Before they go through different spicy, sweet, and tangy transformations in the kitchen, every dish at Andy Nguyen's Restaurant begins as a farmers' market purchase. The staff seeks out the freshest ingredients for the Vietnamese menu and cooks them in pure vegetable oil, producing five-spice chicken, saigon silky noodles with charbroiled shrimp, and customizable stir-fries. Unlike pandas hosting a dinner party, the cooks offer guests a choice between vegetarian or meat options on most dishes. The house specials range from salt-baked calamari to a steam-pot seafood medley, which includes shrimp, mussels, clams, scallops, and veggies. After choosing a protein for their entree—sautéed chicken, pork, beef, or shrimp—guests can also choose from several types of sauces and fixings, such as curry, sweet and sour sauce, and lemongrass.
At first glance, Rosie’s Country Kitchen seems like a classic American diner, with rows of vinyl booths, cheerful uniformed waitresses bearing pots of coffee, and an all-day breakfast menu of homemade skillets and flapjacks. But after a swift perusal of the menu—marked mainly by classic American burgers, steaks, and fried-chicken dishes—the pages reveal a unique, spicy lining of authentic Indian cuisine. Chefs demonstrate their culinary prowess by whipping up curries, vindaloos, and basmati-rice dishes between orders of biscuits and gravy and country potatoes. And then they pair their plates with milkshakes, beer, and wine, all served in a sunlight-soaked interior.
Cinnamon-glazed apples, crispy bacon, and vanilla ice cream are just a few of the toppings available to enhance classic and specialty waffles at Waffle Shop Country Cooking. Along with their eponymous food, the chefs create homestyle morning favorites such as breakfast burritos and biscuits and gravy, plus burgers, sandwiches, and salads for lunch. They also make a healthy omelets and soups fresh on a daily basis. The eatery’s nine different locations enable customers to eat nine plates of waffles in a 24-hour span without anyone catching on—unless you start to turn into a waffle, with a golden grid pattern on your face.
The flavors of the Mediterranean and India infuse the selections on Cafe Nirvana's otherwise typical cafe menu of deli sandwiches and salads. A specialty sandwich laced with spicy tandoori chicken and pepper jack cheese gives tastebuds a kick with little cumin-covered spurs, while strips of gyro meat cool off with housemade tzatziki sauce. On the roster of coffee drinks, chai is crafted from a special house recipe, rich with the scent of Indian spices and brewed fresh daily.
Finding Central Station Grill is as simple as following the aromas of slow-cooked ribs, chicken, pulled pork, brisket, and hot links all the way back to the restaurant's meat-filled smoker. These savory meats arrive at diners' tables with a glaze of sauce, a piece of jalape?o cornbread, and a selection of classic, homemade sides, such as potato salad, coleslaw, or baked beans. However, the menu of familiar home-cooking isn't limited to barbecue. Upon reaching the front counter, guests are also tempted by a selection of cheesesteaks, deli-style sandwiches, wings, burgers, and chili-cheese dogs. Central Station Grill's dining area is no less inviting and family-friendly. Burgundy-hued chairs surround casual tables, framed black-and-white photos adorn the walls, and the refrigerator door is covered with the standout report cards of the restaurant's regulars.
A trio of Buddha statues gazes calmly at the entrance to Little Buddha Thai Bistro, as if awaiting the arrival of enlightenment. But before 6 p.m. on weeknights or 7 p.m. on Saturdays, it's restaurant patrons who arrive instead, taking seats at dark wood tables within the eatery's pale gray walls. In the kitchen, main-dish morsels of chicken or beef simmer in coconut milk or sizzle as they're stir-fried in a wok. Appetizers such as skewered satay arrive to prime palates. And in the dining room, thai wraps—stuffed with a choice of fillings such as shrimp and sweet coconut rice—echo the cylindrical shape of hanging lamps and warp pipes used for day trips to Bangkok.