Eddie Maroni’s Pizzeria provides a menu of pasta, sandwiches, and pizzas that give cheese-pie seekers a taste of accomplishment. A 16-inch meaty Maroni pizza punches palates with pepperoni, bacon from Canada and America, genoa salami, sausage, and ground beef ($18), while a 12-inch perfect pizza expertly blends pepperoni, mushroom, and black olives to deliver a flawless food specimen ($13). An 18-inch veggie pizza helps herbivores avoid dining dilemmas ($18); adventurous food-architects can also build their own pizza by choosing from a variety of sauces and toppings ($10+).
Beneath wooden rafters, a cluster of stuffed bears gathers in the center of the room. But these are not cuddly teddy bears. Trophy’s Steakhouse’s co-owner, Kevin Dettler, has adorned the eatery with the spoils of his hunting expeditions, during which he’s captured all 29 species of North American game animals—a rare feat even for avid hunters. Evidence of these hunts stands all around the eatery, with elk heads hanging on the wall and curly-horned rams playing an intense game of poker behind the bar. The menu supports Dettler’s homage to the hunter, with steaks as well as wild game coming off the grill, such as sausages made from smoked antelope and elk and buffalo meatloaf. For a hunter’s rendition of a pulled-pork sandwich, the kitchen smokes and slow roasts wild boar before shredding it and slathering on barbecue sauce.
The newly remodeled Asado Mexican Kitchen aims to put a modern spin on Sonoran cuisine and New Mexican fare. Among the space's handsome stone walls and LED-lit wooden-plank ceilings, the sleek granite bar and tables are not just home to traditional street tacos, slow-roasted pork, and Frito pie. There are also more unusual dishes to be found, like freshly roasted hatch chili peppers, Mexican-style ceviche, and a Southwestern pasta tossed with red chili cream sauce, grilled chicken, black beans, roasted corn, and cotija cheese.
Although they rely heavily on culinary traditions from across the Pacific, the chefs at Sushi Creek also draw inspiration from regional ingredients as they hand-forge a lineup of traditional and signature rolls. Beyond the confines of the sushi bar, they man grill tops in the kitchen, searing marinated slices of chicken or salmon and layering a half-pound patty of beef, ground turkey, or black bean onto their burgers.
Illuminated by a combination of dangling pendant lights and sconces, the dining room's vibrantly orange and yellow walls sport a number of nautically inspired influences, including a ship's wooden steering wheel and a submarine's snorkel tube.
Starting with only a single ice shaver and a hand-built hut, Bahama Buck's has expanded its icy empire to include a menu loaded with arctic indulgences and more than 91 gourmet flavors of Sno. Dessertsmiths drizzle complex flavors such as tangy kiwi, sweet sugar cookie, and emotionally ambivalent tutti frutti over fluffy mounds of pulverized ice to create Sno cones ($2.69+). Fruit juices and syrups spawn creamy smoothies ($3.99+), and frozen limeade ($2.79) puckers drinkers' lips, making them as taut as the bed sheets in a black hole's hotel.