The expert chefs at Last Samurai sear, chop, and roll steak, chicken, seafood, and sushi at tableside hibachi grills and behind an intimate sushi bar. Although the expansive menu varies, recent taste-bud tickling dinner options, such as the boneless teriyaki chicken ($14.95) or grill-sizzling hibachi shrimp ($17.95), sate stomachs and help to break in new bibs. Deftly sliced seafood finds its home in Last Samurai's numerous rolls crafted at the sushi bar, such as the five pieces of chef-selected nigiri ($12.95) or the deep-fried spicy scallop roll ($10.50), which bestow a variety of tastes to fish-finagling tongues. Many of the restaurant's dinner options make starring appearances on the lunch menu, and four-sided succulence takes its form in the bento box ($10.95), filled with an egg roll, three-piece california roll, and a choice of teriyaki chicken, salmon, or hibachi shrimp. Throats weary from tableside talk or from loudly narrating the impressive feats of flame can find solace in the extensive wine and beer list.
Quiznos' toastmasters fix a fleet of submarine sandwiches using butcher-quality meats, fresh toppings, and an array of artisan breads, which they artfully assemble as you watch. Signature subs (up to a $6.49 value, though prices may vary by location) come straight from Chef Zach Calkins's gourmet cookbook. The protein-packed prime rib & peppercorn swims with sautéed onions and mozzarella, and each Baja chicken sandwich—like a bouquet of roses set on fire—fuses the sweet and the smoky. The turkey ranch & swiss arrives piled high with lettuce, tomatoes, and red onions, and a convivial quartet of cured meats bathes in red-wine vinaigrette upon the classic italian sub. Feel free to trap condiments between nine-grain wheat, rosemary parmesan, italian herb, or italian white breads, or avoid the bun concept entirely by either ordering one of five chopped salads, such as the classic cobb, or ordering your secretary to send bread's calls straight to voicemail.
Named after the hardworking Hawaiian donkeys that transported juvenile java beans through the mountains, Bad Ass Coffee brews 100% Kona Coffee imported from the Big Island. In a meticulous process, Kona beans are roasted to ensure the rich flavors didn't ditch the flight and opt for the beach. Taste buds board a plane for the Hawaiian shores at the first touch of 100% Kona Coffee, a carefully roasted cup brimming with flavors ($3.50 for 16 oz.). Latte lovers choose from more than 15 signature varieties, such as the Kreme de Kona, a bubbling brew of white and dark chocolate splashed with vanilla ($3.70 for 16 oz.), or the sweet caramel base of the Snickerlicious, a hazelnut-and-chocolate concoction ($3.20 for 12 oz.). Coffee drinkers can chew on specialty sandwiches such as the chicken salad flanked by a side of chips ($4.50) or send their incisors into a huge assortment of danishes and pastries ($1.50–$2.50).
With its vibrant, modern décor and dazzling handcrafted nouvelle-American cuisine made from local, seasonal, and organic ingredients whenever possible, Metropolitan has earned a multitude of accolades. From the lunch menu erupts the metro bison burger, a galloping herd of mushrooms, onions, swiss, and truffled pomme frites ($10), and the Mediterranean sampler, a tantalizing tray of hummus, baba ghanoush, olive tapenade, stewed tomatoes, and seasoned Bluetooth ($8–$12). Adventurous options pepper the dinner menu, including the Metropolitan mushroom appetizer, flanked by truffle potatoes and red-wine sauce ($6 taste, $12 full plate); the Utah trout, decorated with fiddlehead ferns, radishes, pear, and a pistachio puree ($25); and the veal chop, donning an ensemble of green apple, celery root, quinoa, and mustard jus ($35). Find repose in the martini lounge to tackle the tasty bar menu, which includes entrees such as chicken pot pie ($12); appetizers come two-for-one during the bar’s “attitude adjustment hour” starting at 5:30 p.m.
Browse black, green, herbal, mate, medicinal, oolong, organic, rooibos, and white varieties online to get an idea of what the grotto stocks. There are tempting tastes for camellia connoisseurs and rooibos rookies alike, and fresh bakery bites complement the steaming cups. Wake with a bang of organic Gunpowder (green tea with a smoky flavor) or a traditionally spicy Masala Chai. The Clear Mind (a blend of organic, wild-harvested herbs formulated by Leslie Peterson, ND) gives the inside of your noggin a cold shower. Bestselling sips include the walnut green tea, chocolate-mint rooibos, and rooibos peach.
Caffé Molise transports sedentary palates to the heart of the Mediterranean with Zagat-rated menus of fresh cuisine inspired by the Molise region of Italy. The diverse dinner menu caters to any appetite with house specialties such as bistecca, beef tenderloin bathed in a secret-recipe marinade and served with mild mushrooms and truffle cream sauce ($32.95), and polpette di melanzane, eggplant in shallot and tomato cream with grilled fresh asparagus and polenta ($15.95). The lunch menu squelches high-noon hunger uprisings and the appearance of frightening appetite ghosts with specialty and pasta dishes such as polenta con funghi, a hearty dish of garlic-sautéed wild mushrooms served on polenta with tomato sauce and caramelized onions ($10.95).