Inside the tandoor ovens at Taj-India, sizzling morsels of paneer melt to a crisp yet tender finish, rows of vegetables on a shish kabob receive intense flavor, and naan stuffed with a range of savory fillings emerges fluffy and ready for the table. The one thing you won't find, however, is meat. That's because the chefs at Taj-India decided to focus on vegetarian culinary traditions of India. They use recipes from numerous regions of India, from the tandoor tradition of the North to the South Indian dosas served with a coconut chutney. To pare down their menu's spiciness without offering replacement taste buds, they also create a range of cooling desserts such as kulfi?an Indian ice cream. More unique flavors can be found as well, such as rose-flavored milk drink made with basil seeds, rice vermicelli, and ice cream.
Growing up on the Greek island of Karpathos, siblings George and John Kostis fell in love with cooking by helping prepare the region's traditional dishes for family feasts. Upon arriving in the United States, the brothers opened their first restaurant in the 1970s, and have continued refining and showcasing their culinary flair ever since. At their latest eatery, the Italian-focused Ristorante Al Fresco, the duo toss pastas with housemade sauces and blends of secret spices. During lunch, they even make room for Greek favorites such as housemade gyro sandwiches or wraps filled ground lamb and tzatziki sauce.
Delicate, crispy crepe edges give way to a tender pastry center. Each paper-thin bite reveals a hidden filling such as lemon and sugar, nutella, or italian sausage. Le Cafe Creperie’s chefs have perfected their art with a five-step process: patrons can watch as cooks pour, spin, and flip their crepe, fill it with sweet or savory ingredients, then fold it to trap in the luscious flavors. Beyond crepes, Le Cafe also serves their own flatbread creations, "nanzzas." These unique pizzas are made with a foundation of Tandoori-naan flatbread and come baked in nine varieties such as pesto basil, spinach and chicken, chicken asiago, Mediterrranean, and tomato basil.
Cuisine Type: Italian-American Cuisine
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 5?10
Parking: Free street parking
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Pizza Warehouse's chefs spend their days crafting sixteen specialty pies and an equal number of stuffed stromboli for hungry diners, but they don't stop there. Cooks also whip up burgers, pasta, and even seafood platters, in addition to perpetually popular hot sandwiches such as cheesesteaks. Additionally, they prepare breakfast eats such as omelets for early risers and those who foolishly forgot to refrigerate their leftover pizza so they could eat it cold in the morning.
A healthy, friendly and eclectic Northern Liberties spot, Soy Café serves up an extensive number of salads, soups, wraps and sandwiches. With many dishes that are vegan and allergy-friendly, you can feel good about ordering the seaweed and cucumber salad, the artichoke and tomato sandwich or the grilled soy-cheese sandwich. Seafood and turkey pop up on the menu as well, such as in the pineapple and shrimp salad and the scallion tuna sandwich. The walls are painted in colorful stripes like rays of the sun, topped off with fluffy clouds and a row of green vines; guests tend to linger at one of the communal tables in the back room over an organic coffee, a glass or fresh-squeezed juice or one of the fifteen smoothies. Cupcakes, cookies and brownies are homemade and vegan.
Zento Contemporary Japanese Cuisine's signature square sushi or peking-duck hand roll pairs well with selections from the sake bar, and the chefs' whimsically flavorful preparations have earned nominations for Best Sushi from CityVoter. The restaurant has also garnered a Zagat rating of 26/30 for its breadth of flavors, which diners can explore as they rest in a space rife with colorful history: the warm walnut accents and handmade leather banquettes are reminiscent of its time as a turn-of-the-century wholesale teahouse, and towering brick walls and love notes written on kites remain from the building?s origin as the house of Benjamin Franklin?s mistress. As eyes ascend toward the ceiling 40 feet overhead, they alight upon a custom-designed, three-tiered chandelier and a two-story feature wall boasting panels whose tooled leather recalls vintage wallpaper designs.