Decorative vases, potter greenery, and vibrant paintings establish the aesthetic beauty of ReRico Brazilian Grill’s lively atmosphere. The authentic churrascaria steak house tops plates with house-made cheese bread, fare from a gourmet cold bar, and more than 15 rotisserie meats, such as horseradish sirloin and chicken breast with bacon. The wait staff serves the succulent carnivorous fare in traditional rodízio style by carving tender meats tableside and tucking napkins into patrons’ shirts. ReRico can accommodate small groups or large parties, such as business meetings for 50 or scaled-back Woodstocks.
When founders J. Kim Tucci, Joseph A. Fresta, and John P. Ferrara first opened The Pasta House Co. in 1974, they wanted to elevate pasta to an art form. “Some artists sculpt, some paint, and some sketch,” they write on the restaurant’s website. “But, at The Pasta House Co., we create authentic Italian culinary delights.” A few of the locations even have giant, exhibition kitchens so you can watch as pizzas, pastas, and entrees come to life.
Naturally, The Pasta House Co.’s menu revolves around the Italian staple from which it gets its name. There are more than 25 varieties of pasta to choose from, including linguine with chicken livers and the signature lasagna, plus weekday specials such as stuffed manicotti. Meanwhile, the mangia bene menu—which translates to “eat well” in Italian—showcases the more wholesome side of Italian eating, with dishes low in fat and calories that won’t peer pressure you to break curfew.
Martin Hernandez grew up with 14 siblings in the city of San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico. That's where their community taught them the importance of family and hard work, but no one more so than their mother. She created flavorful, fresh meals for the family, never cutting any corners. As the owner of Primas Mexican Grill, Martin has the chance to recreate not only the homemade meals, but also the festive family atmosphere at his restaurant.
Along with a talented staff, Martin pays homage to his mother with traditional Mexican house specialties: pico de gallo, smothered carnitas, fish tacos, and fajitas, to name a few. But the menu doesn't adhere strictly to south-of-the-border fare. There are also American favorites such as burgers and steak served with fries.
The chefs at Mijuri Sushi Bar & Grill craft traditional cooked Japanese entrees alongside coils of sushi and sashimi. Slices of super-white tuna and octopus join a list of 60 different varieties of sushi rolls, such as the Tuna Fever and the Imperial Guard roll, whose army of shrimp tempura, avocado, and eel maintains a stony expression at all times. The chefs at Mijuri Sushi Bar & Grill craft traditional cooked Japanese entrees alongside sashimi and more than 60 varieties of sushi, such as the Tuna Fever and the Imperial Guard roll. Additionally, slices of super-white tuna and octopus are served with shrimp tempura, avocado, and eel. A party room for up to 30 guests also available for reservation.
While traveling from place to place in the bright-yellow Jay’s Dee-Lux Taters food truck, cooks fry up hand-battered tenderloins, wings, and fresh-cut fries. The mobile eatery’s signature dish, Jay’s Dee-Lux Tater, challenges mouths with a mammoth amalgamation of battered and fried potato wedges sprinkled with cheese, chopped scallions, and other toppings. The food truck also doles out daily specials that change every day of the week except for Opposite Day; the specialties include homemade meatloaf, hand-battered fish ‘n’ chips, and tacos served with rice and beans.
Constructed 80 years ago on a familiar stretch of Route 66, the building that houses Tubby's Diner has also held a pool hall, a gas station, and a hotel. Owner Jason Russell recently remodeled it, though, and now visitors can dine on classic American food in a revamped setting with 1950's-style booths.
In the morning, chefs flip pecan pancakes and douse hand-breaded steaks with sausage gravy. Later in the day, diners sink teeth into open-faced roast beef sandwiches or filets of beer-battered fish, washing it all back with sips of hand-dipped milk shakes.