At The Firkin & Fox, guests choose their provender from a menu of British and American pub fare, as well as 17 draught beers, under a host of sports-casting televisions. Patrons ordering the Cottage pie ($10.99) immerse their senses in a pillow of mashed potatoes, ground beef, and seasonal veggies while the wait staff discreetly erects a cottage around them. Crispy fish 'n' chips ($9.99–$12.99) come with creamy tartar sauce, the top choice sirloin ($15.99) beats lesser sirloins to the mushroom gravy, and bangers, beans, and mash ($11.99) reprise their smash 1970 folk rock album. Patrons can delight in the Jameson-glazed salmon ($16.99) while glazing their own tongues with a Blue Moon from the tap or wine from an extensive list.
In the fresh breeze of the outdoor patio, guests savor Harvest Moon Restaurant’s full breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes, which draw inspiration from the sea’s multitude of flavors, mixed with classic Southern influences. The restaurant’s bright, cheery walls create an energizing atmosphere for meals, inspiring guests to seize the day or the potted plant that’s taking up the last patio table.
The skilled sandwich makers at Piccadilly Deli forge customer-created sandwiches with a menu of amply stacked ingredients such as tender roast beef and chicken salad. Patrons can partner up to ascend a regal mountain of egg or tuna salad or mine for smoked ham or turkey under strata of crisp lettuce and a choice of cheese. Mortadella, dry salami, and danish ham all loaf in between a choice of bready borders, including wheat rolls, multigrain, or sourdough bread. After polishing off handheld morsels, tables of two can divine the future by reading the fizzy remnants of two medium sodas.
Skewers loaded with chopped veggies, meats, and shrimp sizzle atop oversize grills in the bustling kitchen at Magic Skewers Restaurant. Waiters ferry speared eats through the wood-paneled dining room to hungry diners waiting in high-backed booths, or wrap up to-go orders for patrons to munch or javelin-toss through their car windows on their way home.
Despite its expansive menu, Papachino’s is known particularly for one item—gyros. Fresh pita bread blankets the succulent combination of beef and lamb meat, but it’s the dollops of fresh tzatziki sauce, made from yogurt cultured in-house, that seal the deal. Other menu favorites span the Mediterranean, from Italian pastas to Greek moussaka. While munching on steak pita sandwiches or braiding strands of pasta marinara, customers can enjoy the eatery’s eclectic art collection, including a large painted mural of a Greek village as well as individual works by local artists. Every weekend, a live musician stops by and croons customers out of their seats and onto a makeshift dance floor with acoustic covers of hit songs.
At Vito's Ristorante, guests must fight the urge to walk into the walls. The restaurant’s gorgeous murals depict the alluring Italian countryside, serving eyes a visual feast of verdant fields, glassy waters, and marshmallow clouds. The aroma of chicken parmigiana and housemade marina sauce serenades olfactory senses from the kitchen, where chefs use time-honored culinary traditions to conjure up the Old-World flavors found in the veal marsala and linguine fra diavolo—spicy marinara over pasta, shrimp, and mussels. A new type of ravioli graces the menu every week, and past daily specials have included lamb chops with polenta and swordfish dressed in mango salsa and a musketeer hat. For a more urban, downtown vibe, Vito Ristorante’s V-Lounge hosts special events where guests can get their fill of libations and entertainment.
Boasting a bevy of gooey pizza-pie options, Extreme Pizza has garnered a boatload of praise for its ability to fuse toppings without welding or undertaking genetic experiments. Frisbee-toss an indee-sized cheese disc into your well-watered mouth, such as the Paia pie, with pineapple, oranges, and Canadian bacon ($7.45+). Or try the Yard Sale, which includes sausage, pepperoni, salami, mushrooms, black olives, green peppers, red onions, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and mozzarella ($7.45+). Groups of 6 to 10 people, meanwhile, can prepare palates for the onslaught of hearty slices by prefacing them with a massive family-style salad, such as the caesar ($20.99). Others can stimulate taste buds without licking a defibrillator with a dozen X-Factors wings ($4.75 for six, $7.95 for 12).