The chefs at Sushi Zen Bistro aim to whisk taste buds on a trans-Pacific trip, crafting Japanese cuisine using fresh fish and preparation techniques straight from Japan. Drawing from a vast menu, they accompany their cut rolls, hand rolls, and specialty sushi rolls with lunch and dinner entrees, including grilled Atlantic salmon and beef teriyaki. These kitchen gurus extend their culinary skills beyond the Asian variety, also preparing North American fare such as burgers, pizzas, tacos, and quesadillas.
The folks behind Baracoa Lounge describe Cuban food as "Spanish food with soul." But there's another key ingredient that makes the lounge a memorable venue: romance. After starting with 6-oz pours of wines from around the globe, visitors can share bites from small plates and write upside-down love notes on the tablecloth beneath twinkling Edison bulbs. The tapas-style offerings include ceviche, crispy croquettes, and fried plantains, or "tostones," that add a dash of sweetness to supper. Larger entrees are also available, from savory ropa vieja to the signature Cubano sandwich.
Tapping into expertise accumulated during 20 years in business, cooks at Greenhouse Cafe craft made-from-scratch sauces for sandwiches, pastas, and salads. They pull turkey breast and slices of french bread from a grill, covering the whole thing with tomato, avocado, provolone, and a housemade italian dressing. Fettuccini, linguini, penne, or angel-hair noodles are covered in Cajun seasonings, alfredo sauce, and shrimp like a bad public speaker at a culinary school.