The pastry mavens at Tricia’s on the Square bake an assortment of treats from fresh ingredients. Cake bites deliver sweet morsels in dainty portions, eliminating the hazards of cake-induced delirium. Bakers with tiny hands incorporate timeless flavors such as chocolate, strawberry, and lemon into each tasty nibble. Moist strawberry cupcakes crowned with cream-cheese icing kiss taste buds with a delicate sweetness, and triple-chocolate cupcakes pack a decadent, cocoa-rich punch.
Taste of N'awlins's salivary-gland-sating menu spans the spectrum of traditional Cajun cuisine, with bayou-inspired starters, po' boys, seafood, and platters. Start with a succulent order of French Quarter crab cakes ($10.99) before moving on to the catfish-filet platter, which saunters onto the table with an entourage of slaw, white beans, hush puppies, and choice of potato ($9.50 for small, $11.99 for large). The roast-beef po' boy ($7.50 for 6", $9.25 for 12", and $5.50 for a bun), a juicy serving of roasted bovine sandwiched between halves of crusty French bread, will float tasters down a lazy meat-juice bayou while the slow-cooked gumbo ($3.25 for a cup, $5.99 for a bowl) balances spice, chicken, and sausage in a succulent pool of authentic Cajun roux. Diners diligently watching their figure can opt for the fresh garden salad with grilled shrimp ($10.99) and feel confident flashing those inner elbows this year on Bourbon Street.
Big D's scoops more than 40 varieties of superpremium ice cream, gussies up Nathan's Famous all-beef hot dogs, and dishes out neighborhood hospitality to hungry hoards. Guests to this friendly, family-owned eatery can cool tempers and temperamental taste buds by ascending on cones piled high with chocolate, turtle, and amaretto-cherry scoops ($2.65/single). Or, enjoy the semisolid sweets in their most sippable state with an old-fashioned shake or malt ($4.55–$5.75). A treasure trove of toppings—including white-chocolate syrup, Butterfinger bits, and freshly chopped Oreos ($0.55/each)—await to adorn customizable sundaes ($3.50–$5.50), and a classic banana split ($5.95) can be shared among friends or repurposed as an extremely perishable viking hat.
This locally owned, Hollywood-themed eatery boasts an all-star cast of belly fillers named after classic films such as The Godfather, Rocky, and Steven Spielberg's early all-kitten rendition of Un Chien Andalou. Star City is known for its steamed hoagies, ranging from the Little Miss Sunshine's heartwarming pairing of ham and swiss ($5.50 for a whole) to the deluxe Top Gun's action-packed layers of ham, turkey, bacon, provolone, and power balladry ($6.50 for a whole). If your stomach grumbles with Fellini-esque machismo, play the director and hand-pick the bread, meat, cheese, and veggie players in your epicurean ensemble ($5.50–$6.50 for a whole customized hoagie). Round out your repast by adding a homemade side of potato salad, coleslaw, or soup ($1.95 each) to your personal craft-services platter.
Sizzling fajitas, gooey quesadillas, packed burritos, and more populate the menu at Plaza Bar and Grill. Set jowls flapping with an order of chicken wings ($7.99 for 10) before tackling the enchiladas suizas, a trio of chicken enchiladas blanketed with tomatillo sauce and shredded cheese ($8.90). Specialty dishes include the salmon al chipotle, in which salmon soaks in a smoky-chipotle-sauce pool under the watchful eyes of rice, vegetables, mixed salad, and tortillas ($12.99). Escape cafeteria food fights for a more regal lunchtime rendezvous with a pair of grilled tilapia tacos covered in mango sauce ($6.99) or a vegetarian quesadilla stuffed with cheese, mushrooms, broccoli, and fresh spinach ($8.30). Cool off with a margarita ($5/regular) or a glass of wine ($4.75), or order a pitcher of beer ($10.50) to share with an accountant during an audit.
The tableside grill sizzles, searing flavorful slices of steak and moist squares of salmon. A chef keeps careful watch on his proteins, summoning pillars of flame to add extra heat, dicing meat with lightning dexterity, and corralling jumbo shrimp with a bullwhip to complete the culinary show. This is the scene at Kabuto Japanese Steak Seafood & Sushi, where food is as much spectacle as it is art.
Besides cooked-to-order hibachi specialties, the restaurant keeps a sushi bar stocked with fresh seafood. Here, experts hand-roll favorite maki, such as spicy tuna or california rolls, or draw on more inventive ingredients—wine sauce, mango, strawberry—for their house specialty rolls. But whether guests seek food that is flame-kissed or flame-free, each dish stands out against the decor's elegantly understated tableau.