Like tributaries merging to form a mighty river of marinara sauce, three friends and lifelong Italian restaurant owners joined forces to create Uncle Frank's Italian Restaurant, bringing along their best recipes with them. They make their pizza and pasta sauces daily, slathering them onto doughy crusts bound for fire-crackling ovens where they transform into New York-style pies. They prepare proteins such as chicken in the gamut of Italian styles, slathering the poultry with mushrooms and wine to create a marsala or coating it with breading and parmesan cheese to produce a parmigiana.
Sizzling Central American cuisine serenades senses in Estela's family-friendly interior, where customers can surf waves of free WiFi or challenge friends to games of foosball in between their savory bites. Start with a zesty appetizer such as mexican-chicken egg rolls ($6.90) before reeling in an entree such as pan-fried sea bass ranchero ($12.75) or a loaded combination platter ($9.60–$10.20). Homemade flan, fried ice cream, or choco tacos ($4.95–$5.95) can sweeten stomachs while a kaleidoscope of tequila from the restaurant's full bar adds sugar to the sentiments of dining love birds and old pinochle partners. Drool over the entire dinner menu, which also includes children's specials and vegetarian options, on Estela's website.
Wining and dining yourself is easy at Clearwater, whose eclectic menu will mollify even the grumpiest of your taste buds. Begin a romantic dinner for yourself and your cute hitchhiker with a starter of brandied shrimp ($9), hummus and grilled pita bread ($7), or a salsa trio with tortilla chips ($6). Ask your server to whip out the award-winning wine list and double-team your main course with a glass of Borsao ($7) and a chipotle chicken quesadilla ($9); a pairing of pizza margherita ($9) and Vicolo pinot grigio ($7); or, in celebration of the day you saw your first squid, a glass of Marcel Martin Tetê de Cuvée Brut Cremant ($10) and a specialty cinnamon-apple and brie quesadilla ($10). Stop in during the daily happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and say goodbye to the sad and perplexed hours with two-for-one house wine, or drop by on the second and fourth Friday of every month for a free wine tasting.
Chico’s brings creative new twists to classic Mexican flavors. The menu puts the care and spirit of small, family kitchens on the Mexico border into your favorite Tex-Mex dishes. You’ll find sandwiches, burritos, tacos, enchiladas, and fajitas, all made with fresh ingredients including steak and chicken. Classic Mexican goes upscale like a scuba diver in a dinner jacket with the filet mignon tacos ($7.99), filled with grilled tenderloin, jack and cheddar cheeses, crispy onions, and a garlic-tomato salsa. Or, try a new take on an old favorite with the Cajun shrimp burrito ($8.99), stuffed with sautéed shrimp, jack and cheddar cheeses, rice, grilled onions, sour cream, and guacamole.
A mural of a skateboarder towers over Burrito Boarder's outdoor patio, reflecting the restaurant's fusion of freshly made Mexican fare with boarding culture. Inside, skateboards hang from the ceiling as cooks kick flip into an open prep area and customize Mexican favorites using organic and hormone-free ingredients. Guests draw up a blueprint for their entrees, starting with a style, such as a Burrito Bomb or a salad bowl, before constructing an edible edifice from fillings that include carne asada and achiote-marinated mahi-mahi. In addition to the quick-order fare—which also includes dips and soups—the kitchen serves up imported sodas and specialty beers.
The restaurant's dining area harmonizes with the kitchen's eco-friendly practices, surrounding visitors with reclaimed and recycled materials, making it more environmentally responsible than most animals, which are made of all new materials. Additionally, all of Burrito Boarder's cutlery is stamped from 100% corn-based materials, making it biodegradable.