Though flavorful Italian cuisine is at the core of Cogan's Pizza, taste buds aren’t the only sensory receptors that perk up when visiting the vibrant eatery. The interior provides a visual feast with huge chandeliers casting subtle twinkles across pressed-tin ceilings and walls covered with posters and music memorabilia. The music motif also engages ears and vocal cords with regular live performances and karaoke.
At the bar, more than 30 beers flow from a lineup of seasonally rotating taps, each carbonated with the perfect number of bubbles to wash down cheesy and meaty pies. For patrons who adhere to a more plant-based diet, the cooks can also top crusts with faux meats, soy cheese, or an evil aunt’s favorite orchid. Pasta dishes, hot sandwiches, and subs stacked with roasted chicken, italian sausage, or roast beef round out the menu.
In order to fully relish the Nana Sushi dining experience, one must first sit back and admire the artistic presentation of his or her roll, then quickly resolve to devour it. Behind the sushi bar, chefs add colorful swirls of sauces to plates of freshly rolled maki, such as the spicy mango lobster roll, which is wrapped in pink soy paper before being surrounded by a ring of liquid hearts. The menu includes more than 20 of these specialty rolls, each with an appearance as special as a fireworks show viewed from outer space. In the kitchen, chefs sear scallops, shrimp, and teriyaki-glazed salmon across a blazing grill as well as sauté chicken and pineapple with mounds of fried rice.
The island-fare artists at Jammin Jerk BBQ season meats and stir up curries to produce a savory menu of Caribbean-style barbecue. Jerk cooks rub spice on oxtail ($12–$14) and jerk chicken ($9–$11) to fill dinner plates, and eager fingers grab at sauce-slathered wings ($8–40) spiced with flavors such as ginger mango or sweet garlic chili. Alternatively, a mountain of chicken or pork erupts through the 12-inch hero crust of a filling Jamwich ($8.99; $1.49 extra for both fillings) like a spicy, slow-cooked lava flow.
Healing Time Coffee Cafe moves beyond the bean bounds to offer patrons a small squadron of smoothies, sandwiches, and inventive cuisine. Breakfast fans can feed on a grilled cheese sandwich with apple or tomato ($2.79+), or a belgian waffle ($2.79) to vanquish stomach voids. The noon-time meal means open season for unsuspecting sandwich combos such as smoked ham with baby swiss cheese ($7.95) or the crowd-pleasing chicken cordon bleu flatbread melt ($7.99). Coffee varieties offer roasted goodness from all five corners of the globe with eye-opening Columbian supremo, Kenya AA, and more ($1.50+), and amour waits around the corner with a strawberry-fortified Love Splash smoothie ($3.65–$4). Free WiFi allows customers to immediately blog their food reactions while simultaneously playing an online text-based role-playing game.
Living a healthy, happy lifestyle does not mean that one has to skip dessert, according to the owners of U3C Italian Ice Café. Not one of their confections tops 300 calories, which may explain why their shop is one of the cheeriest on the block. An equally valid explanation stems from an interior that abounds with the bright colors of leaf-green walls and more than 50 varieties of cool and refreshing italian ice. Brimming with natural ingredients, scoops of mango, strawberry, and watermelon ice make for pleasing combinations when stacked, swirled, or used to touch up impressionist paintings. Cupcakes come in luscious flavors such as lemon, red velvet, and vegan strawberry—all of which pair nicely with a steamy mug of loose-leaf Revolution tea. To accommodate dietary restrictions, the shop bakes cakelets without sugar, gluten, or dairy products upon request. The staff also encourages dessert lovers to mingle by hosting family-friendly events such as poetry nights and chess tournaments, in which feuding siblings square off to determine weekly dishwashing duties.
Seafood reigns supreme at Eddie's Chesapeake Bay Crabhouse. The dinners include shrimp and oyster 6-pieces, while the sandwich roster features lump crab cake and flounder. To complement their formerly swimming entrees, the staff prepares sides such as cornbread, baked beans, and potato salad.