From the bustling stalls of Beijing's markets to the refined quiet of Tokyo's sushi bars, no Chinese or Japanese culinary tradition escapes the notices of Bean Sprout's chefs. Whether they're tossing together quick lunches or filling family dinner orders, they blend the best parts of the two nations' traditions into dishes ranging from crispy duck to mu shu pork. In addition to preparing hot entrees, the chefs slice and assemble nigiri and rolls, with favorites including California rolls and the full moon special, which gets larger or smaller depending on the time of the month.
At Munchies. It's All Good, the cooks will deep-fry just about anything: pickles, avocados, the picnic tables in the dining room. The restaurant's main focus, however, is barbecue. Brisket, ribs, and chicken are served alongside hearty fixings such as Texas toast and baked beans. Diners can order these morsels by the pound, or as combination platters.
Houston St. Bistro sits just a playbill?s toss from the Majestic Theatre, welcoming post-show patrons with tables dressed smartly in black and white linens. The dinner menu ranges from classic steaks and chops drizzled with savory marsala wine sauce to inventive modern dishes such as the wasabi-crusted ahi tuna served atop cilantro sweet-corn rice. During the afternoon, the bistro whips up lunchtime fare such as paninis and burgers amid an ambience as relaxed as a business-casual coronation ceremony. At any time of day, patrons can peruse a list of 43 international wines available by the glass, bottle, or half-bottle.:m]]
Texas de Brazil blends the steak-centric cuisine of Texas with the traditional churrasco method of slow-roasting meat over an open flame grill to form a luscious meaty mélange. The full dinner ($39.99) marches out a cavalcade of choice cuts, allowing diners to welcome continuous windfalls of flavorful proteins. Brandish your table's provided card, green on one side, red on the other, and it will function as a meat traffic light that summons servers to either send stacks of seasoned beef, pork, or lamb skewers or halt plate traffic like a decorated culinary crossing guard. Or feel free to substitute greens for the grill by stepping into the sprawling salad-bar conga line ($24.99), two-stepping through toothsome goodies such as imported cheeses, steamed asparagus, and dozens of other hors d'oeuvres.
Located downtown Comstock Park with the White Pine Trail leading to its back door, Mad Dogz invites guests to stroll, bike, or mash potato in and enjoy a menu boasting 23 gourmet hot dogs. A place where regulars are greeted by name, the friendly frankfurter maestros slather the all-beef or veggie dogs in chili and cheese and get adventurous under a pile of chili, peanut butter, pickles, and Fritos crumbles. All franks can be prepared extra fiery, as the bun-fillers turn up the heat to “insane,” “unstable,” or “psychotic”. During clement weather, Mad Dogz seats guests out on the patio to relish a juice box or iced tea along with views of squirrels playing kickball at Dwight Lydell Park across the street.
Twelve chefs clad in black uniforms and red hats stand at attention over tableside hibachis. All eyes on them, they start to play with their food: the culinary wizards wave lobster tails at guests, set onions aflame, and flip shrimp high in the air to land in their tall hats. ?It is not just about the food, it?s about the show,? says Sumo Japanese Steakhouse owner Brad Meltzer. ?The show brings you in and the food brings you back.?
Prior to landing on the hibachi grill, beef is butchered in-house and dressed in its Sunday best. Filet mignon shares grilling space with salmon, chicken, tuna, and scallops dipped in house-made ginger sauce. Meltzer and a small army of trained sushi chefs designed their menu of more than two dozen nigiri and sashimi rolls to please even the prickliest taste buds. Meltzer himself favors the 210 roll, a cyclone of scallops, shrimp, and crab slathered in sweet-and-spicy sauce and topped with crabstick, eel sauce, spicy mayo, and a snowfall of tempura flakes.