“Laissez les bon temps rouler” is a favorite saying at Jazz, a Louisiana Kitchen; translated from French, it means, “let the good times roll.” With a blend of Cajun cuisine, cold drinks, and live music, the restaurant recreates the rollicking atmosphere of New Orleans' French Quarter. In the kitchen, chefs orchestrate multiple Gulf Coast flavors in classic louisiana catfish po' boys and blackened-shrimp platters, or let simple, properly prepared oysters and broiled crayfish stand on their own. Servers, meanwhile, draw frothy mugs of beer or mix specialty cocktails and frozen daiquiris. The lively atmosphere attracts local jazz musicians for open mics and accomplished players for special sets or scat-sung renditions of the menu.
The scene is a classic American diner: uniformed waitresses walk past rows of booths, pausing to refill coffee mugs and set down towering stacks of pancakes. Large, sunlit booths provide parents and kids with a venue to converse or sign a treaty that finally ends bitter remote-control battles. Behind the service window, cooks bustle about the kitchen, whipping up generous portions of biscuits and gravy, three-egg omelets, and Mexican-inspired specialties—including chilaquiles, eggs with chorizo, and giant breakfast burritos. Come lunchtime, kitchen staffers turn their attention toward hearty burgers, hot specialty sandwiches, and chicken-fried steaks.
An irresistible amalgamation of South American and Mediterranean flavors, chefs manifest the innovation of Angelicas Italian & Mexican Restaurant when ladling tomato sauces onto hearty pastas served alongside stuffed tacos and burritos made from scratch. The friendly staff pours glasses of wine, which you can waft as often as you’d like and complement the likes of lasagna and Mexican seafood soup. Additionally, you can introduce little ones to international fare through a kids' menu or enjoy meals within the comfort of your own panic room after ordering carryout.
My Favorite Muffins & Bagel Café cooks up divine deli delights and thrills fans of post-oven muffin batter with cake-like gourmet muffins. Bite into bliss with a gourmet sandwich ($5.65 each), such as the classic turkey, or reprise vegetable-based catchphrases when ordering the holey guacamole sandwich, a flavorful bread shelter for turkey, guacamole, green pepper, lettuce, and tomato. Herbivorous accomplices may feast on light-and-fit choices, such as the garden mix salad ($4.99) and the mediterranean bread salad, a spirited ensemble of ripe tomatoes, onion, cucumbers, and salami in a chorus line with provolone cheese, green olives, crisp greens, and greek vinaigrette dressing ($6.99).
Executive chef Shakka Moore at Vista Grille Restaurant sears steaks and flame-kisses seafood, handcrafting dishes on the dinner and lunch menus. A 10-ounce New York steak au poivre comes with a crunchy peppercorn crust, pleasantly complemented by a dollop of maître d’ butter ($20). Sesame-crusted salmon wears a shield of seeds fortified by mongolian glaze ($20), and slow-roasted prime rib falls on a pillow of horseradish mashed potatoes ($25). Housemade dough pulled fresh from a brick oven arrives topped with roasted chicken, mushrooms, and chipotle sauce on the barbecue chicken pizza ($13), which is also available at lunch along with hearty sandwiches—such as the chicken avocado ($11)—and burgers. Diners enjoy meals under colorful ceilings anchored by dark woodwork, a contrast that lends sophisticated yet friendly vibe, much like a yacht filled with golden retrievers.
Jolt-N-Java's baristas brew locally roasted coffee beverages and slice up lunch and breakfast sandwiches within the vibrant orange walls of a cozy cafe. Customers can sip on signature caffeinated mochas, flavored lattes, and teas to prep themselves for a day of work or an all-night knitting marathon. Pair a bagel and cream cheese with a large coffee ($4.50), or wed a breakfast sandwich with bacon, ham, or sausage with a medium chai-tea latte ($7.06). A medium latte can unite with a breakfast burrito—a large flour tortilla coddling scrambled eggs and bacon beneath a shower of salsa or the sinus-clearing El Patio hot sauce ($7.57). Guests can order through the drive-through window for speedier satiation or spend an afternoon perched on couch cushions and stools, rifling through or circling every dangling modifier in the shop's selection of books and magazines or shopping online via complimentary WiFi.