Though Bud's Ale House lives up to its name—its locations boast up to 80 beer taps, more than 16 bottled varieties, and up to 60 televisions—this versatile eatery has something for everyone. As tasty brews pour from taps, including a daily special of $2 Bud and Bud Light drafts, bartenders deftly mix up top-shelf margaritas, colorful martinis, and classic cocktails. These adult libations wash down a hearty menu that spans the entire spectrum of American cuisine: habanero barbecue wings, steamed local clams, and meaty burgers are served up daily alongside gooey quesadillas and German-style bratwurst. Bud's desserts threaten to steal the spotlight, capping feasts with deep-fried Oreos and tangy key lime pie.
Known for its unforgettable Spanish paella, Marbella Restaurant also channels French and Italian influences into its lunch and dinner menus. The paella à la valenciana subdues restless taste buds with a savory blend of lobster, seafood, chicken, rice, and sausage ($29.95, $25.95 without lobster). Herbivoyeurs can opt for the piping hot vegetable paella ($19.50). The lenguado al champan, comprised of fillet of sole and hearty shrimp mingling in a mushroom and champagne sauce, grants diners an undersea experience absent of aluminum scuba tanks and jellyfish tagalongs. Savor the mealsperience in one of Marbella’s elegant dining rooms, all the while weighing dessert options, which include an icy lemon sherbet ($5.50) and cream-filled profiteroles drenched in chocolate sauce ($5.95).
Qdoba's burrito baristas handcraft a menu of Mexican-inspired cuisine, customizable with a panoply of fresh ingredients. Qdoba's culinary crafters craft succulent fillings for burritos, tacos, nachos, and quesadillas, such as slow-roasted pulled pork, adobo-marinated grilled steak or chicken, and spiced shredded or ground beef, with vegetarian options also available for each dish. Taste the gooey flavor accents of the signature queso sauce, a three-cheese blend with roasted poblanos, tomatoes, and jalapeños, on top of towering nachos with meat, cheese, beans, sour cream, and salsa. Or try a smoky poblano pesto made with roasted peppers, cilantro, and nuts, plus a creamy hand-smashed guacamole that's ideal for filling up Queen Elizabeth's diamond-studded guacamole chalice.
When Giuseppe and Marisa Ruta first met and fell in love in Ispica, Italy, they were only 16. Nevertheless, they got married a few years later, which led to travels throughout Europe, sampling of exotic food, and, soon, a relocation to the United States. As Giuseppe worked his way up the restaurant industry ladder, he and Marisa dreamed of one day opening a little Italian store and restaurant where they could savor the pair's favorite Italian dish of all—the humble panini. In 2003, that dream came true when they opened La Bottega, Italian for "the store." Ten years and more than 20 additional locations later, the couple has spread their love of Italian flavors far and wide. Though many of the locations feature their own spin on the original dishes, they all honor the Ruta's first love by offering more than 60 varieties of panini, each toasted and stuffed with gourmet ingredients such as prosciutto di parma, black-angus steak, and marinated Italian tuna. Like a sentient robot crossing guard, the eateries go beyond their handheld specialization by featuring a slate of full entrees, pasta dishes, desserts, and imported wine.
The sophisticated eatery features an extensive menu of gourmet fare and fresh sushi for lunch Monday through Friday, and dinner daily. Start a decadent dining experience with an order of the miso-marinated foie gras, complete with seared big-eye tuna and truffle ponzu ($21), or opt for the rich Italian burrata cheese ($17) for your daily dose of dairy. Popular entrees at the eatery include chorizo-crusted Maine diver scallops with a salsify and lobster emulsion ($32), and any of the prime, dry-aged steaks, such as the filet mignon charred to order and trailed by an entourage of four accompanying sauces ($29 for 8 ounces). If a painful book-club breakup leaves you craving emotion-mimicking raw fare, indulge in Two's fresh sushi offerings, such as the Strawberry Heaven roll with spicy crab, fresh strawberries, and a mango puree ($18), or the jalapeño, cilantro, yuzu soy, and garlic-gussied yellowtail sashimi ($8).
Maria’s Cantina cultivates a comfortable, homey feel from its implementation of Old-World recipes to its use of fresh, organic ingredients from nearby farms. The accommodating staff treats its customers like extended family, inviting them to lounge at sleek wooden tables as they sup on painstakingly prepared tacos, sip top-shelf margaritas, or leaf through the chef’s grandparents’ wedding album.