At Lucy?s Lair Fine Ethiopian Cuisine, traditional East African spices infuse a menu of authentic Ethiopian eats prepared for all diets. When not savoring an all-you-can-eat vegan buffet, vegans can customize the vegan delight platter with injera?traditional ethiopian flatbread?and four animal-free dishes such as collard greens or red lentils. Meat-eaters can opt for yebeg alicha, a mild lamb-and-green-pepper dish, or an extra-spicy doro wat plate with chicken, fresh ginger, and boiled eggs.
At brunch, Lucy?s Lair prepares other traditional Ethiopian dishes, including crushed fava beans and jalape?os, as well as Lucy?s special omelet with feta and salsa. Diners can even quench their thirsts in authentic Ethiopian fashion?chai tea and imported African beers are a few of the options.
Just as it is done in India, the chicken, lamb, and shrimp at Taj Palace marinate in a bubble of herbs and spices before cooking in the clay tandoor oven. Chefs Kunal & Max replicate the culinary flavors and techniques of India, using a traditional tandoor and simmering pots full of curry. A number of vegetarian and vegan dishes find potatoes paired with spinach and cheese cubes dunked in a spiced tomato sauce. The eatery?s banquet hall hosts wedding receptions and birthday parties, with a variety of shareable dishes and libations.
Juice it Up! began in Southern California in 1995 as a purveyor of healthy, fresh-squeezed raw juices. Now, there are more than 100 Juice it Up! storefronts across four states, and at each location, juicers transform whole vegetables and fruits into tasty blends designed to boost mental and physical health. An orange, carrot, and ginger “Awakener,” for instance, contains the vitamins essential for good vision and accurate alarm clocks, while a combination of apple, cucumber, spinach, and kale is dubbed “The Immunizer.”
Beyond juices, staff also blend fresh fruit, non-fat yogurts, and creamy sherbets into custom-created smoothies, ranging from the classic—such as strawberry-banana and pineapple punch—to power blends packed with protein powder, specialty blends made with tea and coffee, and lower-calorie "delightful" blends. They can add vitamin-packed Booya! boosts to any drink to enhance energy, memory, and immunity, and fill acai bowls with granola and fresh-sliced fruit.
Grilled cheese has become so much more than the American cheese and white bread many grew up eating. Grilled Chz celebrates this with its menu of six types of bread, six cheeses, seven flavored butters, and 30 add-ins, including grilled apples, walnuts, and sun-dried tomatoes. Cheese lovers can let their imagination run wild with a marble rye sandwich smeared with tomato pesto butter and stuffed with swiss, honey ham, and caramelized onions or grab a specialty sandwich with tried-and-true fillings.
The eatery's chefs take their love of grilled cheese even further with dessert sandwiches, which might top sweet challah bread with fresh strawberries and cream cheese. For kids, who aren't quite ready to eat gourmet grilled cheese, the chefs can whip up the classic American-and-white-bread grilled cheese?and even cut off the crust.
Chinese-style vegetable fritters soaked in a soy-based gravy. Delicate rice crepes filled with housemade cheese or coconut chutney. At Zaika Indian Cuisine, the culinary team incorporates a few of these Indo-Chinese and South Indian specialties into a menu that's mostly composed of North Indian classics. Those range from ginger- and garlic-flavored chicken slathered in cashew sauce to fish and potatoes doused in a fiery chili sauce. For vegetarian and gluten-free diners, the cooks saut? okra in traditional spices and toss veggies, dried fruits, and roasted nuts into creamy sauces. More than 10 Indian breads can accompany feasts in the dining room, where the walls are painted a bright yellow color reminiscent of turmeric or a chameleon perched on a coward's shoulder.
The bright, bubbling fountain outside Slice of Italy sets the scene for a Roman culinary experience. Inside, diners can choose from pizza, pasta, and calzones galore. From chicken parmesan to spinach-and-ricotta ravioli to veggie pies made with creamy garlic sauce, the chefs at Slice of Italy offer a whole host of classic Italian cuisine. There are also plenty of American offerings, as well, such as buffalo chicken wings, macaroni and cheese, and specialty barbecue pizza, which comes adorned with dozens of miniature American flags. The whole dinner wraps up nicely with a crispy, creamy cannoli or a rich plate of tiramisu.