Large windows, long tables, and Mediterranean murals on the walls set the scene for The Sultan’s menu of authentic Turkish Mediterranean dishes. Within this casual environment, guests dine on ground-chicken-breast kebabs, beef shawarma pitas, and braised lamb shank, all cooked hot and served quickly. To amp up the authenticity and further festive vibes, once a month the restaurant becomes their featured belly dancer’s personal dance floor.
A grinning, toga-clad mascot hoists dinner entrees above his head on Funny Greek's illuminated outdoor sign, and pops out from a ship's steering wheel against the waves of the Aegean on the menu of Greek and American entrees. Soft, sliced pita bread envelopes beef tenderloin, chicken gyro meat, or crisp falafel topped with cucumber sauce and vegetables. The kitchen staff also prepares hot dogs with chili and cheese or Chicago style with hot peppers, tomatoes, and neon relish scooped from the jar by a gust of wind. Traditional Greek desserts, such as walnut, cinnamon, pecan, or chocolate-chip baklava, end meals on a sweet note.
From the seaweed salad speckled with fresh mango to the garlic shrimp tossed with fresh pineapple, the dishes at Sakana seamlessly integrate bursts of sweet flavor. Behind the sushi bar, chefs slice fresh fish such as tuna and salmon, then rest the slivers over beds of sticky rice or roll them up inside a variety of maki and hand rolls. For those looking for steamier meals, chefs toss ingredients into searing-hot woks, cook salmon over hibachi grills, and build mini fires by rubbing together dried lo mein noodles.
The personable baristas at 5 Bean Coffee handcraft a caffeine-laden menu of hot, iced, and frozen beverages, crafted using locally roasted Crimson Cup coffee. Gradually stoke sleepwalking brains with a cup of freshly brewed joe ($1.60–$1.95) or restart frozen-flavor sensors by upgrading to a 5 Bean mocha ($3.10–$4.05), or vanilla latte ($2.90–$3.85). A chilly frozen-chai latte puts the freeze on sass-talking tongues ($3.60–$4) and a fruit smoothie helps fulfill the day’s un-meat requirements with a creamy sippable concoction ($3.80–$4.30).
Genji’s menu of traditional hibachi-style grill cuisine fires up the senses with a memorable dining experience that focuses on a sizzling grill and skilled chef dazzling diners with knife wielding dexterity. Stop in for lunch or dinner, grab a drink, listen to the fragrant aromas, and savor a helping of Genji sesame chicken ($15.99, dinner menu only), calamari ($5.99), or a N.Y. steak and scallops dinner ($19.99, dinner menu only). All dinners include a Japanese Shoyu soup, Genji salad, shrimp appetizer, vegetables, steamed rice, and tableside entertainment. Gaze at the grill in wonder, or simply watch the culinary flames flicker your pocket-sized scrying pool.