Nagoya Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi's well-traveled owners, Mel and Barb Ayers, unite the culinary artistry of Japan with chefs selected from around America for their talents and showmanship. The result—set in a convivial restaurant with an outdoor patio and tableside hibachi grills—draws a bridge between the artistic elegance of Japanese cuisine and the family-friendly atmosphere of an American steakhouse. Meats sizzle on hibachi grills as chefs perform knife and spatula tricks for dazzled onlookers, who must refrain from leaning in too close lest a tower of onions suddenly catches fire. The spectacular dance of flames results in entrees of filet mignon, sea scallops, and lobster tails, all of which pair nicely with sushi such as a crab-filled california roll or a Volcano roll drizzled with fresh magma.
Embracing the old-school sentiment that a pub should be a place where friends new, old, and yet-to-be-made gather, Social. a gastropub encourages people to do just that. Seasonally changing cuisine culled from locally gathered ingredients fill the menu with comfort foods such as roast-beef sandwiches and build-your-own mac 'n' cheese, customized with various edible accoutrements. Meals are complemented by a variety of pours from the bar's rotating taps.
The chefs at Flame Asian Tapas Bar & Grill prepare tapas-size portions of Asian entrees such as panko-fried calamari and seared tea-smoked steak medallion. In addition to the tapas, the restaurant also serves full-size entrees of kung pao chicken and spicy seafood noodles in a tangy broth.
Carrying on the tradition of his father Labib Hajjar, a restaurateur who opened the original Poco Piatti location on Monroe Street, Elias Hajjar and his wife Joy have created a welcoming new space where locals can experience Mediterranean cuisine. Diners choose from Greek classics including moussaka, Italian-inspired dishes such as prosciutto crepes with basil and homemade sundried-tomato sauce, or Middle Eastern-style kabobs with swordfish or beef tenderloin. The owners have designed the interior to resemble a Spanish villa—the mural above the bar colorfully depicts rolling Mediterranean hills, and a stone oven churns out freshly baked pita bread or lights the miniature Olympic torches of waiters jogging by.
Since 1996, Labib has given back to the community as the co-chairperson of Share our Strength's Taste of the Nation Toledo, an annual food and wine event that, according to The Toledo Blade, raised more than $100,000 to help fight childhood hunger in 2011. Elias also follows in his father's community-minded footsteps by electing to source his ingredients from local suppliers.
JB?s Sarnie Shoppe?s owners, Gareth and Bruce, helm a bustling kitchen where fresh bread, baked in-house twice daily, embraces a cavalcade of hearty sandwich fillings. Guests can build their own sandwiches, referred to as sarnies, with wholesome ingredients, such as Boar?s Head meats, thick slices of cheese, and housemade roasted-red-pepper spread. The menu ventures beyond the breaded with cobb salads and creamsicle smoothies, and names items using slang from overseas: ?sarnie? (sandwich), ?crisps? (chips), ?biscuits? (cookies), and ?cookies? (biscuits). Outside of the shop, it caters any event that has at least five people capable of chewing.
Channeling the rich history and cultural charm of New Orleans' Bourbon Street, Fat Fish Blue treats customers to a potpourri of flavor and fun. The enticing dinner and specialties and desserts menus sport a super-sized satchel's worth of soul-warming sustenance, pre-heating patrons' inner Arethas with appetizers such as fried green tomatoes ($5.99) and swamp bake ($7.99), a cheesy spinach and artichoke dip. Classic Louisiana-style sandwiches range from the fried shrimp po' boy ($9.99) to the country Cajun chicken sandwich ($8.99) with blackening spice, smoky barbecue sauce, jack cheese, and onion crisps. To stay light on your carpet-cutters for an after-dinner dance, opt for some gussied-up fresh greens (starting at $4.99 for a big house salad). Or, to make sure you're safely weighed down in case a balloon salesman hands you all his merchandise, fill your belly to the brim with a serving of mumbo jambalaya ($5.59 for a small, $9.99 for a large) or southern fried chicken ($12.99) with peppercorn gravy, corn bread, mashed potatoes, and fresh veggies.