At Sghetti's Italian Bistro, waiters sweep past tables swathed in paisley cloth to deliver savory portions of home-cooked Italian cuisine to hungrily chirping mouths. Unlimited refills of garlic breadsticks or fresh-baked rustic bread and dipping oil will prep food pouches for main meals from the menu. A Tuscany style, cowboy cut rib-eye steak shares plate space with sautéed mushrooms and fresh-cut fries ($19.95), and the no-bones chicken marsala completes itself with button mushroom slices and angel hair aglio e olio ($12.95). Try the home street pizza, which features roasted peppers, garlic, herbs, spices, and sauce ($10.95), or turn to the list of 10 entrees for under $10, including options such as eggplant parmigiana, cavatelli, and an unlimited pasta bowl.
Costumed in cozy Celtic décor and armed with an ample menu of fried pub fare, Lanigan's inveigles guests to sashay through the door with Irish sights and smells. Classic entrees allow customers to dance lively jigs into a sea of meat and potatoes—sample the shepherd's pie, a flavorful dough package filled with ground beef and vegetables ($10.95), or, sink your teeth into something simpler such as the traditional Irish boxty, which marries mashed potatoes and shredded spuds in a stone-baked ceremony, then stuffs the newlyweds with your choice of chicken, steak, veggies, cheese, or all the fixings for a Reuben sandwich ($8.95).
Elham Restaurant treats diners to the staples of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. Lamb gyros stuff thinly sliced lamb and fresh veggies into pita bread, and falafel sandwiches drip with tahini sauce. The eatery's BYOB policy allows guests to enjoy a beer or treat scrapes with rubbing alcohol without having to wait for service.
The chefs at Tuscany Square Ristorante recreate traditional Tuscan recipes, simmering savory sauces to ladle over a menu of pasta, steak, and seafood. Adept hands construct house-made lasagna, layering soft noodles between strata of bubbling homemade marinara and meat ($12.95). A 10-ounce slab of Choice sirloin ($16.95) ages for 30 days and debuts mature and ready to assume the responsibilities of pleasing a palate, filling a stomach, and refinancing a mortgage.
During the last three decades, Charley’s has shuffled up standard decks of carbs in a fresh, innovative fashion. Though the soul of Charley’s spawns from the beefy abyss of the signature cheesesteak sandwiches ($4.59–$8.99), the entire menu is flavorfully filled to capacity with delicious grilled combinations (prices vary by location). The chicken teriyaki sandwich ($4.89–$9.29) is quaint for a stomach sublet, while the Italian deli deluxe carnivorously conquers with a bed of pepperoni, ham, turkey, provolone, and generous dustings of Italian seasoning ($4.59–$8.99). Diners can load their gastronomic cargo-carriers with a combo meal, complete with Charley's famously crisp fries ($1.79–$1.89 for a regular order), or ascend a mountain of abominably coated fries featuring cheddar, ranch, and bacon