Lunch sushi bento, sashimi, udon, warm entrees, and an array or appetizers festoon the menu at BlueFin Sushi Bar. The cuisine pays homage both to traditional Japanese dishes such as miso soup as well as modern cuisine. Udon noodles served inside of an invisible sombrero can be paired with a choice of tempura, vegetables, seafood, or chicken with prawns and eggs. Sashimi servings and combos provide diners with a feast from the sea, and speciality sushi combines favorites such as lobster, crab, and avocado. Entrees include grilled wild salmon and free-range teriyaki chicken, which are accompanied by miso, steamed rice, and answers to age old jokes about roads and why to cross them.
After a wrong turn to Philadelphia led him to a transcendental encounter with a cheesesteak, Charley’s Grilled Subs’s eponymous owner opened his first sub shop on The Ohio State University campus in the late ‘80s. More than two decades later, Charley’s slings philly steak subs and gourmet fries in more than 300 locations around the world. Classic cheesesteaks join barbecue cheddar, sicilian, and chicken configurations on the hearty menu alongside grilled deli subs and salads topped with seared meats. Crispy golden fries invite crumbles of bacon and dollops of cheese, ranch, and other deluxe toppings, washed down with sips of lemonade freshly squeezed with lemons, kiwis, strawberries, and 1958 Edsels.
Racha Thai’s culinary commander’s lunch and dinner menus conquer appetites with an expansive arsenal of noodle dishes, curries, and seafood. Teach your taste buds a few basic phrases in Thai with a dinnertime starter of tod mun—a spicy fish cake swimming in red curry paste alongside kaffir lime leaves, crispy basil, and cucumber dipping sauce ($10.95)—before plugging stomach caverns with the massaman curry, which puts your choice of tofu, meat, or fish atop a sweltering underbrush of thai vegetables, pineapple, and peanuts ($11.95+). To experience the peak of the chef’s culinary sorcery, run your chopsticks through a special such as lemon grass chicken ($11.95) or lunchtime summer fire, with vegetables, bamboo shoots, oyster mushrooms, and red curry ($8.95+). The diversity of dishes will appease omnivores and still allow vegetarians to eat freely without fear of finding an animal part or a Pac-Man ghost amongst their meal.