At Bombay Spice Grill, you don't have to grab a table to enjoy the spices and sauces of Indian cuisine. Instead, Executive Chef Sunil Kumar designed a menu full of Indian meats, tofu, curries, and toppings that can be customized into a flavorful meal-on-the-go. Though the sauces come in traditional varieties such as curry, tikka masala, spinach, and vindaloo, the preparation veers from the methods of India to create healthier dishes. Chefs eschew cooking with ghee—Indian clarified butter—and instead use olive oil for heart-healthy wraps, sandwiches, salads, and bowls. And though wraps come with a slice of freshly baked naan or roti bread, clients can opt to make their dish gluten-free by swapping out bread for quinoa or rice. Guests can even customize their dish to be vegetarian and vegan, with ingredients clearly denoted on the menu. And to pair with a main entree, they can grab traditional Indian sides such as samosas and rice pudding.
At My Big Fat Greek Restaurant, flames dance atop pieces of imported kefalograviera cheese as servers enliven the dining area with traditional Greek dances. The lively space also tickles the senses with scents of spanakopita and lamb carved straight off of the rotisserie. And in the back kitchen, dishes come together to form classic combinations such as spaghetti with meatballs and wood-fired pizzas topped with crumbled feta.
Modeled after an Old World wine cellar, WineStyles's shelves are lined with rare bottles accrued by its staff of in-house experts hailing from quality vineyards across the globe. The shop's bounty includes handcrafted gift boxes and baskets and merchandise, such as guidebooks for translating secret codes etched in cork. Along with retailing wine and imbibing gear, WineStyles's crew grants guests the opportunity to sample new pours at frequent events and two-hour tastings three nights a week. For dedicated aficionados, the chief wine taster chooses two bottles to send to wine-club members along with tasting notes that detail their origins, a winery description, and suggested food pairings.
WineTasting.org and its founder, wine expert and PBS television host Mark Phillips, enlighten budding oenophiles on the intricacies of wine tasting through a variety of media, including online classes, events, Phillips' book Swallow This, and his TV show. His sundry lessons teach devotees valuable vino insights, such as how to get wine to the right temperature, the differences between glass types, and when it's OK to drop ice cubes into glasses of white. Phillips approaches each lecture with a comedic, unpretentious attitude, ensuring that patrons can easily bolster their knowledge of the subject without having to bribe wine-bar waiters.
The Gelato Spot’s frozen-dairy hotshots merge ingredients imported from Torino, Italy, and churn a bevy of creamy gelati and sorbets daily. The gelateria’s small tongue-chilling batches have earned the shop the title of Best Frozen-Yogurt/Ice Cream Spot in AZ Central's 2011 readers’ poll, which praises the eatery’s extravagant displays and cheerful staff. Though The Gelato Spot specializes in traditional Italian flavors, such as stracciatella and amarena, they also craft American renditions such as Snickers, new york cheesecake, and salted caramel. As diners shovel in glacial delights on The Gelato Spot's heated and misted patio, they can also cruise the web with complimentary WiFi.
Rousing cheers and the celebratory clink of glasses bounce off the walls and 15 flat-screen TVs of Over Under Sports Grill, where guests can peruse a menu of homestyle pub grub. As eyes gaze up at games broadcast via DirecTV College GameDay and NFL SundayTicket, tongues savor the Gamechanger–the Grill's signature sandwich: breaded pork tenderloin, slow roasted pork, and capicola stacked with slaw and held together with adobo sauce on a kaiser roll ($10). A top-secret blend of three cheeses courses through the World’s Best mac 'n' cheese ($9), and the Papi’s Sloppy’s slow-cooked ground beef simmers in a house-made sloppy sauce ($8) as goopy and unpredictable as an episode of Double Dare. Sudsy drafts and creative cocktails sail across a burnished wood bar, coasting into the hands of diners surfing the bar’s free WiFi or tapping toes to the occasional sounds of a live crooner.