When crafting his signature maritime dishes at KC's Seafood Restaurant, chef and owner KC Lam draws from years of experience as the chef at Chinatown-staple Sea Garden. But mostly, he enjoys the creative control he now wields over his culinary creations, a fact evidenced in each dish’s presentation. An appetizer sampler, for example, features sashimi arranged in concentric circles, encouraging groups of diners to attack the dish from all sides and nosh their way toward the center. Oysters are equally impressive, served on the half shell with sides of soy sauce and wasabi, while entrees win taste buds over with flavorful creations like salt and pepper pork chops, honey walnut shrimp, and a whole fried fish served with a zesty soy sauce.
The well-traveled pastry chef at Royale Cafe & Bakery's daily, scratch-made selection of pastries fits neatly beneath a small glass counter. The presentation, though, incorporates culinary techniques learned from across the globe via seven years of training and travel. The chef rises early each morning to bake everything from savory souffl? to mini chocolate cheesecake tarts and nutella-filled croissants. These treats come alongside homemade soups, hot paninis, and gourmet salads. Baristas also prepare artful espresso drinks to accompany them, such as mochas and lattes topped with foamy images of flowers, leaves, and hot milk in coffee.
The best food begins with the best ingredients, or so said mythical figure Johnny Mucho. Legend has it that the owners of Mucho Burrito Fresh Mexican Grill knew zilch about Mexican food until they met Johnny. His love of food was so infectious that they created Mucho Burrito with his family recipes as their inspiration. Thanks to generations’ worth of expertise, the cooks at Mucho Burrito’s incorporate gourmet touches that you wouldn’t expect at a typical taco joint. For instance, they pack their gigantic burritos with shredded beef or pork that slow roasts in mexican spices for eight hours before hitting the tortilla. They make their guacamole and five salsas fresh each morning, when the sun is at the proper angle for blessing salsas. Their salads arrive nestled in bowls formed by fresh-baked tortilla shells. To turn up the heat, customers can slather their grub in one of five signature sauces, which range from Johnny's Sweet Heat to Death by Johnny Megahot.
At Shuga Jazz Bistro, chefs whip up Southern, Cajun, and international comfort foods sourced from local ingredients, all while jazz musicians serenade the crowd. This eclectic menu comes from the mind of Chef Wayne Johnson, a Kentucky native who developed a taste for international flavors while traveling the world as an Army brat. Today he uses his refined palate and more than three decades in the restaurant industry?including an appearance on Iron Chef ?to perfect dishes such as cajun chicken linguine, filet mignon with a blue cheese demi-glace, and fried chicken. Diners pair these plates with expertly mixed cocktails, each garnished with a dash of smoothness. On top of that, live jazz is available on select nights; click here for information about performances.
Although roughly 1,000 different entrees can be sampled at Chang's Mongolian Grill, diners won't need to peruse a menu as thick as a phone book. Instead, you get to peruse the all-you-can-eat food bar and fill a bowl with your choice of meats, vegetables, and noodles. A helpful chart recommends tried-and-true combinations, but guests are free to experiment, mixing and matching sauces as they see fit.
For the final step, the chefs take each bowl and pour its contents onto a large, circular grill in the center of the open kitchen. They shuffle and slide each order around the magma-heated grill until every last morsel is evenly seared, then sweep everything onto a waiting plate. All you'll need to do is take it back to your table and enjoy the freshly grilled meal. Additional sides of soup, rice, or crepes are also available.
At Vanishing Veins Northwest, board-certified radiologists and nurse practitioners act as reverse artists, erasing the unsightly scribbles of spider and varicose veins. They typically administer noninvasive or minimally invasive treatments such as EVLT—Endovenous Laser Therapy—which closes varicose veins by applying laser energy to the affected tissues. Alternatively, sclerotherapy sessions address spider veins with an injected solution that causes the vessel walls to swell up, blocking blood flow and leading to the vein’s collapse and disappearance without it first spelling out "Nooooo!" Both procedures entail short recovery periods and include detailed medical evaluations. After their treatments, patients can benefit from reduced leg discomfort and the boost in confidence that comes with clearer skin.