For more than two decades, Pit Boss Bar-B-Q has been quelling ravenous appetites with sweet barbecue bites and taste bud-tickling barbecue sauce in a casual dining atmosphere. Treat noses to the sweet aroma of oak-wood seared meats, which swirl around feasters as they enjoy meals from the poker themed menu. Please palates with comforting dishes such as the platter of pork or beef topped with Pit Boss Bar-B-Q sauce and served amongst grilled texas toast and a choice of two side dishes such as fried okra and collard greens ($9.99). Knock out unruly stomach grumbles with the black jack, a spicy sausage blanketed by red onions and green peppers and delicately balanced within a house of hot-wing-shaped cards ($6.49). Raise the stakes of any grub time game by adding a side bet of the baked beans, creamy coleslaw, or red-skin potatoes ($1.49).
Restaurants are in Chef Victor Wang's blood—he comes from a family with multiple generations in the industry. Rather than rest on that heritage, he toured Asia and the Americas for more than 20 years, seeking recipes and lessons from numerous chefs specializing in a variety of cuisines.
These days, the critically acclaimed chef injects American flavors into classic Asian cuisine from countries such as China, Korea, Thailand, and Malaysia. His menu may include Prince Edward Island mussels doused with holly, basil, and ginger; lemongrass-infused chicken soaked in a coconut curry cooked for hours; and seared sirloin marinated in sesame, soy, and garlic. Chef Victor can often be found in the dining room, explaining the complexity of his dishes and why it's too hard to teach broccoli to roll over.
Strings of lights border the green awning spanning Boulevard Beef & Ale's 75-seat outdoor patio. Indoors, neon signs and televisions cast a warm glow on the wood-paneled bar. Chefs extend this notion of comfort and casualness to the menu, dressing hand-shaped burger patties in nothing but housemade whiskey sauce, horseradish cheddar, and sweatpants, as well as enhancing USDA Choice steaks with freshly prepared tomato-and-feta salad.
Sizzling Central American cuisine serenades senses in Estela's family-friendly interior, where customers can surf waves of free WiFi or challenge friends to games of foosball in between their savory bites. Start with a zesty appetizer such as mexican-chicken egg rolls ($6.90) before reeling in an entree such as pan-fried sea bass ranchero ($12.75) or a loaded combination platter ($9.60–$10.20). Homemade flan, fried ice cream, or choco tacos ($4.95–$5.95) can sweeten stomachs while a kaleidoscope of tequila from the restaurant's full bar adds sugar to the sentiments of dining love birds and old pinochle partners. Drool over the entire dinner menu, which also includes children's specials and vegetarian options, on Estela's website.