At two locations, The Other Place’s staff fires up ovens to bake pizzas, italian subs, and sandwiches to a golden brown—the color of Pharaoh’s mask after he eats a chocolate bar. Atop hand-made pizza crusts made from a 40-year-old recipe, the kitchen team layers toppings such as italian sausage, salami, and sun-dried tomatoes, lubricated by tomato, alfredo, and barbecue sauce. Submarine-shaped bread holds italian meats, veggies, and toppings. In both eateries’ dining areas, more than 50 TVs stream sports games. The Other Place also often entertains guests with karaoke—America’s most underappreciated sport, and the one with the least funding in most school districts.
For 70 years, Winstead’s has garnered a myriad of accolades and praise for its scrumptious hamburgers and other drive-in eats. Poke through the menu to find the joint’s signature Double Winstead steakburger, grilled with U.S. Choice Steak and topped with all the sloppy-tasty fixings––mustard, ketchup, pickle, and onion ($3.35). The Fifty-Fifty puts hot and crisp french fries and crunchy onion rings side by side in the most delicious peace pact since ketchup and mustard ended their hot-dog feud ($2.19). Scarf a chili cheese dog ($2.79) or grilled-cheese sandwich ($2.05), and then focus on Winstead’s old-fashioned desserts. Creamy milk shakes and malts ($2.45–$4.55) immerse taste buds in flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, banana, and butterscotch, and Winstead’s beloved skyscraper shake ($7.25) packs enough iced delight to quench the thirsts of four people or one André the Giant. Other desserts include a root-beer float ($2.45) and apple-dumpling à la mode ($4.60).
Taste Restaurant serves elegant New American entrees and small plates of internationally influenced fare in a chic dining space enclosed by exposed brick. A lunch menu of shareable selections lets diners mix and match three bites for $11. Options include a mini grilled Kobe-style burger and a fresh egg-salad with remoulade and rye bread. The dinner menu lists elegantly prepared American classics such as beef fillet ($29) and grilled salmon ($19). Pair plates with a martini ($7–$10) to make flavors come alive and serenade your tongue with John Fogerty lyrics.
Leaf-green canopies cover the front of Papa Kenos’ brick building, which attracts passersby with the smell of baking bread. Inside, panoramic wall photography ornaments exposed brick walls, and pizza-shaped hanging lights suggest the cheesy, oven-baked pies on the menu. At a booth or table, guests can grip a hearty Italian or Reuben sandwich, or consume specialty or custom pizzas by the pie or slice. After polishing off a final slice, guests can retreat to the pizzeria’s outdoor beer garden to take a sip of their favorite brew or collect clippings from a tree of flowering lagers.
Caspian Bistro's earned attention on PBS's Check, Please! for its menu of flame-kissed kebabs, unique Persian-style stews, and house-made desserts. An appetizer sampler ($12.99) pairs five savory starters such as salty chunks of feta that contrast with creamy hummus and dollops of spiced broiled eggplant. The scent of saffron basmati rice rises from 16 kebab platters ($9.99–$23.48), where morsels of Alaskan salmon, filet mignon, and cornish hen rest after marinating for up to 48 hours and charbroiling over grills that emit steam and sweet nothings to leave the meat impeccably tender. Chefs simmer walnuts with pomegranate gravy to ladle over boiled chicken fesenjon ($13.99), and sauté a trio of fresh herbs with dried limes and kidney beans to create hearty spoonfuls of vegetarian ghormeh sabzi stew ($10.99).
Located inside Hikari Japanese Steakhouse, Joy Luck Chinese Restaurant’s chefs look across the East China Sea for inspiration in crafting a menu of Chinese cuisine. Entrees include seafood dishes such as cashew shrimp and a seafood bird nest, mixed in with fusion meals including teriyaki filet mignon. Nodding to their host, the chefs whip up sushi rolls, including the Spider Roll—which wraps up tempura soft-shell crab—and the Yummy Roll—which pairs tempura shrimp with crabmeat, drizzled in eel sauce. The restaurant also feeds large groups with catering services, which churn out platters to accommodate company gatherings, family reunions, or pandas’ first dates.