppers, basil, and chili, $12.95), Gurus Curry (exotic blend of curries and spices, soy protein, potato, tomato, and onion, $11.95), or a lunchtime avocado BLT (tempeh seasoned with smoked paprika and mixed spices, topped with avocado, lettuce, and tomato, $10.95). Desserts include a gluten-free organic Meyer lemon curd ($5.95), vegan cheesecake ($4.50), and Italian sorbet ($5.95). Accompany the delish eats with a glass of fresh, organic carrot juice ($4.50), non-alcoholic beer ($3.50), or a refreshing root-beer float (Virgil's root beer and soy ice cream, $4.50).
Vesuvio's Restaurant and Pizzeria first opened its doors in 1956, introducing Americans in the area to the Italian take on pizza pie, crafted in a wood-fired oven. Today, the same family bakes their pizzas in the same oven, pairing them with pasta dishes, veal entrees, and classic grinder sandwiches. They top tables with their dishes in a rustic dining room featuring murals of the Italian countryside, painted by local artist Greg Martin.
Head chef and owner Jose Meza draws from his extensive 35-year career in cookery and restaurant management to dazzle patrons with authentic Mexican stews and cutlets and burritos and tortas stuffed with pintos, fritos, and black beans cooked without lard. The focus on a healthy, conscious lifestyle even extends to the tableware, as all the utensils and dishes are culled from material that's either biodegradable, recyclable, or able to be repurposed for plate-spinning acts. Juicy ribbons of shredded chicken and carnitas or morsels of marinated pork and charbroiled beef stuff tortillas and tacos alongside zesty, aromatic onions, cilantro, and salsa. Flaky fillets of sautéed fish come to life under sprinklings of Jose's secret blend of spices, and crisp leaves of lettuce, creamy guacamole, and savory beans fill crunchy tortilla shells on salad plates.