Boulder Creek Steakhouse’s dinner menu serves up deluxe cuts of steak with all the trimmings in a casual atmosphere. Starting with grain-fed meat aged a minimum of 28 days, each sirloin ($17.99), filet mignon ($28.99 for 12 oz./$23.99 for 8 oz.), and beyond is grilled to red-hot perfection and seasoned with a double-secret blend of spices. If you already had steak for lunch, breakfast, and your coworker’s office birthday party, savor the chicken parmesan ($15.99) or the jumbo shrimp scampi ($15.99) instead. Vegetarians, meanwhile, can abide by the terms of their uneasy peace treaty with cows by noshing on a garden fresh salad drizzled with homemade dressing ($4.99–$14.99). Keep a couple stomachs open for the brownie sundae ($5.99), the warm apple tart served over ice cream ($5.99), or both stacked on top of each other. Lighter lunchtime appetites will find that the turkey burger ($10.99), pulled-pork sammie ($11.99), and grilled chicken wrap ($10.99) are all created equal and thus enjoy equal rights to a side dish of onion rings or creamed spinach.
Inside La Grille Kitchen & Cafe, cooks prepare a variety of Latin dishes infused with Mexican flavors from morning till night. During breakfast, they fry and scramble eggs, sear bacon and sausage, and grill shredded steak. Then, as the midday sun brightens and exerts more gravity, it becomes harder to fold omelettes, signaling to the kitchen that it's time to prepare brisket cheese steak sandwiches with caramelized onions, Mexican street tacos with spiced sausage, and whole roasted chicken with green plantains.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with the classics at Sal's Pizza and Italian Kitchen. The chefs do a remarkably good job crafting traditional pizzas topped with pepperoni, sausage, or ham and pineapple. But it's the shop's more unique offerings that really put it beyond your basic corner pizza place. Take the ravioli and vodka sauce pizza, for example, which combines two favorite entrees into one sauce-laden masterpiece. Or the colossal stuffed pizzas, which arrive overflowing with savory fillings like eggplant and ricotta or broccoli, spinach, and mozzarella. Show up early, and you might snag a slice of breakfast pizza topped with bacon and sunny side up eggs; swing by late, and you'll find a perfect excuse to indulge in desserts like homemade Italian cheesecake or fried Oreo zeppole. Of course, no one would blame you if you stuck to tried-and-true Italian entrees like chicken vesuvio, simmered in an olive oil and white wine sauce, or even a simple bowl of pasta, dressed only with Sal's classic tomato sauce and maybe a light jacket, depending on the season.
If you’re wondering whether the soup at Mama Soup is any good, just ask Matt Damon. The celebrity’s driver introduced him to the shop and ever since, he has put in frequent delivery requests from his home in Manhattan. He even sends the staff notes lauding their pots of potato leek, broccoli cheese, and biscuit-topped chicken-pot-pie soup that owner Megan Kleven derived from her beloved grandma’s recipes. She now doles out the family favorites—as well as sandwiches, salads, and wraps—from a renovated shop that still bears many of the architectural elements of its past life as a metal factory.
Bagel Club's expansive menu ranges beyond its titular baked good, encompassing specialties such as pretzels and raisin-studded challah bread. Chefs also pile smoked fish—including sturgeon and lox—atop bagels, crack three eggs for each of their omelets, and fill sandwiches with deli meat or seafood salads. They can also add flavor to bagels or depleted scratch 'n' sniff stickers with more than a dozen specialty spreads, including chocolate-chip, spinach-and-garlic, and blueberry varieties of cream cheese.