Even with the football game glowing on the 20-plus HD flat screens, you can't help but glance over when a dish emerges from the kitchen at Nicky's Restaurant Sports Bar. The sizzling seafood and juicy steaks give off an enticing aroma that can be a challenge to ignore. Chef Julio Renderos masterminds the full menu, folding fresh ingredients into the seafood specialties and favorites such as fiery wings, ribs, burgers, and tender lobster tails. Meanwhile, friendly bartenders take charge of the lengthy wooden bar, doling out frosty pints of draft beer and premium mixed drinks. Nicky's also offers free WiFi as well as buzztime trivia and Texas hold 'em nights.
To help ensure freshness and flavor, the chicken at Chick n Chop is never frozen. Each carefully selected cut is coated with the kitchen's signature blend of seasonings and sauces before making its way into Mediterranean-style dishes such as stuffed pitas, grilled chicken salads, and chicken piccata.
The restaurant is known for its grill-n-chops, succulent chunks of white-meat chicken tossed with accompaniments such as Greek olives, peperoncini, and feta. Top them off with a variety of inventive sauces, ranging from spicy curry mustard to robust Mediterranean garlic. Non-poultry offerings include eggplant parmigiana, creole-style beef picadillo, and tilapia with artichoke hearts. Catering services are also available.
Beneath the colorful toques on their heads, hibachi chefs flip and sauté meat and vegetables on their tabletop grills, smiling as they conjure the occasional bursts of flame during lively cooking routines. That’s just one scene at SooWoo Japanese Steakhouse—across the restaurant, sushi chefs slice ribbons of fish and vegetables and roll them into California and spicy tuna rolls. Basketball fans can celebrate the city’s 2012 NBA championship with the specialty Miami Heat roll, which includes slices of shrimp tempura, crab, and cream cheese. SooWoo also whips up Korean dishes, such as bulgogi and pork belly.
Though Indonesian food is known for being far spicier than Thai, both cuisines share many ingredients in common, including coconut milk and galangal root. At Indo Quest Restaurant, these culinary traditions are paired on a menu that The Miami Herald hails as "diverse" and "complex." Specialties include fried sweet plantains and zesty coconut curries chockfull of proteins such as chicken or beef. Thai-wise, they toss fixings such as shrimp or tofu with pad see-ew noodles and spicy versions of Thai-style fried rice. These dishes are enjoyed in Indo Quest's cozy dining room, where feasts unfold amidst verdant plants and a mix of Indonesian and Thai art.
The more than 100 dishes on Yummy Asian Grill’s menu span the culinary traditions of China, Japan, and Thailand. The menu's sections are broken up by protein, ranging from general tso chicken and cashew beef to thai green-curry shrimp and mu shu pork. On the sushi front, the signature Diana roll combines spicy tuna, cucumber, cream cheese, spicy mayo, and tempura flakes in a cylinder of rice packed tighter than a sleeping bag rolled by a Boy Scout who's just had his first cup of coffee. Sushi chefs also whip up the fried-bagel roll, stuffed with salmon, cream cheese, and scallions in a sheet of seaweed, then deep-fry the ensemble for a crispy shell.