What originally began as a modest shop in the back of a home in Santiago de Cali has morphed into Sandwich Qbano, a sandwich chain with locations across Colombia and Florida. The eatery churns out wraps, salads, and sandwiches such as the italiano, the teriyaki, and the classic cuban.
Described in simplest terms, the plates at La Ventana Colombian Restaurant could be confused with those at an American eatery: steak, pork chops, and even a hot dog. However, the sides and toppings add a distinctly Colombian flair. The hot dog, for example, comes crowned with cheese, pineapple sauce, and potato chips. The steak, meanwhile, is doused in creole sauce, and the pork chop features a scoop of fried green plantains. Caramel flan and other traditional desserts add a sweet finish to meals, and classic cocktails such as mojitos and margaritas evoke memories of the beach as vividly as spiced rum served in empty sunscreen bottles.
With its outsized, gray-shingled exterior, Inn Place Restaurant could easily be mistaken for a rustic lodge or country barn. The aromas of sizzling steaks and ribs that greet guests at the door, however, reveal the edifice's true nature. Inside, the restaurant’s second-story dining room affords views of the barbecue pit below, where chefs char-grill strip steaks and slather ribs in 11 Bossman barbecue and wing sauces. Pint glasses filled with draft brews slide across wooden four-top tables in the bar room, where a TV broadcasts live sports and tenders pour shots of spicy barbecue sauce.
During the last three decades, Charley’s has shuffled up standard decks of carbs in a fresh, innovative fashion. Though the soul of Charley’s spawns from the beefy abyss of the signature cheesesteak sandwiches ($4.59–$8.99), the entire menu is flavorfully filled to capacity with delicious grilled combinations (prices vary by location). The chicken teriyaki sandwich ($4.89–$9.29) is quaint for a stomach sublet, while the Italian deli deluxe carnivorously conquers with a bed of pepperoni, ham, turkey, provolone, and generous dustings of Italian seasoning ($4.59–$8.99). Diners can load their gastronomic cargo-carriers with a combo meal, complete with Charley's famously crisp fries ($1.79–$1.89 for a regular order), or ascend a mountain of abominably coated fries featuring cheddar, ranch, and bacon