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.
As its name suggests, Eat A Pita's Greek dishes feature one key ingredient—warm, fluffy pitas. Some dishes come wrapped in the edible staple, such as the shawarma wrap with tri-tip beef, whereas others have it as a side, as seen on the falafel platter with tahini sauce. Plus, servings of hummus naturally have slices of pita to dunk into the dip. One of the only options not to feature the restaurant's namesake is the kids' chicken-nugget meal, which substitutes pita bread for french fries, as US law prohibits the consumption of one without the other.
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.
Imagine Affairs revitalizes the classic murder-mystery template with current-day touches: Scenarios reference the modern nightclub in which the audience and actors gather, and cases are cracked by CSI-style cops, not Holmesian detectives or omniscient robots. Meanwhile, the actors leaven the dire situation with doses of improv comedy and audience interaction, which lets guests become as entangled in plot twists as they want.