Marly and Matt, who contributed their initials to M & M Pizza Bistro, use a range of fresh ingredients, as evidenced by a large selection of daily specials based purely on the morning’s market finds. The eatery’s tables populate daily with tender gnocchi, ravioli, and tortellini in thick bolognese or creamy alfredo as well pizza draped in roasted red peppers, goat cheese, meatballs, and other toppings. Wine-infused marsala and piccata dishes steam beside fresh bruschetta and garlic knots. At the counter, guests ask the cashier about fillings for a calzone or confuse it with Cal Ripken’s treehouse, The Cal Zone.
The deft chefs at Johnny Roll House roll fresh ingredients into cylindrical eats, purveying a menu of innovative sushi and Japanese entrees. Six steamed shrimp dumplings ribbon dance across tongues with an order of shumai ($5), making way for the deep-fried spring rolls of a harumaki starter ($5). Capped with a homemade sauce, the Johnny Roll ($13) layers crispy shrimp tempura and avocado atop tuna and salmon. Use sweet-heat to blast dust-bunnies out of sinus cavities with the Super Fire roll’s ($13) triumvirate of yellowtail, jalapeño, and scallion topped with seared tuna and spicy mayo. The salmon teriyaki entree ($15) girds muscles with protein and, unlike divorce papers, comes served with miso soup and salad. With vibrant rosaceous walls to complement its tasty fare, Johnny Roll House rouses sensory systems without Pavlovian reinforcement.
With a yellow, red, and black facade that looks as though it was sliced off the front of a traditional English pub, The Horse & Jockey welcomes guests inside for old-timer, public house conviviality. Once seated in front of the cozy bar or at a comfortable table, guests can peruse the extensive menu while watching a game on one of the many plasma televisions. Specialties include such barroom staples as nachos and burgers, as well as Irish dishes including bangers and mash. A beer baron's ransom of bottled and draft brews help wash down meals.
Buffalo baked chicken. Pasta carbonara. Chicken noodle soup and mashed potatoes. Fajitas and burritos. These are just a sampling of the huge range of daily hot lunch specials at Maria's Deli, where the food encompasses everything from authentic Mexican, to Italian, to Cajun. Breakfast starts bright and early at 6 a.m. throughout the week, where customers can pair their piping-hot coffee with Mexican and American specialties.
A link of an East Coast chain that's garnered acclaim from publications such as Think and The Boston Globe, Energy Kitchen only slings burgers, wraps, salads, and American dishes with less than 500 calories per serving. Its chefs opt for grilling, baking, and steaming their noshes instead of frying food in heavy oils or tongue-staining oil paints. The menu is backed by a triumvirate of wellness experts: a recipe developer with celiac disease, a nutritionist, and a fitness trainer. Each incorporates their area of expertise into low-fat, high-protein meals comprised of lean free-range beef, whole-wheat buns and wraps, and fat-free dressings that taste just as delectable as high-calorie counterparts or butter sculptures of meatloaf.