Giraffas Steaks and Burgers channels 30 years of history in Brazil to tackle American appetites and remix American classics. A diverse menu harbors a lineup of American favorites forged with an exotic twist and imbued with a sense of justice, such as a 5-ounce burger outfitted with gouda cheese and giramayo sauce ($7.90). Three choice sides, including black beans, quinoa, and haricots, offset meaty mouthfuls of picanha ($11.90), and the tri-tip steak of sliced maminha ($8.90) sidles up to teeth alongside Brazilian farofa—hunks of eggs, bacon, and onion atop peaks of toasted manioc flour. Dive fork-first into the leafy canopy of a salmon and greens salad ($14.90), which plays host to bruschetta and a balsamic dressing, or fuel future adults with a nutrition-packed option from the kids' section, including spaghetti and meatballs ($4.90).
Cuisine Type: Bakery
Most Popular Offering: Rum Cake
Delivery/Takeout Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Established: Before 1950
Parking: Free street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Call ahead so we'll have the freshest cake baked just for [you].
Jasper has a lot of experience making rum cakes; in fact, the rich Bahamian cakes are the only thing he makes at Jaspertastycakes. As a result, he has become a master at preparing each one by hand and slowly baking it at a low temperature to keep it smooth on the outside and moist on the inside. Instead of using imitation rum like some bakeries do, Jasper relies on an eight-year barrel-aged dark rum, which gives his cakes their distinctive flavor and his customers a distinctive charm at parties. Because Jasper makes each cake to order to ensure freshness, he recommends customers call ahead to order.
Rice House of Kabob's signature sumac sauce is known for its versatility—so much so that several customers want to buy it by the gallon. The coveted marinade was invented by Ali Shabani, one of the restaurant's four founding brothers, and seems to complement almost any item on the Persian menu. By seasoning char-grilled chicken, sirloin, shrimp, and vegetables, it serves as one of two constants in the kitchen. The other, of course, is rice—the family describes it on the website as "the world's ultimate comfort food" and lays it as a base for several platters, including housemade falafel and combination meals of ground-sirloin kubideh and charbroiled tenderloin.
From the vegetarian dishes to the pan-seared tilapia wrap, every item is prepped from all-natural ingredients. The culinary team arrives early in the morning to slice the preservative-free eats, which they always cook to order instead of reheating them beneath lamps or the smoldering gaze of Yosemite Sam.
Since 1969, Mario the Baker has regaled customers with the rich tastes of vodka sauce, baked eggplant, capicola subs, and cheesy pizzas. Since its inception, the restaurant has grown from a single storefront to a 14-location local fiefdom, built upon a foundation of crafting consistently delicious casual Italian cuisine, thin-crust New York–style pizzas, and traditional pasta dishes. Piping-hot garlic rolls accompany plates of shrimp scampi or chicken francese, and margherita pizzas and pineapple-topped hawaiian pies enliven celebrations of majestic T-ball-league triumphs and inconsequential T-ball-league defeats.
Since 1969, the cooks at Mario the Baker have followed the same tried-and-true recipes, resulting in pizza after fresh-baked pizza emerging from the oven with the same flavors as the restaurant's very first batch. Diners settle into red and black booths to split signature pizzas, including La Maflosa pizza with sliced eggplant and mozzarella. As part of an unrefusable offer, the Godfather pie comes topped with capicollo, ham, and salami and is served with a side of housemade italian dressing.
Holy Bagels & Pizzeria Downtown serves up Kosher meals bookended by bagels for breakfast and pizza later in the day. Breakfast brings a flurry of entrees that go beyond typical day starters with skakshuka (eggs cooked in a veggie sauce) and a bagel platter with smoked salmon and the works. But the variety doesn't end there. Throughout the day, housemade focaccia bread still warm from the oven becomes the base for sandwiches stuffed with Mediterranean treats like fried eggplant, hardboiled eggs, and hummus. Chefs also build plates of pasta and a fish specialties, including pecan-encrusted salmon. If that's not enough inspiration to eat every meal here for the rest of your life, two dozen kosher sushi rolls keep the party going and signature pizzas pop out of the oven with toppings like spicy tuna or pesto sauce.