The owners' menu of traditional Polynesian dishes hearkens back to their upbringing on Hawaii. Within an open-air kitchen, the staff grills and fries fresh ingredients and assemble them into lunch plates inspired by Hawaii's diverse immigrant population. Techniques and flavors borrowed from Japanese, Korean, and Indian cuisines are woven into Polynesian favorites, such as frybread, barbecue pork, and chicken-curry rice bowls. Through the tall windows of the exhibition storefront, sunshine spills in to bathe the eatery's goldenrod walls in natural light and allow diners to wear their mining helmets solely as fashion statements.
The potation crafters at Beans & Brews Coffee House whip up hot and cold beverages from perk-proffering coffee beans, relaxing tea leaves, and sweet decaf alternatives. Hot coffee drinks, such as the cappuccino ($3.60 for 12 oz.) or eye-opener brew ($2.80 for 12 oz.) gently jolt the brain awake with mountain-roasted goodness, and the dulcet notes of iced chai ($4.10 for 16 oz.) and B&B frappes ($4.05 for 16 oz.) cool off summer-scorched palates with their sweet, icy taste. Roasters get the most out of each coffee bean with Beans & Brews’ trademark high-altitude roasting, which imparts each batch of grounds with a smooth flavor that, like an angst-riddled teddy bear, maintains a high level of complexity.
Tio's Fine Mexican Restaurant?s best-selling dish is the chimichanga: a crispy tortilla stuffed with shredded beef and slathered with tomatillo sauce and cheese. More than thirty years in the business have earned the restaurant many fans. The chefs dunk pork chunks into chili verde sauce and bread jumbo shrimp. Ten combination platters yield a mix of tacos, enchiladas, housemade tamales, burritos, and taquitos.
Chef and owner Amrik Singh prepares traditional and authentic Indian cuisine for his guests at India Palace. Singh’s dishes, from basmati rice to fish coconut korma, add spice to a menu lined with a variety of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meal options, plus sweet desserts such as mango ice cream and cardamom-flavored rice pudding.
Executive chef Ken Rose?the flavor architect behind Tiburon Fine Dining?tantalizes gourmands with his variation on popular American dishes. Each dish bursts with high-quality ingredients, ranging from artisanal cheeses to wild-caught seafood that includes salmon and Pacific white shrimp. Servers coax out flavor notes with the help of a staggering wine list that catalogs varietals hailing from California, Australia, and Italy. Located in The District, The Wild Rose lies within walking or hopscotching distance of shopping and theaters.
At Rumrz, amid lively rooting and cheers, families and friends linger over plates of hearty burgers, wings, and ribs and frosty mugs of draft beer. Meals pair with bucket-size servings of the kitchen's renowned fries, which are seasoned with spices such as garlic, parmesan oregano, or sports-drink powder. Some of their specialities include a roasted red pepper burger, with mayo, roasted red peppers, bacon, onions and cheese, and a teriyaki chicken burger, topped with mayo, onions, lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, and sprouts.