The chefs at Sauce create a menu of Italian dishes with an American twist, from cheesy garlic bread to chili spaghetti. Their pizza specialties, made with a generation-tested family recipe, range from classic pepperoni to chicken alfredo and hot barbecue chicken. The eatery’s minimalist decor allows guests to focus on the important things, like gooey melted cheese. A ladle and a spatula bisect a wall of framed art, including empty frames that showcase momentous occasions yet to happen, such as the world president dubbing California the world's most beautiful island.
Pad Thai Cafe's menu of popular Asian plates and authentic Thai cuisine crafted with fresh, delectable ingredients heeds the call of grumbling bellies with delectable dishes. Rice noodles, peanuts, sprouts, scallions, egg, and garlic tango in the pad thai dish, and chili, garlic, jalapeño, basil, egg, and scallion congregate for a savory conference in the spicy basil Thai-fried rice ($8.50–$16 depending on choice of protein). Order an appetizer, such as the crab rangoon ($5 for six pieces), house fresh spring rolls ($4.50 for two), or fried spring rolls ($3 for two), and nibble on tasty bites instead of chewed-up pen caps. Stop by the café to sate a midday craving or eschew afternoon soap-opera viewings to enjoy a lunch special such as the kung pao chicken, a spicy mélange of chili, nuts, baby corn, and chicken ($5.95).
Though Mexico is our neighbor, O.K. Jose's menu is extensive enough to read like a letter to a long-lost relative. In the kitchen, cooks top grilled nachos with shrimp and chorizo, stuff tortillas with spicy chicken and sauteed onions, and smother baked potatoes with cheese sauce and salsa. On karaoke nights, guests take a break from their meals to belt out tunes into a microphone topped with guacamole and sour cream.
Unlike unmellow mushrooms that make you take hour-long showers and nag you for tracking mud in the house, the Mellow Mushroom makes pizzas. The joint specializes in surrounding your dining experience with a dazzling atmosphere, artwork oozing with pizzazz, crisp bottles of happy beers, and the kinds of pizzas that got all the best solos at the fifth-grade choir demonstration. Sip on a cold draft of beer while ogling the Mushroom’s spread of Kosmic Karma pies that merge sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, feta, fresh tomatoes, and pesto ($12.49 for a 10’’); gourmet white pizzas with the harmonious offerings of olive oil and garlic, sunny-dried tomatoes, provolone, mozzarella, feta, and onions ($12.49 for a 10"); and the Magical Mystery Tour, brining pesto, portobello and button mushrooms, spinach, feta, and jalapenos back together for a reunion jam in your mouth ($12.99 for a 10").
Recognized by Maxim as one of the best bars in the country to watch a big game, Sam’s All American Sports Grill consistently climbs to the tops of rankings. In fact, Zagat featured the grill on its Sports Bar Food Tour, and Bleacher Report affirms that Sam’s will “certainly enhance any game-day experience.” Inside, 16 beers on tap fill glasses, while friendly staffers serve burgers and handcrafted pizzas, pirouetting between tables with the finesse of a running back on roller skates. As diners kick back beneath the glow of mounted high-definition TVs, Sam’s team of chefs work hard behind the scenes, making soups, sauces, and dressings from scratch daily.
More than 60 frothy craft suds cascade across 3 Brothers Deli and Brewhouse's menu, which is replete with deli sandwiches and comfort cuisine served alongside a nightly lineup of live music, competitive trivia, and art shows. Dining companions can divvy up the deli sampler platter’s array of signature fresh-cut chips and dip, pretzels, pickles, cheese, and Shortstop wings slathered in one of six spicy sauces. Perfect for melting the spice-depraved hearts of taste buds and advancing armies of abominable snowmen, the Fireball fritters encase italian sausage, cream cheese, and a top-secret blend of Old World ingredients, preluding palates for one of five piping-hot pasta plates. Hulking hoagies tag team taste buds in the form of classic deli sandwiches such as the hot buttered philly cheese, whose clean-cut onions and mushrooms make it the ideal suitor for those bottles of Left Hand Milk Stout too often charmed by salty bowls of peanuts who only leave them feeling empty inside. Imbibers can cycle through more than 60 beers on a menu laden with lagers, amber ales, and wheats, as well as such seasonal suds as Foster’s Oil Can and Dogfish Head Chicory.