Pat's Trattoria curbs cravings for Italian fare with a selection of pastas, thin-crust pizzas, and 15 specialty subs. Diners begin meals by tickling decision-making glands with the garden salad's choice of nine meats, including buffalo chicken, barbecue-turkey tips, or grilled salmon ($6.50–$9.50). In the kitchen, cooks scatter grilled chicken and spicy tomato sauce across the pizza pasquale ($9 for small, $14.50 for large) and melt fresh buffalo mozzarella on the margarita pizza ($8 for small, $11.75 for large). Pasta entrees crowd plates with the shrimp scampi's white-wine-garlic sauce ($12.50) or the bracioletini's chicken stuffed with sautéed prosciutto and provolone cheese ($11.50). The Pat's Trattoria Special sub sandwich fends off hunger with a finger-snapping gang of chicken, prosciutto, roasted red peppers, and basil on the mean streets of a braided roll ($7.50).
Pan Asia summons guests into its sleek yet casual atmosphere with oceanic lighting, mounted TVs, and its star: a menu of Chinese, Japanese, and Thai recipes. Nests of lo mein noodles cradle tender slices of shrimp, beef, roast pork, and chicken, and five styles of Thai curries—including the Indian-influenced massaman—transform coconut milk into liquid heat, warming tongues with infusions of classic spices. Representing the artful cuisine of Japan, paper-thin sheaths of seaweed enfold rice and raw fish to create sushi varieties that include spicy salmon maki and boston maki, a roll of yellowtail, crab stick, avocado, scallions, and tobiko.
Sea-foam-green lights illuminate the underside of the counter at the sushi bar, making the legs of guests look as though they’re underwater or ailed with the asparagus disease. Bright-green shafts of bamboo shoot from floor to ceiling from a bed of dried river rocks, obscuring the intimately lit restaurant from the bright lights of the takeout lobby.:m]]
Within each of its quaint, cozy eateries, Café Polonia's hearty comfort food provides a flavorful foray into transatlantic treats. Whether perusing the Boston menu or the larger Salem menu, traditional starters such as borsch ($6) and herring filets in oil ($7–$8) act as a delectable lead-in to heartier fare, such as the giant potato gypsy pancake stuffed with hungarian goulash and topped with sour cream and bragging rights ($16). Fulfill meat-laden dreams with a variety of juicy sausage dishes including the kielbasa and cabbage stew ($12–$15), or effortlessly colonize a mouth with the Polish plate, populated with hunter's stew, stuffed cabbage, grilled kielbasa, and fluffy pierogi ($16–$18).
The chefs at Owl Station Japanese Bistro accent their recipes with splashes of ponzu sauce and rainbows of roe. In addition to nigiri sushi and sashimi, they craft an array of specialty rolls menu, such as the Red Sox maki with lobster and asparagus, and the Christmas maki, stuffed with shrimp tempura. The staff also prepare cooked entrees, such as udon noodle and rice dishes, as well as beef teriyaki and vegetable tempura. Paintings and decorative Japanese masks dot the dining room walls, which alternate between vibrant cobalt paint and exposed brick.