Ropa vieja slow-simmered in garlic and spices from Old San Juan transports taste buds to the island of Puerto Rico, but not just the well-known tourist attractions. The menu delivers authentic tastes of Puerto Rico from its well-trod beaches to its tropical jungles. To set the scene, an indoor tree spreads its branches over the dining room and cave-like stone shelves store glasses and flatware. Servers blend cocktail mixes with BYOB libations at a bar that's offset by a wall of water trickling over stacked gray stones. Flat-screen TVs play sports highlights or the tree's favorite talk shows, and karaoke offers live entertainment once a month.
Brushed Tanning Studio's skilled spray-gun wielders provide a healthy alternative to traditional sun worship with UV-free sunless-tanning treatments. Using an FDA approved, 100% organic formula derived from raw sugar cane, certified technicians carefully cover every curve and contour with a golden glow that gradually appears over the course of 24 hours. The entire process takes as little as 10 minutes and lasts an average of 7–10 days, though results can last up to two weeks for clients who exfoliate sparingly or are particularly adept at time travel.
Victor's Maywood Inn's extensive dinner menu spans culinary continents, with dishes drawn from American, Italian, Spanish, and French traditions. Begin dinner with an order of crabmeat-stuffed mushrooms ($8.50). Fresh, thin-crust pizzas, such as the fresh diced-tomato and basil pie (16", $14.95), satiate circular-supper cravings, eliminating the need for another meal comprised solely of cookies. Entrees such as the fettuccini Sinatra, with cream sauce, scallops, shrimp, and crab tossed in imported pasta ($20.95), include trips to the bounteous salad bar. Chicken and veal entrees are cooked in a choice of seven international styles, such as veal San Miguel, sautéed and stacked with thinly sliced eggplant, ripe tomatoes, and melted fontina cheese ($21.95). For New-World flavor, Victor's quintessential American burger tramples taste buds with a half-pound longhorn sirloin patty and a side of fries ($12.95).
Named for one of Malaysia's states, Penang Malaysian & Thai Cuisine reflects the diverse history of that region in its eclectic bill of fare. The menu sates appetites with a selection of more than 100 dishes, all showcasing a blend of Chinese, Malaysian, and Thai spices and cooking techniques. Appetizers of roti canai—crispy Indian-style pancakes served with curry-chicken dipping sauce—might share table space with Malay beef satay, marinated in spicy peanut sauce and skewered on bamboo sticks. The house special, Thai basil chicken, serves up chicken with bell peppers, onion, and chili in a tasty Thai basil sauce.