The small-plate prodigies at Ole Tapas Bar & Restaurant craft a variety of Spanish-inspired tapas served to eager patrons as they lounge in a dimly lit, comfortable bar atmosphere. Diners can peruse an eclectic menu packed with carne skewers glazed in teriyaki or wasabi ($8) and crab cakes smothered in spicy remoulade sauce ($8). Those with dietary restrictions or those who lost hard-fought spelling bees to wheat can sample a wide range of gluten-free bites, including bacon-wrapped shrimp enhanced by a tomatillo sauce ($8) and the seared thai tuna served rare, topped with thai barbecue sauce, and paired with cucumber salad ($10). Frequent live acts envelop patrons in musical embraces, made even warmer with the addition of a drink from the full bar.
Ravi Continental Cuisine’s website encourages guests to “come comfortably, with an open mind.” Although this implies a casual dress code, Executive Chef Miguel DeBride’s food hasn't gotten the memo. His plates dress to the nines with colorful bursts of pink tuna tartare, green fennel, delicately drizzled sauces, and calamari rings each sporting its own bowtie. A Brazil native who grew up in Belize, DeBride’s well-traveled background manifests itself in his creative recipes. His work in New Orleans with Emeril Lagasse shines through in his bayou crab cakes, and his time spent working with Florida’s freshest seafood ensures his seared scallops with wild mushrooms and herb polenta are buttery soft. DeBride’s recipe repertoire also draws on Mediterranean delights, such as cabbage stew; Asian influences, including a thai chicken in coconut-curry sauce; and French techniques, apparent in the brandy-cream sauce that bastes his filet mignon.
Twice a week, the owners of La Vera Cucina visit local meat and fish markets. They do this themselves instead of delegating the task, and visitors to their restaurant find this kind of dedication to be delicious. Once these carefully sourced ingredients?like lobster, scallops, veal, and steak?hit kitchen cutting boards, chefs pair them with heaps of linguine and fettuccine. Once they're prepared, meals enter the dining room, sailing past gold, sponge-painted walls to land on white tablecloths that make the ingredients' colors sing. Sun-dried tomatoes glisten like rubies, pink prosciutto and bright green peas surround chicken Florentine, and mussels occupy bowls of red or white sauce.
Diwani Indian Restaurant sticks to traditional Indian dishes?not that there's anything particularly restrictive about that. The product of thousands of years of history and myriad regional influences, Indian cuisine contains everything from rice-based biryanis to tandoori-grilled meats.
Given all the dishes on the menu, it's safe to say the clay oven at Diwani is no slouch. It works overtime to grill chicken tikka masala and cuts of halibut that showcase the power of a good yogurt marinade. Speaking of yogurt, you can cool off after dinner by drinking or dunking your head into a refreshing lassi, a yogurt-based drink that counterbalances spiciness.