Servers at 5 Boroughs Sports Bistro bear the menu's heaping platters of juicy burgers, sauce-slathered wings, and deep-fried appetizers, delivering them to diners relaxing beneath the bar’s bank of flat-screen TVs. For starters, jumbo ($7.49–$34.99) or boneless wings ($7.49–$11.99) get caught in a shower of mild, hot, meltdown, barbecue, and garlic sauces before taking refuge beneath blue-cheese and celery-stick shelters. Then, take a bite out of the Big Apple burger's Angus beef patty ($7.49), topped with grilled onions, bacon, swiss cheese, caramelized apple slices, and the deep-fried daydreams of several New York Yankees. Chefs soak the 10-ounce marinated flank steak ($10.99) in a regal citrus-spice marinade before crowning it with grilled onions, and the chili-mac casserole ($9.99) bakes Roger's signature chili and homemade macaroni and cheese to a bubbling golden brown beneath a toasty blanket of breadcrumbs.
The grams of protein add up at Kally K's Steakery & Fishery, where the staff serves a surfeit of burgers, seafood, and steaks. Though the menus at the eatery's two locations differ slightly, they both showcase salmon, shrimp, sole, crab, scrod, and hefty portions of new york strip steak and roast prime rib of beef. The Spring Hill location's specialty is a baked fillet of flounder stuffed with shrimp and crabmeat au gratin. Both locations feature a salad bar for patrons who are 1/16 brontosaurus.
John Pappas didn’t know much English when he first arrived on American soil, but he did know the secrets of cooking excellent Greek cuisine. The native Greek passed on his recipes and expert techniques to his son Nicholas, who would go on to open his own Mediterranean restaurant—Greek City Cafe.
Deep in his restaurant’s kitchen, Nicholas and his chefs fold juicy meats and fresh vegetables into a variety of Greek-inspired paninis, wraps, and salads. They layer pitas with juicy slices of shaved lamb and beef before adding dollops of flavorful tzatziki and creamy greek dressing. To craft specialty pizzas, the chefs shower soft pita shells in mixed cheeses, diced tomatoes, and grilled chicken. When discussing these dishes with a reporter from Westchase Patch, Nicholas explained, “We take a mainstream item and put a Greek twist to it. I make them feel comfortable, but when they taste it they realize they've never experienced that flavor.”
In the casual dining room, where sunlight streams onto soft blue and green walls, guests can linger over their last bites of these inventive eats before ordering desserts such as baklava. Countertop seating surrounds a lush olive tree in the center of the room, which was imported from Greece and lives off of sunlight and Greek wine.
Guarino's crafts flavorful stone-oven-baked pizza from hand-tossed, fresh dough bedecked with house-made sauce. The restaurant's crusty canvasses—available in ranch, Cajun, parmigiana, and garlic-butter flavors—serve as the ideal medium for creative connoisseurs perfecting customized mozzarella masterpieces ($8.95/medium, plus $1 per topping). Patrons can also choose from specialty pies, such as the roasted-garlic shrimp pizza topped with a host of edible ornaments, including sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil ($17.95). Guarino's slings a variety of Italian entrees and hot and cold sandwiches, such as the foot-long chicken parmigiana hoagie ($6.95) and the smaller-than-a-breadbox cuban panini, a meaty mound of salami, ham, pork, and swiss cheese ($6.95). Delivery and dine-in options nourish on-the-go noshers and garlic-immune vampires alike.
Since 1970, the chefs at Luigi's Pizza have concocted a menu of Italian specialties and fresh pizza pies. During Luigi's dinner for two, guests can work out a shared custody agreement for appetizers such as creamy mozzarella sticks or succulent fried mushrooms. Customizable toppings such as fresh garlic, sausage, and olives embellish 14-inch large pizzas tossed with dough picked fresh each day from a nearby pizza tree, and specialty pies such as the white pizza with basil, ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese makes bellies purr with sauce-less bliss. Cheese ravioli and fettucini alfredo sate intense pasta hankerings, and shrimp parmigiana stocks puppeteers with enough shrimp to stage a shrimp puppet show right at the table. Glasses of tender-leaf iced tea or fountain drinks perform hydration services, but sippers can also wet whistles with a glass of draught Killians or a bottled domestic brew.
The Show Palace Dinner Theatre piles plates high with cuisine from an endless buffet and salad bar while also sating cravings for entertainment. Their productions range from musical revues such as Swing! and New York Nights to more traditional musicals like The Sound of Music. Prior to the show, audiences mingle at a brief cocktail reception before taking their seats at linen-draped tables. A spread of comfort food fills stomachs with the fuel necessary to give a standing ovation, shout for encores, and scream at pet falcons to get down from the rafters.
Pint glasses of Guinness clink as patrons watch touchdowns, goals, and nail-biting shuffleboard tournaments on 18 televisions and dig into shepherd's pie, fish 'n' chips, and half-pound Angus burgers. Wood-paneled walls adorned with photos of Ireland surround families sharing Irish potato boat appetizers with bacon, cheddar, and sour cream or competing in the hot-wing challenge to determine which child deserves the biggest allowance. Guests can also take part in pub trivia, weekly karaoke nights, and special events including the annual St. Patrick's Day party.