The chefs at Tenka Asian Bistro don't hide in the kitchen while concocting their mouthwatering Japanese cuisine. Whether they're searing up meats on tableside hibachi grills or tranquilly crafting rolls at the sushi bar, these chefs entertain their guests with flashy cooking techniques right in the dining room. The result of these culinary performances is a vast menu of sushi and sashimi and dazzling displays of seared hibachi scallops, filet mignon, lobster, and chicken. Meanwhile behind closed kitchen doors, another team of chefs whips up Chinese specialties such as lo mein, egg foo young, and fried rice out of the sightlines of hungry guests and vengeful Medusas.
Situated in what once was a hoppin' 1940s diner, The Edge cooks up a plate full of Americana with its specialty selection of hot dogs accompanied by house-made relishes. Purebred hot dogs share menu space with their munchable mutt kin, including carnivorous cuts such as the Taco Dog, topped with homemade chili, lettuce, tomato, and shredded cheddar ($2.75). Tongues bite into every apostrophe of the Aloha Dog soaked in pineapple relish and homemade barbecue sauce ($2.25), or tickle taste buds with the saucy selection of the Jalapeño Dog, featuring chili, brown mustard, and jalapeño relish ($2.75). Multistoried, towering bites are demolished by uvula wrecking balls, filling roomy tummies with rubble such as the chili double cheeseburger ($5.25) or the loaded fries, piled high with bacon, chili, and cheese ($5.50). Molten mouths can cool off with a root-beer float ($4), buoying spirits with a homemade root-beer concoction of brown sugar, molasses, and top-secret ingredients.
The kitchen at Attilios Family Restaurant bustles with activity. Pizza crusts fly in the air before getting crowned with fresh mozzarella cheese and more than two dozen different toppings, including lime-marinated shrimp and smoked bacon and ghost pepper sauce. Nearby, chefs flavor burgers with nine topping combinations that range from Vermont cheddar and grilled onions to fried eggs and bacon. They also stir bubbling pots of pasta sauce, melt provolone cheese on grinders, and drizzle cucumber-wasabi dressing on fresh salads. On the weekends and Thomas Edison?s birthday, chefs start their day extra early to cook breakfast, such as Grand Marnier French toast and omelets packed with onions, tomatoes, and gooey cheese.
An old-fashioned candy showroom, The Candy Hop contains rows of self-serve bins overflowing with mainstream and hard-to-find candies. Two rainbow-hued walls of candy containers?one showcasing Jelly Belly jellybeans, the other, M&M's?hang alongside shelves of gummies and sugar-free chocolates. The selection even includes vintage candies and fresh fudge. Though the shop is self-serve, staff are always on-hand to help throw a party: its catering division provides candy-banquet-bar planning, delivery, and custom color matching for a range of events.
Determined to make the best pizza possible, the chefs of Elsa's Eatery traveled to Italy, New York, and Boston's culture-rich North End in the name of research. Upon returning to Shrewsbury, they went to work crafting the best Neapolitan-style pizza possible, hand-made each day. They top it with ingredients such as pesto-infused mozzarella, sliced meatballs, and grilled chicken, before sliding the pie onto an imported pizza stone and baking it to a perfect crisp. But Elsa's isn't just about pies—they also have an extensive menu with other gourmet Italian specials and steak and seafood entrees. Most recently, they have started to present brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, boldly defying the international ban non-Sunday brunches.
Bistro Bakery & Deli's artisanal flour specialists whip up batches of freshly baked goods to stock its hearty breakfast, lunch, bakery, and catering menus. Dive face-first into the gravitational pull of the more than 20 bagel varieties, including asiago cheese, spinach-garlic, and pumpernickel ($0.79 each; $7/dozen). Crying stomachs are serenaded with the savory tunes of the Bistro B.L.T. ($5.59) and the Tuscany salad ($5.99), and lonely hands can temporarily embrace the raspberry-chipotle-chicken wrap ($6.99) or the veggie delight ($5.79), which complements marinated artichoke hearts with roasted red peppers and provolone. The culinary artists at Bistro Bakery & Deli also proffer a selection of custom-designed cakes ($18.99+) crowned in a cappuccino mousse, pistachio buttercream, chocolate ganache, or Vanilla Ice sound bites.