Mashiso Asian Grill's cooks preside over sizzling pans to custom craft wraps, rolls, bowls, and salads on an assembly line equipped with sauces and dressings concocted in house. Patrons start by selecting a bed of noodles or white, fried, or brown rice to form a cushy base for meat and veggies or to refill a chariot's airbags. Grill jockeys then crown bowls and stuff wraps with seared toppings such as fresh veggies ($6), or mashi chicken or pork ($6.50) slathered in piquant chili-pepper sauce. Kalbi beef ($7) launches fireworks shows across tender strips of steak with sparkling jets of garlic, sesame, and ginger. Each personalized plate pairs with a side of asian slaw or grilled bok choy, and yakis ($4 for five) crowd deep-fried wontons with ground chicken, spinach, and carrot shreds intricately carved into jack-in-the-box clowns.
The scents of bubbling cheese and tangy marinara waft through Frankie's Italian Cuisine, where chefs have built pastas and pizzas from Old World recipes since 1967. In the kitchen, chefs craft dough and sauces each day to ensure that meals taste as fresh as a mentholated snowflake. When preparing seafood linguine, they cast nets of pasta into boiling pots, pulling up a succulent catch of gulf shrimp to slather in a house-made white or red clam sauce. In the dining room, napkins morph into Renaissance-style paintings as tomato sauce artfully drips from 15 specialty pizzas, such as the margherita with fresh basil, roma tomatoes, and buffalo mozzarella.
A party room accommodates up to 30 guests with ample seating and an array of dinners that include salad, italian bread, and a nonalcoholic beverage. Alternatively, diners can fuel parties at their homes and offices by placing catering orders for 24-slice pizzas, pasta trays, and dessert platters studded with cannolis and cheesecakes.
Plating up palatable Italian cuisine for nearly 20 years, Daddona’s offers lunch and dinner menus loaded with saucy carbs, savory meats, and sautéed love. Kick-start unstopped-up stomachs to savory surfeit with a platter of olive-oil-and-garlic-sautéed Hungarian hot peppers ($5.95) or a portion of unbreaded eggplant parmigiana ($9.95). After sampling a white garlic sauce and romano-cheese-cloaked aglio e olio pizza ($6–$8), reinforce your fork’s self-esteem with a serving of pasta with meatballs or sausage ($10.90), a plate of fettuccine alfredo ($13.95), or a few thoughtful words spoken in kindness. At lunchtime, experiment with ratatouille ($7.95), Daddona’s mix of vegetables sautéed with marinara sauce and topped with mozzarella. For dinner, extend the warmest of saliva-gland welcomes to a breadcrumbed veal romano ($15.95), chicken marsala ($14.95) decorated with fresh mushrooms, or linguine-foundationed frutti di mare ($20.95) of shrimp, scallops, mussels, and clams. Wine, beer, and liquor service is available for those who suffer from water allergies.
Chefs at Siam Orchid spice a diverse menu of curries, noodles, and stir-fries with traditional Thai specialties for lunch and dinner. The Fisherman's Treasure casts a wide net noon ($7.95) and night ($13.95), reeling in a medley of sautéed seafood and vegetables onto tables, while the tofu tamarind’s stir-fried mix of pineapple and tomato adds tangy sweetness to plates ($6.95, lunch; $10.95, dinner). Country-style pad thai spouts an old, faithful spring of noodles, bean sprouts, shrimp, and chicken whose authentic, fiery flavor tickles taste buds twice daily ($7.95, lunch; $10.95, dinner). Dexterous hands prepare the boneless, roasted, half-duck dinners three mouthwatering ways: fried crispy with chili sauce, glazed in tamarind-and-ginger sauce, or smothered in Siam curry ($16.95).
Every day of the week, from opening until closing at 2:30 p.m., servers at Claudette's Cafe ferry hot, comforting breakfasts to families and tables of friends. Chefs mix hotcake batter with pieces of banana, blueberries, or chocolate chips, adding subtle texture, dots of color, and fun flavors that interplay nicely with drizzles of maple syrup. They can also fold omelets around an array of vegetables or a trio of breakfast meats plus five types of cheese. Dishes that draw on America's diverse culinary influences include huevos rancheros, a corned-beef Reuben, and a chicken cordon-bleu sandwich.
Fresh fruit is all well and good, but it doesn't play to most Americans' lazy stance on chewing. Today's Groupon turns healthy fruit into healthy-smooth smoothies: for $6, you get $10 worth of fruit-based libations and nutritious foods at Robeks in North Olmsted. Juice smoothies are an excellent tool for healthy lifestyles and are a delicious strategy for getting your daily fruits and veggies that doesn't involve pretending to be a Nigerian prince with a surplus of money and a surfeit of bananas.
Famous Gyro George's food-slinging chefs follow the cooking instructions listed on a menu that has dishes for every meal of the day. Sate egg cravings with a big breakfast platter of two eggs, two big pancakes, and four pieces of sausage ($6.99), or partake in lunch-focused fare with a famous philly gyro, which collects grilled mushroom, onions, and swiss cheese and stores them in the welcoming folds of a homemade pita ($6.99). A double-cheeseburger-deluxe combo slams two hamburger patties with lettuce, onion, tomato, and cheese, and balances the plate with fresh-cut fries and a fountain drink ($5.99). Dine post-dusk at one of George's 24-hour restaurants, which are open 24 hours a day in honor of Mark McGwire's age in 1988. Click here to view each location's hours.