Since greasing its first lane in 1958, Lariat Lanes has spent the past half century serving its community with family-friendly bowling and entertainment. Located just a short distance from downtown Minneapolis, the pin-punishing emporium touts a lineup of 12 ultrasleek lanes that lend their surfaces to leagues, parties, and daily sessions of open bowling. Memorabilia adorns the alley's walls to create a timeline of storied collectibles, including keepsakes signed by the Rolling Stones, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, and the Beastie Boys. In between evading gutters and matchbox cars using the lanes as a drag strip, guests can refuel with hot dogs, wings, and nachos at the restaurant or sip sodas and beers in the bar, where local sports games illuminate TV screens.
Cha gio, or egg rolls, are perhaps one of the most recognizable dishes in Vietnamese cuisine. At Vina Restaurant, this traditional dish is wrapped in rice paper and fried before it is served with fish sauce. The menu continues from here to numerous other dishes, including hot spicy chicken, beef-sauteed potatoes, various stir-fried plates, and the popular Vietnamese Pho soup. Vegetarian meals are plentiful—fried rice, kung pao mock duck, tofu—but so are meat and seafood options. Try one of the rice noodle salads, or the fresh Vietnamese chow mien.
Though it's known for its molcajetes—Mexican hot stone bowls prepared with special salsas—El Tejaban Mexican Grill also whips up more than 150 other dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Specialty house margaritas soothe palates after spicy helpings of nachos or Huatulco pizzas covered in beans, Mexican sausage, and pico de gallo. For a new take on intoxicating flavors, guests can dive into the camarones 1800, an entrée that spotlights tender shrimp spiked with your choice of tequila or 100-proof truth serum.
Chez Daniel executive chef Wilver Sanchez interprets the cuisine of France with an eye for artful presentation, simple and fresh ingredients, and a creative sensibility. Attentive servers welcome diners with appetizing small plates, covering nude tables with plump escargot baked in garlic butter and house-smoked salmon toast. Lobster ravioli is tossed with saut?ed mushrooms before making a dazzling midmeal entrance in a mantle of roasted artichokes and lobster-tarragon sauce, while filet mignon is served with potatoes and a classic b?arnaise sauce. Chez Daniel also features a list of weekly specials. The dining room's exposed-brick, lofty archways, and elaborately adorned tables entice customers with an atmosphere as elegant as a tablecloth woven from Charlemagne?s beard.
Mediterranean Grill’s authentic kebabs, fresh hummus, and overflowing pitas have earned it not just one but six Best Middle Eastern awards from Creative Loafing—including those for 2012, 2010, and 2009—as well as a gushing news profile by CBS Atlanta. The eatery’s chefs earned these laudations by charbroiling tender cubes of sirloin and chicken, frying falafel patties to the perfect crisp, and layering phyllo dough with a blend of spinach, feta, and ricotta for spanakopita triangles that precisely illustrate the Pythagorean theorem. Guests can sit down to eat their wraps and kebab plates at the intimate dining room’s two-person tables and booths or call ahead to place orders for pickup, delivery, or catering.
Opa! Souvlaki's intuitive menu presents combo platters and à la carte dishes filled with healthful Greek fare at more than 75 locations in Canada, the Mall of America, and Paradise Valley Mall in Phoenix. Chefs skewer beef, chicken, lamb, and shrimp onto anything from toothpicks to fencing foils, then grill it to a crisp perfection in souvlaki dishes. The meats may come wrapped in a warm pita, drizzled in tzatziki sauce, and served with veggie-rich salads or fries seasoned with lemon juice, oregano, and salt. Opa! Souvlaki's website proudly displays the nutritional information and middle name of each dish.