The DeMiglio family has been in the business of bringing people together for more than three decades. Their restaurant, Jersey Boys Grill, echoes with shared laughter and friendly conversation as visitors gather around a large projector screen to watch sports, test their pop-culture knowledge with games of trivia, and assign nicknames to every brick in the eatery's rustic interior. Even the menu is made for sharing, with classic pub appetizers and wood-oven pizzas, including the signature pie topped with mozzarella, bacon, roasted peppers, and ranch dressing. The bar carries more than 15 craft beers in bottles or on tap; local favorites include Flying Fish Hopfish IPA and Brooklyn Lager.
Fast Eddie’s Billiards Cafe takes playing pool and drinking beer to the next level. Sure, the standard domestics are available, but besides the expected lagers and neon signs, Fast Eddie’s boasts an impressive menu of craft brews. More than 50 choices include Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Allagash White, and Smuttynose Robust porter. Imported beer, wine, and premium liquor are also available to add entertainment to billiards tournaments.
Efes Restaurant reveals its uniqueness in layers. Hidden behind the unassuming facade of a strip mall, the interior boasts a much more substantial amount of character. Into this richly appointed room, waiters cart salads, babaganoush, and kebabs with chunks of chicken and lamb still sizzling from the grill. What fixtures define the elegance of this dining area? Gold-upholstered chairs line the pristinely white linen-clad tables, surrounding a dropped floor in the middle of the dining room. A strip of lighting under the step down illuminates an inlay of black and white marble tiles arranged to excite the eye with their geometric patterns and challenge the mind to remember what a hypotenuse is.
You wont find any freezers at Mad for Chicken. The chefs shun frozen ingredients, prizing instead fresh, made-to-order meals that highlight organic chicken with no artificial fillers, preservatives, or hauntings. They fry the tender morsels twice in soybean oil and then brush them with a soy-based garlic sauce. This careful preparation extends to the rest of menu’s offerings, as the staff tosses french fries in parmesan and oregano and enhances dishes with more than a half-dozen homemade sauces.
Quiznos' toastmasters fix a fleet of submarine sandwiches using butcher-quality meats, fresh toppings, and an array of artisan breads, which they artfully assemble as you watch. Signature subs (up to a $6.49 value, though prices may vary by location) come straight from Chef Zach Calkins's gourmet cookbook. The protein-packed prime rib & peppercorn swims with sautéed onions and mozzarella, and each Baja chicken sandwich—like a bouquet of roses set on fire—fuses the sweet and the smoky. The turkey ranch & swiss arrives piled high with lettuce, tomatoes, and red onions, and a convivial quartet of cured meats bathes in red-wine vinaigrette upon the classic italian sub. Feel free to trap condiments between nine-grain wheat, rosemary parmesan, italian herb, or italian white breads, or avoid the bun concept entirely by either ordering one of five chopped salads, such as the classic cobb, or ordering your secretary to send bread's calls straight to voicemail.
"Just like home," reads the motto at El Tipico Sabor. Even if patrons don't hail from Latin America—where the menu's culinary influences come from—they're sure to think of their own homes when the meals' freshness and homemade style hits their palates. Dishes prepared with care at the BYOB restaurant include grilled skirt steak, mashed plantains heaped with chicken or pork, and empanadas.