Variety isn't just the spice of life?it's also a necessary step to healthier eating. At least, that's what the professional chefs and health experts at Physique Cuisine believe. The menus for their meal plans change every week, and are completely customized according to factors such as the recipient's body weight, body fat percentage, health goals, and preferred yogurt texture. Plans may be geared toward taking in extra protein or shedding extra pounds, or just encouraging a healthier lifestyle. Whatever the menu, though, dishes highlight fresh, organic produce prepared in olive oil and with a few international flavors. Chefs also eschew unhealthful ingredients such as white flour and processed sugar, which helps keep each dish below 500 calories.
Cake Creations owner and master pastry chef Yami Fernandez-Rubio whips up made-to-order cupcakes in a variety of gourmet flavors from the confines of her family-owned-and-operated bakery. Choose up to two of the different flavor combinations to make up your dozen, including best sellers such as red velvet with cream-cheese frosting, as rich and smooth as a pile of gold in a silk smoking jacket, or guava cake with guava cream-cheese frosting. Traditionalists will enjoy six vanilla-bean cakes with sweet vanilla buttercream paired with six chocolate cakes topped with bitter chocolate frosting, both of whose incompatible personalities make them no less delicious. Take advantage of the seasonally available pumpkin-spice cupcake with cream-cheese frosting, which will return to live in hibernation with the Great Pumpkin once the first frost settles on the land.
To help ensure freshness and flavor, the chicken at Chick n Chop is never frozen. Each carefully selected cut is coated with the kitchen's signature blend of seasonings and sauces before making its way into Mediterranean-style dishes such as stuffed pitas, grilled chicken salads, and chicken piccata.
The restaurant is known for its grill-n-chops, succulent chunks of white-meat chicken tossed with accompaniments such as Greek olives, peperoncini, and feta. Top them off with a variety of inventive sauces, ranging from spicy curry mustard to robust Mediterranean garlic. Non-poultry offerings include eggplant parmigiana, creole-style beef picadillo, and tilapia with artichoke hearts. Catering services are also available.
Beneath the colorful toques on their heads, hibachi chefs flip and sauté meat and vegetables on their tabletop grills, smiling as they conjure the occasional bursts of flame during lively cooking routines. That’s just one scene at SooWoo Japanese Steakhouse—across the restaurant, sushi chefs slice ribbons of fish and vegetables and roll them into California and spicy tuna rolls. Basketball fans can celebrate the city’s 2012 NBA championship with the specialty Miami Heat roll, which includes slices of shrimp tempura, crab, and cream cheese. SooWoo also whips up Korean dishes, such as bulgogi and pork belly.
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 with the football game glowing on the 20-plus HD flat screens, you can't help but glance over when a dish emerges from the kitchen at Nicky's Restaurant Sports Bar. The sizzling seafood and juicy steaks give off an enticing aroma that can be a challenge to ignore. Chef Julio Renderos masterminds the full menu, folding fresh ingredients into the seafood specialties and favorites such as fiery wings, ribs, burgers, and tender lobster tails. Meanwhile, friendly bartenders take charge of the lengthy wooden bar, doling out frosty pints of draft beer and premium mixed drinks. Nicky's also offers free WiFi as well as buzztime trivia and Texas hold 'em nights.