Made-to-order deli sandwiches, cheesesteaks, and hoagies filled with homemade tuna salad or first-cut corned beef anchor the menu at Not Just Sandwiches. But, as the name implies, there's more to the restaurant than meats and breads. Each day, cooks prepare homemade pastas, seafood, and soups as well as selections from a full breakfast menu, all of which are served in a cozy dining area. They cater as well, supplying get-togethers with steaming trays of chicken parmesan, meatballs in a homemade marinara sauce, and garlic mashed potatoes that can feed up to 30 people or appease the monsters in your basement for one more night.
Striving to highlight the diversity of India’s regional cuisine, the cooks at Mehek Restaurant have mastered vegetarian, seafood, lamb, chicken, and rice dishes from across the subcontinent. The eatery’s name, which means “aroma,” serves as a playful tribute to the way each creation from the expansive menu sates several senses at once. Kebabs, vindaloos, masalas, and biryanis can all be ordered with various proteins, and glasses of mango lassi cool off spicy bites. Mehek also offers a buffet rich with options for vegetarians, meat-eaters, and those on strict naan diets.
Diners at Formosa Asian Cuisine certainly can't complain about a lack of choices: more than 100 pad thai, fried rice, and curry dishes fill the menu, which is organized into beef, chicken, pork, and seafood categories. Quite a few of the dishes turn up the heat—the Dragon & Phoenix tosses jumbo shrimp and general tso's chicken in chili sauce—and others deliver crispy textures, such as the deep-fried duck. Diners savor these meals and sip BYOB beverages in a dining room replete with tasteful touches from pale-pink seating and blond-wood accents to linen napkins folded to eerily resemble your favorite Beatle.
Ruby's Diner has dedicated more than 25 years to dishing up mouthwatering menus of all-American grilled goodies, served in an old-fashioned atmosphere replete with a highly trained staff and lightning-fast service. Fix fangs into a third of a pound of all-natural USDA Choice beef from grass-fed, hormone-free cows with the hickory burger, bursting with thick-cut hickory-smoked bacon, steak-cut onion rings, melted cheddar, and tangy barbecue sauce ($9.99). A refillable bounty of Ruby's famous fries accompanies all burgers and sandwiches and boasts zero trans-fats, and those willing to dish out an extra dollar and an exaggerated pronunciation of the word "spicy" can opt to spicy up frisky frites with garlic, Cajun, and parmesan-blue spices.
Judy's on Cherry fills dinner plates, lunch plates, and small-but-supportive tapas plates with Mediterranean-inspired, fine dining flair. Like most children who take pottery classes, chef, owner, and Reading native Judy Henry tends a 6,000-pound ceramic oven, where most of the menu items emerge. Evening diners choose from an array of 15 diminutive dishes, such as roasted asparagus bundles, adorned simply with sea salt, lemon aioli, and parmesan ($7.95), or spicy, stouthearted papas bravas, combining fingerling potatoes, large shrimp, and cured chorizo ($10.95). Thin, crispy-crusted chicken saltimbocca pizza leaps out of the hearth-fire oven screaming about being tasty ($10.95), the balsamic braised-lamb shank relaxes in a bed of creamy cheese polenta with roasted cipollini onion pillows ($25.95), and the frenched pork chop gets tipsy on a peach-bourbon glaze and admits a crush on its lyonnaise potato and swiss chard platemates ($19.95).