Named after an island in Nigeria, Lagos Island Cafe captures the flavors of West Africa in dishes that range from the familiar to the exotic. Beneath an arched ceiling painted with depictions of lush foliage and pastel clouds, guests sample a smorgasbord of fried plantains, fresh tilapia, and sausage-encased scotch eggs. The restaurant’s chef calls upon more than 30 years of experience to create Nigerian dishes such as nkwobi—a delicacy made from diced cow feet—and draw phonetic transcriptions of their names on napkins.
Wingaritas' menu unites Mexican cuisine with classic American pub fare such as burgers, sandwiches, and an eclectic array of wings. Tequila lime and other traditional and inventive flavors, such as mango habanero and raspberry chipotle, cloak wings with more variety than the achievements section on Leonardo da Vinci's resumé ($12.95 for 15 traditional pieces; $14.95 for 15 boneless pieces). Seasoned chicken or shredded beef hides inside flautas' deep-fried corn tortillas ($9.95), and green sauce cascades down enchiladas verdes, which introduce chicken to chihuahua and monterey jack cheeses ($7.85). Like shaking hands with an alien, comprehensive combination platters bring together two worlds, allowing a smattering of wings to make merry with tacos, flautas, or quesadillas ($7.95–$9.95). Diners can grab a partner to divide and conquer the fajitas or take the journey solo, assisted only by an encouraging fork ($9.95–$17.95).
Kim’s Teahouse Tapioca blends and brews a wide variety of flavorful tea infused with tapioca pearls, as well as coffee concoctions, fresh fruit smoothies, and sandwiches. Sip, slurp, gulp, or politely poke at a mélange of drinks from Kim’s extensive menu, from the creamy honeydew tea ($3) to the traditional red bean smoothie with tapioca ($3.50). Diners can sate themselves with a lychee and mixed fruit jelly slurpy ($3.25), or get buzzing with a vietnamese coffee served hot or cold ($2.50). Kim’s also pours a cascade of fresh juices ($2.25+), including passion fruit, mango, and kumquat, perfect for re-hydrating bodies and delivering vitamin boosts for impromptu shirt-ripping flex-offs. Complement quaffables and unfreeze brains with edibles from a café menu of sandwiches, including shredded chicken, meatball, and vegetable (up to $4). Fries and popcorn chicken accompany main courses as the perfect hunger-fighting sidekicks.
Since the first restaurant opened in 2005, each Fish Place has shared an array of Cajun and creole dishes. In fact, the names of the seafood critters they blacken, boil, and grill daily—including catfish, shrimp, and oysters—are splattered across the restaurant's wallpaper. But, when deciding on a meal, it's the hand-painted chalkboard menus one usually turns toward. The picture-filled boards showcase the eatery's lineup of traditional New Orleans-style seafood entrees, which are complemented by sides of jambalaya, gumbo, and especially polite hush puppies. They round out their menu with hearty seafood po’ boys and tacos decorated with jalapeño mayo, cheddar jack cheese, and crema fresca.
Fish Place cooks everything fresh daily and its specialty is crawfish. The New Orleans–inspired eatery preps the crustacean in several classic ways, from cooking up just the tails to brewing an étouffée. Of course, the menu would be remiss to exclude specialties such as shrimp etouffee, crawfish etouffee, seafood jambalaya, stuffed jalapenos, and boudin balls. Other Southern staples include blackened catfish, shrimp jambalaya, and chicken and sausage gumbo. The sides ring authentic as well, complementing entrees with helpings of red beans with rice and hush puppies, so named because their deliciousness causes diners to speak in an awed whisper for several days.
At Alamo Drafthouse Cinema's nostalgically decorated locations, waiters hand-deliver cold drinks and casual fare to patrons reclining in cinema seating while independent, blockbuster, and classic movies parade across the screens. The projection palace sports a full schedule of mainstream cinematic offerings—such as The Adventures of Tintin, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and The Sitter. The absence of pre-feature ads makes for consistently punctual entertainment, much like a series of karaoke songs sung by an alarm clock. Cinephiles can peruse a full calendar of special events, which invite them to quote along with cult favorites, text quips and thoughts directly onto the screen of comically bad films during HeckleVision screenings, or practice aim with complimentary cap guns at action flicks. The theater also hosts interactive sing-along sessions for musical classics such as Grease, where audience members are encouraged to wield plastic combs and candy smokes while busting out alma mater chants, teenage duets, and soulful choir songs about polio vaccines. Patrons can keep throats hydrated with a 32-ounce drink, quenching thirsts with bottled water or Coca-Cola products.