Ticas with a Twist is two Costa Rican girls, who are referred to as "Ticas,? with the twist being that they specialize in Mediterranean cuisine. Most of the menu is strictly Mediterranean with traditional dishes such as gyros and moussaka, and pasta dishes dressed with feta or cilantro. Other dishes include crispy empanadas, fragrant arroz con pollo, and sticky-sweet housemade flan.
Teeming with scenic views of the Genesee River, Pane Vino's sunny brick dining room connects to a kitchen where chefs blend fresh ingredients into Italian-American lunches and dinners. Executive chef Kirk Smith, the newest addition to the kitchen, joins executive chef Darrell Madison in whisking up the restaurant's upscale menu, churning out his own handcrafted pasta, sausage, and ice cream. Additionally, chef Billy Grana of Grana's Restaurant contributes to the eatery's offerings by assembling housemade soups and sauces. Together, the culinary team feeds patrons both on romantic dates or at big private events by plating grilled pizzas, spaghetti carbonara, new york strip steak, and pan-seared sea scallops. And on Thursdays and Fridays, live music turns dinner into a complete night out.
The Original Crab Shack hauls in fresh fish, crab, lobster, shrimp, and clams every day from the ports of Boston Harbor, often getting the seafood in less than 12 hours after it comes off the boats. In the kitchen, cooks transform the catches into seafood through the power of steam or a fryer, filling pots with clams and lobster or baskets with tender fried shrimp and clam strips. Behind their full bar, which is decorated with fairy lights and nautical décor such as anchors, cheery bartenders pour beers or wine and mix specialty cocktails. Light blue walls, punctuated with Cape Cod–style windows, surround the interior of Crab Shack, which is filled with small tables as well as two 10-seater farm tables in the center of the room.
At Char Broil Family Restaurant, the Tette family welcomes visitors to feasts of old-fashioned comfort food, from creamy new england clam chowder on Fridays to plates of spaghetti and meatballs or new york strip steak. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and Char Broil Family Restaurant acts like it. The kitchen team prepares fresh eggs with ham or corned-beef hash, veggie and cheese-infused omelets, or towering stacks of buttermilk pancakes with bacon and sausage links. For later meals, they make meaty cheeseburgers and deli sandwiches or one of 10 seafood entrees such as lemony broiled haddock. And like any real diner or fictional prison, Char Broil Family Restaurant proudly serves pie.
Within his cozy, red-brick restaurant, chef CJ Grimes and his staff dole out Southern homestyle dishes from a rotating menu. Regular offerings of pork chops and fried catfish or haddock couple with sides of collard greens, seafood gumbo, and dirty rice, and daily specials tempt taste buds toward savory servings of ox tail, barbecue pork spare ribs, or meatloaf. The cozy dining area welcomes visitors to warm up their appetites and fork-tossing arms with games of pool and darts, and the friendly staff and homey atmosphere may inspire groups to linger longer while enjoying a daily dessert such as peach cobbler or pumpkin cream-cheese cake.
In the historic, three-story Spring House, Monroe's Restaurant surrounds patrons with hardwood floors and chandelier lighting as they taste savory family recipes. Where ballroom dancers once glided across spring floors, high-backed booths now cozy up next to a fireplace, warming up diners as they explore lunch plates of paninis and flatbread pizza. Chefs arrange colorful dinner dishes of filet mignon and housemade gnocchi soaked in a sauce of your choice alongside salads of baby arugula, crispy pancetta, goat cheese, dried cranberries, and a port wine vinaigrette. Occasional live entertainment wafts music into the air around the dark wood of the bar, exposed-brick pillars, and diners sampling sips from an expansive wine menu.