Margaritas Mexican Restaurant sates its guests with classic Mexican dishes including burritos, enchiladas, and tacos. Inside the eatery, yellow and salmon brick walls meet at a large painting of a quaint village nestled under a mountain, which could very well be a metaphor for the coziness of the eatery and patrons’ proximity to mountains of tamales, chalupas, flautas, and quesadillas. The staff that serves these geological cuisines does so with a pervasively carefree disposition and always makes sprightliness a priority.
Tempting taste buds for more than 30 years, Godfather's Pizza crafts mouthwatering pies composed of 100% fresh mozzarella, an array of robust meats and veggies, and three varieties of baked crust. Like frisbees, Godfather's pizzas ($8.99–$15.99 for one topping; additional charges for two or more toppings) are ideally suited for enjoying indoors or at the park and are even more satisfying for teeth than they are for hands. Each delicious disk can be made with original, thin, or golden—extra warm and buttery—crust and comes smothered in the eater's choice of eclectic toppings, including beef, mushrooms, jalapeño peppers, and anchovies.
Up the steps of the1930s-era home, a wide, wraparound porch gives diners the impression they are entering a rural townhouse. And that’s the feeling Donna Rodriguez and executive chef Marc Walden want to evoke—that of a little house, which they can fill with startlingly large flavors. Chef Walden vows to use only fresh, locally sourced ingredients to craft the eatery’s southern-style dishes, which blossom beneath modern twists, including apricot compote and okra chips. As chefs introduce new york strip, filet mignon, and blackened delta catfish to flame, the contented crackle of the hot grill drifts from the kitchen. Patrons marinating to weekly live jazz music in the dining room request a savory bacon cheesecake to go, or search for Waldo in the pastel whorls of the bistro’s vibrant impressionist paintings.
Red Brick Café's culinary architects conjure sandwiches, soups, and homemade pies to give their menu something about which to talk. Grab a spoon to engage cupfuls of soups du jour ($3.25), which rotate on a daily basis like wheels traveling a road paved with chewing gum. A spicy mayonnaise crowns the tower of ham, turkey, and bacon that constitutes the Chicago Melt sandwich ($7.95). Skilled sandwich builders craft Red Brick clubs by bridging three slices of bread with chicken salad, bacon, and American cheese ($8.25). Post-meal cooldowns begin with housemade brownie-walnut pies ($12/whole pie), which cling to fork tines the way dryer sheets cling to a sheep.
Located in the historical Van Antwerp skyscraper, Cafe Royal sates appetites for steak, seafood, and pasta in a sophisticated, early 20th-century atmosphere. Appetizers such as calamari ($12) and Cajun shrimp ($10) warm up stomach engines for more hearty fuel such as the grilled tuna with wasabi aioli and a ginger-soy sauce ($28) and other seafood selections. A classic 8-ounce grilled filet mignon with choron sauce or cognac-peppercorn sauce ($32) reminds steak knives why they chose not to pursue buttering careers. Diners can also opt for a pasta dish of portabella mushrooms crammed in ravioli houses that abut mountains of grilled chicken ($17) and finish the meal with a New York–style cheesecake dessert.
In an effort to find a healthy alternative to fast food without sacrificing speediness, the creators of Pita Pit began assembling their signature sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks. At each location customers can sample thin pitas that encircle lean, grilled meats and fresh veggies. Sandwich selections span the spectrum from gyro meat and falafel to turkey and prime rib. The staff empowers customers to make healthy choices by displaying nutrition information for its bread and meats, and by offering a selection of healthy sandwiches.