The team at Cuco's Sandwich Shop harnesses classic Cuban recipes to craft a convoy of authentic pressed sandwiches, which have been featured in the Star-Telegram and on the local restaurant blog Regular Joe's Guide. Among soft pink walls and tiled floors, a family of chefs accessorizes the meaty handhelds with traditional sides, such as plantains and yuca croquettes. Additionally, a smattering of breakfast burritos and sandwiches tackles morning cravings more swiftly than a football team playing pigskin against pigs in a blanket.
The dishes on Añejo's diverse menu are bursting at the seams with traditional home-style Mexican and Texan recipes artfully crafted by chef Fernando Martinez. Fire up feasting with an order of freshly made guacamole ($6.95 for medium size, $9.95 for large size) or freshly marinated ceviche imperial, netting together fish, scallops, shrimp, avocado, cilantro, spices, and citrus ($8.95). Competitive-with-themselves eaters can work toward weekly quotas with the chicken enchiladas ($9.95 for two), tender pork tacos ($10.95 for three), and steak fajitas ($13.95), and lovers of all things oxymoronic can nosh on the camarones rellenos, featuring bacon-wrapped jumbo shrimp stuffed with cheese ($15.95). For patrons in search of abundant euphoria mixed with a hint of cumin, Añejo serves up the house- specialty El Añejo Platter, a ziggurat of beef and chicken fajitas, a half-rack of slow-cooked ribs, and three stuffed shrimp served with guacamole, pico de gallo, and rice and beans ($32.95). The El Añejo Platter, like tandem bicycles and marriages, is meant for two people.
Roots Coffeehouse serves up coffee, teas, and a broad array of espresso-based drinks and complements its potable pleasures with friendly service and a variety of edible options. The shop's menu draws upon three different types of espresso—a single-origin, a blended, and a decaf—to provide savvy sippers with an extra degree of customization to their order. Organic and fair-trade coffee and teas are also available to help keep consciences light and fluffy. Order up a honey vanilla latte ($3.85 for a medium) for a sweet kiss of bee syrup without the danger and mess of personally milking the bees, then pair your vanilla-fueled brainpower with Roots' free WiFi. Frozen drinks such as raspberry mocha or vanilla bean frappes ($4 for a medium) help the overheated mock the impotent sun. A food menu featuring fresh-baked pastries and muffins, as well as a quartet of sandwiches ($7.00), is also available to help customers practice one-handed hunger-avoidance maneuvers.
Conversations pause and heads turn whenever servers at Japanese Grill carry their signature sushi boat through the dining room. Onboard the handsome wooden vessel, a dazzling spread of specialty rolls, nigiri, and sashimi showcases the sushi chefs’ culinary talents, creativity, and eye for aesthetic spectacle. Their repertoire of rolls ranges from classic crab california rolls to innovative Rock rolls with shrimp tempura, jalapeño, and sweet spicy mayo—each sliced and lined up on its own specially shaped plate.
As the sushi chefs work behind their bar, Japanese grill gurus busy themselves in the kitchen, sizzling up seafood teriyaki, flame bathing hibachi meats, and causing pots of udon noodles to boil with but one seductive glance. Meanwhile, out amid the burgundy booths of the dining room, bartenders dole out cups of hot sake and specialty cocktails beneath the glimmer of hanging blue lanterns and the flicker of flat-screen TVs. Come Tuesday, the restaurant erupts into a music-fueled party powered by karaoke jams.
Sushi Nikko’s menu spans borders with its selection of Japanese sushi, Korean-style grilled meats, and Chinese entrees. The sushi chefs line plates with molecule-thin slices of sashimi and fill specialty maki with innovative ingredients, including sautéed onions, deep-fried crawfish, and jalapeños. Hand-battered pork cutlets, fried rice, and marinated beef ribs round out the rest of the menu and serve as heartier alternatives to the sushi creations, which emphasize freshness and clean flavors.
Some people like a cold beer or a mixed drink with dinner, but the regulars at Rack Daddy's prefer their dinner with a side of smooth baize. They send pool balls careening across tables' upholstered surfaces, facing off in games of pool and billiards. Xena Pizza, located next door, supplies Seattle-style slices layered with toppings such as Canadian bacon and spicy Italian sausage. Patrons can stay until 2:00 a.m., at which time all of the cue balls turn into pumpkins.