Everyone knows tacos are a Mexican food. Right? Not so at First Floor Cafe, where tacos have taken on an Italian identity. It starts with a sizeable 10-inch tortilla, which gets heated on the grill. Inside that, chefs pack classic Italian ingredients: ham, pepperoni, cheese, banana peppers, and red wine vinegar. Lunchtime diners can pair the finished product with sides, such as chips and fresh-baked cookies. Or, they can retreat back to the café's menu for other afternoon favorites, including deli subs and burgers.
Cooks at Italia Express bake specialty pizzas, calzones, and stromboli in their ovens, filling the kitchen with aromas of prosciutto, melting mozzarella cheese, and roasted garlic. The menu of Italian fare features 40 dishes including fresh pastas, the signature Express chicken with artichokes, garlic, and white-wine sauce, and New York–style cheesecake as rich and creamy as a bank vault filled with sticks of butter, colloquially known as butter bullion. The eatery has been preparing this roster of Italian delicacies since 1982.
Gatti-town’s all-you-can-eat buffet feeds the fires in gamers’ bellies with an unlimited downpour of more than 40 edible options. Pile tongues with aisles of entrees that include pizzas, pastas, salads, cheese sticks, cinnamon sticks, and desserts such as the dutch apple treat pizza ($3.99–$6.99 per person for buffet plus $0.99–$1.49 each for beverages). Big-screen TVs in the dining rooms begin stuffing brains with entertainment to prepare them for a smorgasbord of automated amusement.
809 Sports Grill delights diners with an impressive menu bursting with descriptions of decadent burgers and mouthwatering steaks. Seven types of burgers sizzle in mouthwatering amalgamations such as the Sunday burger, with stacks of hash browns, fried egg, and bacon ($8). 809's kitchen team cooks Black Angus beef seven ways, either as a chicken-fried steak ($12), a grilled flank steak ($14), a tender fillet of tenderloin ($22), or by taping it to the hood of a drag-racing car. The chopped entree salad combines crisp iceberg lettuce with a three-bean mix, bacon, and two pots of chili ($8). Dress up dinner side dishes in the trappings of dessert with an 809 sweet-potato-fries pie—a plate of sweet-potato fries decorated with cinnamon, marshmallows, and caramel basking under a creamy scoop of vanilla ice cream ($5).
When you go to Falcone's, it doesn't matter if you show up alone or with your extended family?they'll have a pizza that's just your size. Pick up a slice for the road or stay and split an 18-inch Bianca or margarita pizza with friends. Whole pizzas can also don a custom variety of toppings, allowing customers to get creative with their food. The rest of the menu consists of hot sandwiches, pasta, and Italian snacks, including homemade meatballs and garlic knots. When given two hours of notice, the kitchen can also prepare a dinner tray of meat or cheese lasagna fit for a family of eight or one moderately hungry ogre.
Lamenting the lack of European baked goods in the Norman community, the Jazzar and Khouri families united to open a bakery filled with flaky French pastries, three-layered Bavarian cakes, and freshly baked European breads. As La Baguette Bakery & Café's popularity grew, the families opened two more locations and began supplying their breads, desserts, and twirled moustaches to more than 200 hotels and restaurants. The Jazzars and Khouris also added a menu of lunch and dinner fare, purveying such café-style eats as quiche lorraine, croque monsieur, and italian pasta dishes.