The brains behind Vernon's Hidden Valley Steakhouse, bring their restaurateur experience and superior steakhouse meats to the gourmet sandwiches of Prime by Vernon's. Hands, Prime's most popular eating utensil next to elbows, transport breakfast paninis, such as the New Mexico Morning stuffed with house-made sausage, egg, and cheese ($9), safely into awaiting mouths.
The crafty culinarians at Umami Sushi and Asian Restaurant blend fresh veggies, meats, and sauces to create a menu populated with flavorful classics from Thailand, China, and Japan. The lineup features rice and noodle entrees, as well as items free of gluten and sushi rolls free of heat. The restaurant’s hardwood floors, tall potted plants, Asian décor, and absence of fire-breathing dragons work in tandem to create a relaxing and cozy dining experience.
Hadley’s Tea founder Linda Butler has a passion for tea and invites customers to see what all the fuss is about inside a welcoming café stocked with teakettles, infusers, cozies, and canisters. While hot tea steeps and espresso shots tamp, baristas restock the season’s loose-leaf teas, decorative mugs, lidded coffee thermoses, and colorful teapots. Three ice teas are brewed each morning, available in flavors such as jasmine and the popular peach apricot. While noshing on a gourmet chicken-salad sandwich, guests can sip on an espresso drink or peruse a made-to-order tea menu that offers black, green, and oolong varieties from all over the world.
Steam drifts from the hot kitchen, where the family moves swiftly amid pots that clamor metallically for attention. It is 1942 in the Sichuan province of China, and the cooks are working together in the new restaurant, Chow’s, to perfect the recipes and earn money for their family. Today, three generations later and on the other side of the world, Chow’s Asian Bistro fills with the spicy bouquet of scents that still hint at those same recipes, which have taken on influences from other culinary traditions over time. Chicken, beef, shrimp, and tofu steep in coconut-curry or kung pao sauce and twist among garlic-festooned sprays of broccoli. Additionally, pad thai, lo mein, and chow fun dishes call chopsticks into action like an orchestra conductor whose luggage is missing.
Hakata's wok wizards craft a menu of Asian dishes, including Vietnamese pho soup and Japanese yakitori grilled meats. Trek your tongue through Vietnam's flavorscape with a bowl of pho ($7.65–$9.50), which can sport morsels of rare steak, well-done flank and brisket, and shredded chicken or get an authentic taste of Japan without licking a globe with a helping of skewered asparagus and pork ($3.95 for two skewers) that's marinated and grilled over an open charcoal flame in the traditional yakitori fashion. Vermicelli noodles entangle themselves with barbecue pork and grilled shrimp ($9.25) or lemongrass tofu ($9) within a chopstick-compatible bowl for a more coiled collection of tastes. The open grill allows savory aromas to waft over the wooden booths and dark wooden tables as diners sip on authentic Asian soups, sake, or beer.
Within this warm, family-owned Asian café, skilled chefs transform customers' menu requests into fresh, steaming meals on the spot. The made-to-order feasts mingle traditional and modern culinary traditions from across the Asian continent, and can launch with starters such as hot-and-sour soup ($1.99–$3.99) and chicken lettuce wraps ($7.95). Singapore street noodles vaunt piping-hot vermicelli noodles, still cooking in curry soy, beside fresh napa cabbage and a choice of chicken, tofu, or pork. Entrees include the mushroom-adorned drunken chicken ($8.95) and the honey-orange chicken and rice ($7.99), easily modified with shrimp (add $3) or smuggled into the movie theater inside of a Hulk costume.