No Name Tortilla Grill's menu lassos in passersby with traditional south-of-the-border fare. Bite into a burly burrito packed with flavorful fillings, such as veggies, steak, ground beef, pulled turkey, or grilled chicken ($6.49–$8.99), or nosh on a leafy salad served in a homemade tortilla bowl and topped with a choice of prime proteins ($6.79–$7.99). Eager eaters can quell hunger with the chicken torta, an 8-inch flatbread pizza with grilled chicken, rice, beans, sauteed veggies, and pico de gallo, covered in melted cheese ($6.79). Strengthen the stomach’s relationship with tortillas by gnawing on a quesadilla ($7.49–$7.99), fajita ($9.49–$9.99), and taco ($3.89), or by partnering up in a three-legged race. Keep lonely meals company with a side of tortilla chips, which arrive with most entrees, and nimbly scoop complimentary homemade salsa or judgmental guacamole ($0.99).
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.
Glasses lift into a treble-laden symphony of toasts and from a distance, many of the elixirs they contain seem nearly the same. Up close, 28 wines by the glass and more than 75 unique varietals by the bottle span a rainbow of hues, from reds deep and earthy enough to appear almost black to white wines barely kissed with a delicate straw color. In The Hidden Vine Wine Bar and Lounge's dedicated room for tastings and classes, guests further hone noses and taste buds to make nearly imperceptible distinctions in flavor and bouquet.
Drawing upon family recipes held close to their hearts, culinarians fill two dining areas with inventive dishes including bruschetta draped in paper-thin soppressata, peach honey, and hanger steak. Beneath diamond-shaped burgundy paintings, forks chatter against plates of fresh pasta and patrons sidle up to the marble bar for a chilly cocktail. A patio begs diners to let the warm sun aid in digestion or in calming outraged bulls delivering pamphlets to the eatery's crimson ceilings.
Chef’s Dog House slings a hearty assortment of bun-dwelling edibles into the hands and mouths of guests frequenting its laid-back, family-friendly space. The in-house condiment bar boasts more than 30 colorful and freshly chopped toppings, many of which pair properly with classic chili cheese dogs ($3.45) or savory Boston dogs—bacon-wrapped hot dogs topped with baked beans and grilled onions ($3.75). Famished feasters can also strive to defeat the Godzilla burger, a double cheeseburger piled high with pepper jack cheese, avocado, frizzled potatoes, and oddly out of sync audio ($6.50). To round out the outing, guest can choose from a variety of soups and salads, and select from a rainbow's share of soft drinks available in bottomless, refillable cups that mysteriously don't leak.