Because Matilda's shares a menu with Mad-Macs, patrons have unfettered access to more than a dozen varieties of mac 'n cheese in addition to the bar's craft beers, wines, and cocktails. Reaffirming that this comfort food deserves a place in the adult diet, chefs recommend pairing the cajun-shrimp-and-crab mac with a glass of sauvignon blanc or the buffalo-chicken mac with a water balloon of pinot noir. The menu also showcases hand-patted burgers and hearty hot sandwiches, in addition to seafood entrees, steaks, and chicken. Live music and DJs keep things lively in the evenings, and karaoke nights provide the opportunity to flex vocal chords after prolonged vows of silence.
Afternoon tea has been a treasured ritual for the proprietor of British Bell Tea Room since childhood. Her fondest memories of being a little girl include sipping from porcelain teacups, nibbling pastries, and chatting with her English grandmother, whom she affectionately called “mom-mom.” At British Bell Tea Room, she invites visitors to experience the high-tea tradition for themselves in an opulent parlor decorated with chandeliers and golden draperies. Servers present various treats—such as sausage pastries, dainty poppyseed-chicken-salad sandwiches, and scones—on fine china with silver and crystal.
Patrons often stop by the tearoom with friends to share a pot of steeped loose-leaf tea or bring along children for pint-size pots of pink lemonade. Many visitors also find the space relaxing enough to sip tea alone with a good book. There's also an elegant retail shop onsite where patrons can buy take-home loose-leaf teas, teacups, and teapots.
In an effort to find a healthy alternative to fast food without sacrificing speediness, the creators of Pita Pit began assembling their signature sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks. At each location, thin, Lebanese-style pitas encircle lean, grilled meats and fresh veggies. Sandwich selections span the spectrum from gyro meat and falafel to turkey and prime rib. The staff empowers customers to make healthy choices by displaying nutrition information for each bread, meat, and post-meal toothpick and corralling a selection of healthy sandwiches, which dining companions can wash down with fruit smoothies.
At Oasis Restaurant’s sunlit, yellow-hued café, the aroma of simmering lamb and sizzling falafel drifts through the dining room and breaches the borders of the adjacent market and halal butcher shop. Chefs procure fresh cuts of the 100% halal meat from next door to prepare from-scratch Lebanese, Egyptian, and Moroccan delicacies for individual orders or the bountiful weekend buffet. Though Middle Eastern classics such as grape leaves and hummus abound, chefs also pay homage to less prevalent delicacies, such as molokhia, a thick broth made from mallow leaves simmered in garlic. Once diners have finished chewing in unison, they can peruse the adjacent grocery store for imported groceries and fresh goat and lamb.
Melt Down Grilled Cheese devotes four franchise locations to perfecting the art of what they describe as the "ultimate comfort food." The menu abounds with unique variations on the classic bread with melted cheese, such as the maryland crab filled with crabmeat and imperial sauce, and the baja chicken crusted with a corn tortilla and overflowing with avocado and monterey jack. Hand-dipped H?agen-Dazs milk shakes and grilled pound cake ice-cream sandwiches provide a sweet conclusion to any meal.
Ooey-gooey pasta oozes out from the edges of the mac-and-cheese burger at MyTocha's Style Cooking. The food truck's chef sticks mainly to comfort food but usually adds an unexpected twist. For instance, chicken wings come slathered in an orange glaze and pizzas are topped with meatballs.