At The Beale, the rhythmic riffs of live-blues music float alongside aromatic scents of pit-smoked barbecue. To launch meals, diners can review or translate the café’s menu into Pig Latin before reeling in the Cajun-battered crawfish ($7.99) that populate platters of mudbugs. The half-pound Santa Fe burger totes a redolent cargo of monterey jack and peppers ($8.99), while slow-smoked pork ($13.99) and blackened delmonico steak ($18.99) step out from behind a grill’s billows. Apple-cider-glazed chicken breast comes with a sweet-potato crust ($12.99 for one breast, $15.99 for two), making for a culinary harmony unseen since the California Raisins dominated the airwaves. Capsize feisty appetites with the seafood creole, a sizzling lineup of shrimp, crawfish and deep-sea scallops ($19.99), or attempt to tackle the Concert ($39.99), which harbors enough whitefish, crawfish, brisket and pork ribs to feed two people or 0.14 Mark McGwires.
Despite its distance from the Caribbean, the aroma of grilled plantains and seafood inside Havana Cabana firmly plants diners in a laid-back island oasis. The signature house paella, for one, gathers specialties from the region into one dish with a dizzying combination of scallops, shrimp, calamari, clams, chorizo, and chicken. Roasted Caribbean lobster tail is another crowd pleaser, simply plated with spinach, diced veggies, and a hot scampi butter sauce. But there's another reason people flock to spend time here?the rum. With more than 100 varieties, it's no surprise that bartenders here are experts on how to serve and mix the Caribbean spirit, even offering advice on pairings. Rum flights also give guests the chance to mix and match three rums, whether they want to sample the differences between a spiced, aged, and white rum or to test the social acceptability of using one as a dipping sauce for plantains.
Crepes in San Francisco. Butter chicken in Toronto. The organizers behind Dishcrawl connect people with the local dining scenes of cities across the United States and Canada. They do this in two ways?first, through Dishcrawls, which are self-guided tours to an array of restaurants. Dishcrawl's second method highlights single restaurants through special dinners, giving chefs a chance to dazzle visits with their favourite dishes.
Amaya Bar & Grill’s chefs craft a menu of authentic Indian salads, tandoori entrees, seafood spreads, and rice dishes made from locally sourced produce and meats. Savory scents from traditional tandoor grills waft through the earth-toned dining digs as chefs sizzle up succulent meats, including the marinated tandoori lamb chops ($18) and seekh kebab ($12). To prepare the Amaya shrimp dab, chefs bathe scores of jumbo tiger shrimp in coconut milk before reading them a bedtime story and serving them in a coconut shell ($15). Herbivore-friendly eats, such as the onion-tempered potatoes and cauliflower in the aloo gobi entree ($10), quell veggie cravings more effectively than gargling with chlorophyll.
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.