Fiery red paint splashes the walls of Casa Tequila Authentic Mexican Grill, creating the illusion of heat. Sizzling plates of fajitas emerge from the kitchen, fanning the flames with soft tortillas and hot strips of chicken. Nearby, grilled T-bones and rib eyes amplify the warmth with spicy jalape?os and ranchero sauce. Like most of the menu?s selections, these dishes are made from scratch using super-fresh ingredients. To lower the temperature, barkeeps craft margaritas that are cooler than an iceberg wearing an Elvis wig. Available in a variety of flavors and sizes, these drinks showcase a lineup of more than 50 tequilas. Diners can also enjoy their meals at outdoor tables, amid refreshing breezes and the shade of patio umbrellas.
“I really enjoy the people and their warmth,” Gary Scott told a reporter for the North Liberty Leader. “They are so friendly here.” Scott was speaking about the locals in Ely, where his eponymous restaurant--Scott’s Sandwich Cafe--just moved. From this new location, Scott and his staff continue to combine fresh ingredients atop grilled ciabatta, marble rye, and wheat-berry bread, but now hand their creations to neighbors instead of mall-goers. Their mouthwatering sandwiches create a lunchtime rush as workers unplug computer cords from their foreheads and head to the intimate café for medleys of roasted pork, smoked ham, and honey mustard or grilled chicken and bleu cheese. Also popular are Scott’s new twists on old favorites, such as a grilled PB&J or a classic Reuben enlivened with turkey. In addition to sandwiches, the café dishes up quesadillas and salads, and its ice cream and smoothies keep customers cool on summer days filled with walking over coals.
Tubrosa Pizza's mission is "to have fun making the best damn pizza in town." By the looks of a menu filled with quirky creations such as a pie laden with nacho-cheese sauce, black olives, and crunchy chips, it seems that fun is being had. Delicious dough serves as the base for pies such as the simple margherita with chopped basil leaves or the tangy hawaiian barbecue-chicken pizza with pineapple and a box that doubles as a lei. Patrons can replace traditional tomato sauce with alfredo, barbecue, or buffalo sauce or opt for spaghetti or baked ziti instead. Tubrosa ends its menu on a sweet note with cinnamon or apple dessert pizzas.
At Azul's Tequila Cocina, seafood from the Pacific coast and fruity margaritas serve as the cornerstones of an extensive Mexican menu. Drizzled with fresh sauces, the burritos, enchiladas, and tacos pack the palate with juicy flavors. The enchiladas de langosta unite lobster and roasted Mexican garlic sauce in the warm embrace of corn tortillas topped with jalapeño cream sauce. Azul's Tequila Cocina spurns lard, peanut oil, and animal fat in its cooking, promoting health and helping waists stay as narrow as Santa's path through a gingerbread man's chimney.
In Throttle Down Sports Bar & Grill's unpretentious confines, friends gather around the bar, TVs, and pool tables to enjoy relaxed company, cold drinks, and comfort food. While watching the game or flinging darts, they chow down on food such as Angus burgers and freshly hand-cut ribeye steaks. Pizzas are prepared with fresh dough and a signature sauce. A family-friendly venue, Throttle Down also has a kids' menu with mac and cheese complimented by a sophisticated selection of the finest bubbly pop. Guests also frequent the friendly eatery for the live-music acts and karaoke nights and the fancy-footed dance moves that follow each.
At JJ's, owner Janee Bradshaw brings her passion for baking to the creation of tasty german chocolate, peaches and cream, or butterfinger cupcakes. In addition to cupcakes, the shop serves up scoops of Heyns Ice Cream in flavors such as cappuccino and apple pie.