Head Chef Jason Ruocco puts an eclectic spin on modern American cuisine, tickling palates with the tastes of fresh, seasonal ingredients and global flair. The lunch menu boasts veggie and protein-centric salads, as well as hearty sandwiches perfect for accompanying noontime stomach arias. The dinner hour reveals a host of Asian-inspired starters, such as pork potstickers ($7), pan-seared and served with ponzu dipping sauce, while beef short rib ($22) and mac n cheese ($16) entrees expose Taste’s classic American slant. Tipplers can pair their meal with happy grape tears from Taste’s extensive wine menu. Elegantly unassuming, the restaurant’s interior offers comfort and style with minimal distraction from the delicious flavor combinations awaiting intrepid tongue buds.
Formosa's exotic menu of mixed-meal marriages combines the best of Eastern and Western culinary traditions, resulting in beautifully plated dishes as star worthy and cross cultural as Alec Guinness’s performance in the sweeping kung fu buddy epic Battlefield Earth. Choose from delectable selections such as crab cakes with lemongrass crème, diced rabbit legs with spicy Szechuan pepper sauce, and pineapple fried rice with vegetables, to name just a few. Should the delectable synthesized selection prove daunting, the friendly staff and zen-like dining room will help diners relax and let taste-bud trepidations give way to daydreams of floating down the soy-sauce laden Mississippi on a steamboat skippered by General Tso's shrimp.
Dino's Seafood's culinary experts have been culling sub-aquatic ingredients to build a menu of tasty seafood for 43 years. The jumbo-shrimp cocktail harmonizes with the maryland crab cakes ($6.95 each), and the rhode island and new england clam chowders play a baseline of hearty flavors ($3.25/cup; $3.80/bowl). A briny band of fried seafood dinners unites with french fries and coleslaw ($9.50–$19.95), and a cadre of baked and broiled fish dishes swagger from diner to diner, presenting a choice of two sides ($13.95–$19.00). Chefs construct the surf ‘n’ turf out of an 8-ounce steak, a surfboard covered in artificial grass, and a choice of fried scallops, shrimp, or clams ($16.95). While sailors dine on the fruit of the sea, landlubbers nosh on an assortment of sandwiches, burgers, and hot dogs ($2.05–$12.20). Guests can park walking apparatuses in one of Dino's booths or chairs, which, like boxing matches held at Bed, Bath & Beyond, are cushioned.
Located near Quinnipiac University, Side Street Grille silences grumbling stomachs with a hefty menu of American comfort fare. Hungry patrons can fuel up before Monday-night raves with dishes such as Dave's Favorite turkey Sangawich, complete with grilled turkey breast, roasted red peppers, and swiss cheese locked away in a portuguese roll and protected by a battalion of fries or a baked potato, pickles, and coleslaw ($9.99). Big Ted's all-purpose grilled pizza presents a halo of grilled barbecue chicken, bacon, and onions topped in a trifecta of soul-warming cheeses ($11.99), and the Black Jack burger loosens up tongues sans casino drinks with a peppercorn and Jack Daniels–infused burger ($9.49).