Winner of multiple awards, Steel Trolley Diner's succulent stable of signature burgers ($6.29 each) is enhanced by symphonic sauces and fresh-cut fries ($1.20 extra). The Marley burger bathes a patty in Jamaican jerk sauce and orange-chipotle mayonnaise, and the Elvis burger derives its flavor from the same bacon, peanut butter, and banana-jam recipe the King used as shampoo. The eatery's kitchen craftsmen traditionally mold each burger's midsection with a half-pound ground-beef patty but will gladly supplant meaty disks with a vegetarian Boca burger, tasty turkey burger, grilled chicken breast, or a printed-out photograph of a burger for no extra charge.
Clarencedale Cake’s creations range from four-tiered wedding cakes dotted with elegant roses, to neon-green cupcakes and edible ladybugs. Professional artists design custom cakes for birthdays, weddings, and other special occasions, each of which is nothing less than a unique work of art. They can sculpt a football-helmet cake for a birthday party, or a cake shaped like a Tiffany box for a bridal shower. But customers can drop in for everyday indulgences, too—the bakery keeps a case stocked with cupcakes, cookies, and pastries in a variety of rotating flavors, as well as seasonal specialities such as turkey cupcakes and heart-shaped cookies.
Beneath sparkling chandeliers, the interior of Bombay Star glows in tones of deep red and black, and the air fills with the aromatic spices of the northern Indian food cooked by a chef who was trained in a five-star hotel in Mumbai.
Each day, the dining room fills during the lunch hour, when a colorful buffet is stocked with steaming curries and a variety of meats and veggies. During dinner, guests order individual dishes off the full menu, which features dishes baked in a tandoor or charcoal clay oven, as well as classics such as aloo gobi, lamb tikka masala, and shrimp vindaloo.
The Original Roadhouse‘s chefs use a wood-burning fire to cook the many steaks, chicken, ribs, and wings served each day. Meats are paired with a choice of sides, tucked between slices of bread, or placed in a bed of lettuce and toppings. Two nights a week, the chefs whip up hordes of wings in more than 40 flavors, including mild ranch, Cajun garlic, and hot barbecue. Friday fish nights welcome guests to eat as much deep-fried fish as can fit into their belly and second papier-mâché belly.
Maggie's Magic Muffin House bewitches humdrum mouths with an assortment of house-made pastry pop-ups in original flavors, baked fresh daily. With more than 55 palate-pleasing flavors making rotating appearances, bakery patrons can build their collection of a dozen muffins with such taste-bud-ticklers as Cinnamon Girl, Banana and Walnut Anticipation, pumpkin pie, and the heart high-fiving bran muffin. Bear-hugging each sweet tooth, the Abbey Road blends together a chocolate muffin, chocolate chips, and chocolate fudge drizzled in a halo of marshmallows, and the Miss American pie, a streusel muffin woven together with apples and spices, induces flashbacks of bobby-socked school dances and spontaneous musical numbers during math class.
The Flaming Ice Cube might as well be a good vibes factory. Part cafe, gift shop, and yarn shop, visitors can stop in for a veggie burger, knitting lesson, or soy candle. At the cafe, chefs craft homemade vegan plates from a menu that includes a BBQ chick'n sandwich and brown rice bowls layered with asian vegetables, marinated organic tempeh, and the cafe's signature plum sauce. Meanwhile, instructors get needles moving at knitting classes, during which participants learn knitting basics or more advanced techniques for creating hats, scarves, and impractical bikinis.