Miyagi Sushi Bar & Grill's menu brims with Asian-inspired eats and fresh fish rolled into succulent sushi. The chopstick-ready morsels range from the salmon skin hand roll ($3.75) to the elaborate Miyagi roll, in which spicy tuna, black tobiko, shrimp tempura, cucumber, and cream cheese huddle together beneath a delectable drizzle of tempura flakes, eel, and avocado ($15.95). Visitors craving cooked comestibles can dive into stir-fries, salads, or prepped dishes such as the Tsunami teriyaki with flaky red snapper stuffed with shrimp, crab, fish eggs, and scallions ($16.95). Reward taste buds for not playing with their Nintendos during dinner with an ice-cream-covered gourmet cheesecake tempura ($6.45), or feast eyes on the restaurant’s modish décor, full of clean lines and crimson walls.
The plate is a canvas to the chefs at J Tokyo Sushi. For example, a squiggled drizzle of sauce accompanies the strawberry-slice topped Caterpillar roll (that actually looks like a caterpillar), and a checkered pattern of sauce elevates the presentation of the Madonna roll, which has baked eel, cream cheese, and a crepe shell. Other dishes include teriyaki ribs, chicken katzu sandwiches, and the Harusame roll, which pits longtime enemies, spicy tuna and honey, against each another. Making matters better, the chefs import ingredients from Japan whenever possible.
Beneath the colorful toques on their heads, hibachi chefs flip and sauté meat and vegetables on their tabletop grills, smiling as they conjure the occasional bursts of flame during lively cooking routines. That’s just one scene at SooWoo Japanese Steakhouse—across the restaurant, sushi chefs slice ribbons of fish and vegetables and roll them into California and spicy tuna rolls. Basketball fans can celebrate the city’s 2012 NBA championship with the specialty Miami Heat roll, which includes slices of shrimp tempura, crab, and cream cheese. SooWoo also whips up Korean dishes, such as bulgogi and pork belly.
For John Offerdahl, the aroma of meat sizzling on the grill stirs memories of his family's barbecues in rural Wisconsin. Even when John grew up and became a linebacker for the Miami Dolphins, he couldn't escape that enticing smell—it would waft into the stadium from fans tailgating outside and the mascots who secretly stuffed their costumes with cheeseburgers. So it was only natural that, after retiring from football, John would once again find himself at the grill when he and his wife Lynn opened Offerdahl's Cafe Grill in 2000. The couple were no strangers to the restaurant business; they had previously owned a chain of bagel shops. This venture, however, would prove more ambitious—they devised menus of classic American cuisine that could be served up fast for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a focus on fresh-grilled fare.
Today, Offerdahl's Cafe Grill has expanded to seven locations, but its flavorful, no-frills meals remain the same. "Johnny O's Famous Bagels" still take the starring roles during breakfast, waking diners up with flavors like cinnamon crumb, pumpernickel, and fruit-and-nut. But once breakfast turns to lunch and dinner, the grill takes over. Chefs swiftly cook up steak, chicken, and salmon, serving the proteins over rice, pasta, or salad with homemade dressings. They also grill chicken sandwiches and burgers, in a nod to the café's backyard barbecue roots.
Individuals or groups who have only a few short hours for dinner and entertainment would do well to head to Samurai Japanese Steak and Seafood, where dinner is the entertainment. At the hibachi tables, patrons can watch chefs with incredible knife skills and presentation techniques cook in the traditional teppanyaki style. The hibachi cooking offers great combos of chicken, steak, seafood and vegetables, and customers can get theirs made with whatever combination they would like. Samurai Japanese even offers a slew of fun specialty cocktails including its Samurai Punch, made with Myers’ rum, tropical fruit juice and strawberry and peach liqueurs. An extensive offering of hot and cold sakes rounds out the drinks page, with flavor profile ratings that run along a scale from -20 (sweetest) to +20(driest).
Devon Seafood and Steak House is a chic but casual neighborhood restaurant, offering a variety of surf and turf specialties inside a yawning almost 300-seat space. Guests are invited to take a seat at the honey-toned butcher-block tables or fall into saddle-brown leather banquettes, noshing on warm biscuits as a filling appetizer. Of course, the main stars inside this chic space are the entrées, particularly those of the ocean-going variety. Lobster rolls and a dominating lobster Cobb salad make for perfectly decadent options, while seared steaks appeal to landlocked eaters. With locations across the United States, this Sherri Lane outpost sets itself apart thanks to its extensive menus and kitchen creativity. Guests can dine in for upscaled dinners, weekend lunches, brunches or private parties, while a bar provides snacks and cocktails. Gluten-free and vegetarians can also eat well at Devon’s, and the staff is happy to accommodate nearly any desire.