At El Mezcal, nachos are so much more than chips covered in cheese. There are 10 types of nachos, from beef- and bean-smothered ones to ones sporting zesty grilled shrimp. The large selection is indicative of the menu as a whole, which compiles several kinds of enchiladas, quesadillas, burritos, and tacos. Thankfully, 20 different combination platters allow diners to sample across these categories. There are also signature dishes, such as the El Mezcal Special: grilled rib-eye steak and shrimp mixed with veggies, served with rice, beans, and tortillas. At the bar, servers mix margaritas and pour homemade sangria, in addition to opening bottles of imported beers.
Brother-sister duo Kam and Ling Ngai have successfully combined classic and contemporary Asian flavors at their restaurant Ichiban Hibachi & Sushi, all while showcasing a creative flair. That means there's much more to the menu than tempura and teriyaki. Plates arrive at the tables looking like edible works of art, displaying generous portions of colorful sushi rolls, steamed dumplings, and fresh crab salads, and more. Specialty cocktails such as the Ichiban Zombie (light and spiced rums, Grand Marnier, plus orange and pineapple juices with grenadine) add extra flavor to meals.
Honing in on the diverse flavors and epicurean culture of Asia, Pan Asia’s menu spans the culinary gamut, offering Thai, Japanese, and Southeast Asian specialties. Chefs artfully sear tuna steak, fashion maki rolls with fresh fish, and braise tender lamb in a green curry sauce. Dessert also bears the hallmarks of Asian influence, as diners dig into thai lime tarts, banana spring rolls, and coconut-flavored crème brûlée. These colorfully plated dishes pop against the surface of Pan Asia’s dark wood tables, which sit below high ceilings and adjacent to the full-service Gong Bar. Outside, patio seating supplies diners with fresh air and views of the sun’s ticklish underbelly.
Mr. Yi Express dishes up Chinese-food favorites in a convenient fast-casual environment. Cooks fry egg rolls that crunch when they're bitten into or used as drumsticks, and they pile plates with spicy orange chicken or shrimp fu yung. There are also vegetarian options, including gourmet veggie or tofu stir-fries.
China Cafe welcomes folks with a traditional menu of freshly prepared, flavorful Chinese food. Folks hunker down in front of classic dishes such as orange chicken, Szechuan-style shrimp, and pepper steak. For customers who need a little extra inspiration, China Cafe displays a photographic menu that glows over a shining counter, challenging guests to order by winking in the direction of their desired dish. Hanging lights cast a cozy glow over the dining room, creating a pleasant atmosphere.
From an English-style cottage nestled in the Jackson Street Historic District, The Parker House offers a savory haven for home-style eaters with a menu of aged steaks and simple Southern comfort food. Lavish starters tempt eager stomachs with rich mouthfuls of duck quesadilla, served with gouda, roasted corn salsa, and spiced sour cream ($9), or grit fries, crusted in herbs and bread crumbs topped with a smoky honey-chipotle aioli ($8). The Catfish Katherine astounds palates with a fresh Mississippi catfish blanketed with a sizzling sauté of crab, mushrooms, and green onions alongside edible islands of mashed potatoes and turnip greens ($24). With only certified Hereford and USDA prime beef, rehabilitated werebears can stymie carnivorous pangs with a marbled ribeye ($32) or an aged six-ounce tenderloin fillet ($25).