Sushi N Thai, which is open daily, brims with staff ready to adorn tables with steaming dishes of crispy, sauce-slathered thai duck ($17) or other classic Thai or Japanese dishes from its extensive dinner menu. The Beauty and the Beast roll ($10) sets tuna and eel, the star-crossed lovers of the marine world, in an ensemble of scallions, avocado, asparagus, and masago. Drunken noodles ($12) sway eaters into the slippery embrace of mixed vegetables, basil, and rice noodles sautéed with egg, and the kake udon ($10) dunks broccoli and black mushrooms in a hot bath of japanese wheat noodles. Thai curries ($13–$17), like traffic lights in heaven, can be summoned in red, green, or yellow varieties at the customer's whim.
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.
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.