Sanremo Bakery conquers appetites with traditional Italian dishes and pastries. The family-owned business opens at 7 a.m. every day of the week, powering up morning customers with its breakfast pizza composed of eggs, home fries, bacon, and cheddar. Chefs prepare more than 10 other specialty pizzas for lunch and dinner, as well as pasta trays of lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, and ravioli that are large enough to feed 15–25 people or one Italian lumberjack.
The gustatory gurus at The Chicken Joint Grill and Bar compile a menu overflowing with hearty burgers and chicken breaded for wings, sculpted into tenders, and deep-fried for southern platters. Garlic-parmesan, general tso’s, or eight other varieties of sauce await the pub's signature wings ($8.49/dozen), and the cooks surpass even their usual heaping serving sizes Monday–Thursday with all-you-can-eat orders of wings ($13.99). Exposed-brick walls and white pillars look on as patrons lounge on leather couches and salivate over southern fried chicken ($6.49/four pieces), golden-brown chicken chunks ($6.99–$7.99/half portion) and tender, meaty ribs. Meanwhile, a jukebox sings serenades, cues click and tiny football teams scrimmage atop a billiards table, and eight flat-screen televisions flicker overhead, illuminating chicken tenders ($7.99/five pieces) as they dip into honey-mustard sauce. On Friday nights, karaoke challenges guests to see who can swallow a microphone after they’ve finished their wings and tenders.
Across from the train station, Center Station Pub & Grill’s sizzling sandwiches, burgers, and wings call to the hungry stomachs of travelers and locals alike. Berlin’s Biggest Burger weighs down the menu with its melted american cheese, sautéed onions, and two half-pound patties that, when smacked together, have led many a lifeguard to close the pool due to thunder. The cooks also ladle nine different sauces over signature wings, sling chicken-parm grinders, and bedeck homemade tortilla chips in nacho cheese. Under new management since November 2010, the classic pub fare pairs nicely with the 15 microbrews on tap, poured in a restaurant that serves as an exciting gathering place for Berlin residents. Center Station schedules karaoke on Fridays and bands to perform on weekends, filling the gaps in live entertainment with an in-house pool table, video games, and dartboards.
At Mae Kong Thai—a restaurant named after the river that separates Thailand and Laos, they serve up the foods of their homeland. Mouthwatering aromas drift from Mae Kong Thai's kitchen, emerging from pans of duck stir-fry with Thai herbs and spices and coconut-milk curries flavored with lemongrass and sweet basil. Diners at the BYOB restaurant might also opt for a plate of pad thai or simmering pho, pairing the meal with a glass of thai iced tea with freshly squeezed lime. Dishes can be made with seafood, such as red snapper, or their choice of meat, and they also feature a variety of vegetarian dishes with colorful, fresh vegetables.
Caribbean Corner Cafe's menu is eclectic, to say the least. Sure, there are all the American staples, such as a three-egg omelet with home fries and a deli-style sandwich loaded with Italian cold cuts. But these comforting classics must vie for diners' attention with a few more exotic offerings, such as sancocho soup studded with Caribbean vegetables and meats or mofongo, a garlicky concoction of mashed and fried plantains and pork cracklings. Either way guests' palates guide them, they're sure to leave feeling as warm and full as the dryer on your once-annual laundry day.