Local meats, fresh veggies, and imported spices enhance the traditional Thai and Japanese food at Surin of Thailand. Chefs manipulate yellow, red, and green curry dishes with splashes of coconut milk, citrus juice, or peanuts, and they marinate select meats overnight before slow-roasting them until they’re tender enough to fall apart when looked at. To ensure a sushi menu that’s just as authentic as the Thai dishes, many of the restaurant’s chefs train in Japan under the tutelage of sushi masters. The result is a menu of more than 20 varieties of sushi and nigiri, many of which feature pan-Asian flourishes such as plum sauce and drizzles of panang curry.
Crestline puts its bagels on a pedestal, making them with high-protein, enriched wheat flour and heaping the hoops with only the finest Boar’s Head meats, all-natural cheeses, and handmade schmears. Swing by to consult the breakfast and lunch menus, which feature more than 16 enticing bagel flavors, 10 handcrafted cream cheeses, sandwiches, wraps, salads, and freshly baked sweets. Pique an early-morning appetite with a creative circle such as cinnamon raisin, jalapeno, or sun-dried tomato ($0.89 each), or try a hearty ham and cheese croissant ($4.79) to bridge the gap between sunrise and croissant moontime. For a full-fledged lunch, wrap your fork around a chef salad ($6.95) with turkey, Black Forest ham, Vermont cheddar, red onion, tomatoes, cucumbers, and croutons.
MaFIAoZA's is modeled on the vibe of a 1920s New York pizzeria and neighborhood pub, and pays homage to the robust simplicity of Italian cooking by crafting fresh, seasonal dishes for lunch and dinner. Uncage creativity and build your own pie ($2.75 per slice, $9.75 for a 12", $13.75 for an 18"), or try a specialty pizza such as the Last Request ($19 for a 12", $26 for an $18"), a colorful medley of black olives, pepperoni, salami, italian sausage, portobello mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, crumpled confession letters, and more. The Consigliere ($12) is a hearty helping of meat lasagna sure to quench a rumbling appetite, and the caprese salad ($7 for small, $11 for regular) lightens the load with homemade mozzarella, tomatoes, and a chiffonnade of basil drizzled in a balsamic reduction. The welcoming eatery also often features live music to placate ears that grow jealous of the stomach’s bliss.
Fire's menu is replete with selections from the pantheon of Southern flavor. Start your meal with fried gulf oysters with french fries and horseradish cream ($13) before spelunking into your stomach cave and inquiring if it would prefer chicken and crawfish ($19) or crab cakes with sautéed corn, peppers, cherry tomatoes, and charred tomato vinaigrette ($18). To soothe your mouth with a soulful classic, opt for the shrimp and grits, grilled to tenderness and loving care and served with green beans and buerre blanc ($20). Dessertophiles will breathe a sigh of deliciousness after eyeing the $8 dessert menu, featuring apple fritters and warm espresso brownies.
The Silvertron Cafe provides a breakfast and lunch menu to match eclectic appetites. To inaugurate the a.m., opt for the Silvertron omelette, an eggy bundle of cheese, peppers, and onions served with either sausage or bacon plus grits and toast ($5.50). Silvertron's Cafe’s dinner and lunch choices (Tex-Mex and pasta plates) have won the hearts of career cowboys with penchants for parmesan lassos. Slurp creamy and peppery fettuccine all'alfredo ($10.50), or crunch into guacamole-laced steak fajitas ($12.95). The Cajun spiced black and blue burger ($9.50) and the chicken Caesar wrap ($8.95) reflect America's dual tastes for punching slabs of beef and naming chickens after emperors.
The chefs at Daniel George rethink American cuisine with local ingredients and an epicurean sensibility. They leverage produce sourced from local farms to create dishes such as grilled-alabama-tomato salad, which comes with a complement of blue-crab relish and avocado crema, and they take Gulf Coast seafood to delectable heights with an oyster duo using Apalachicola oysters. Daniel George also serves pappardelle bolognese, filet of beef, and an array of other entrees, all of which can be paired with a selection from a wine list with more than three dozen labels. The gustatory experience plays out in Daniel George's elegant dining room, where nearly floor-to-ceiling paintings of wildflowers can help convince diners their dads have shrunk them again.