The chefs at Mim's whip up artfully plated dishes in an upscale, traditional American style. The regular menu satisfies carnivorous cravings with options such as the filet mignon and shrimp au poivre in a cracked-peppercorn brandy cream sauce ($26), or sandwiched fare such as the Sterling Silver burger, whose fluffy bun conceals a powerful 10-ounce all-beef patty ($13). Chefs roll out a doughy stage for the Spago Pizza, starring blackened chicken in a fated romance with coyly creamy goat cheese ($13).
Shiny golden spheres congregate by a cozy fireplace inside Arata Sushi's dining room. Though they're attached to the wall, they seem to drift across space like tiny suns or undersea bubbles. Perhaps they're an homage to the fish that comprise the restaurant's colorful sushi lineup, which the Courier-Journal has dubbed "highly imaginative." In the kitchen, chefs whorl fresh seafood with rice and veggies to form more than 45 types of maki. Several rolls, such as the Cardinal, showcase fruits such as kiwis and strawberries alongside savory ingredients such as fried shrimp and cream cheese. At the bar, diners can sip wine and sake while watching the chefs slice bright-orange salmon and tuna as red as a comet wearing a clown nose.
As hot and "howling mad" sauces souse The Black Wolf's signature chicken wings, barkeeps stand by, ready to relieve overheated mouths with sips of bottled and draft beers from brewers including Yuengling, Magic Hat, and Guinness. As televisions glow with sports and State of the Union reruns, chefs customize beef, turkey, and veggie burgers with guacamole and caramelized onions, roll up wraps of chicken and flounder, fry pickles, and anticipate guests' hankerings from the extensive menu of pub fare and comfort food.
The friendly staff at The Healthy Eatery whips up an eclectic menu of fresh breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert items brimming with salubrious ingredients. Greet the dawn with a protein-rich spread, such as the three-egg-white, swiss, and turkey sandwich ($3.50) or a wedge of zucchini quiche ($4.99). The Healthy Eatery’s vast selection homemade soups ($4.25–$4.75), chilis ($4.75–$6), wraps ($6.25–$6.45), and topping-topped baked potatoes ($2.75–$5.75) offers afternoon noshers a hearty respite from lifting paperweights at work or Etch-a-Sketching replicas of American Gothic. The menu also boasts a bevy of sandwiches that includes a veggie melt ($6.25), BLT ($5.50), and a mozzarella-topped balsamic chicken sandwich served in a baguette ($6.75). Or hone fork skills on one of the pasta and rice dishes ($5.99–$7.99) or the chicken fillet ($7.99), a succulent slab of poultry soused in one of nine savory sauces and served alongside steamed veggies. Bring feasts to a sacchariferous close with a frozen treat, such as the mocha cooler shake ($4.99) that's made with chocolate mousse glace, fresh coffee, and honey.
Galangal's kitchen decorates the tables in the refined dining room with an international menu of Asian flavors spanning japanese sushi, fragrant thai curries, and chinese dumplings. "Much of the food takes a cue from the stylish setting," wrote New York Times contributor Joanne Starkey, highlighting a neatly sculpted plate of pad thai ($7–$9 at lunch, $14–$18 at dinner) garnished with drizzled egg, orchids, and a shot glass full of mung-bean sprouts. Lunchtime diners can devour spicy basil eggplant ($7–$9) or throw out plastic pails emblazoned with Batman in favor of the neatly organized nutrition of a shrimp-tempura bento box ($14). At dinnertime, a charcoal-grilled half chicken ($17) bathed in sweet chili sauce gilds smoky notes with sweeter flavors, and sushi chefs expertly pack the salmon family roll ($15) with a quartet of fish preparations including king salmon, crispy salmon, and salmon roe.
Flour drifts down through the air, the motes catching briefly in the light from the wood-fired oven. Inside, fontina, smoked mozzarella, and ricotta melt across the handcrafted crusts, forming warm tributaries of cheese. Nearby, chefs sprinkle fistfuls of broccoli rabe, prosciutto, cherry tomatoes, and eggplant onto fresh dough or stew san marzano tomatoes to craft a thick sauce the deep crimson color of a sports car that just discovered it left a hair curler in. The cooks look to traditional Neapolitan recipes and forge crusts from a simple combination of flour, yeast, water, and salt. In an effort to protect the environment, the staff at Red Tomato Pizza—from the same owners as Dortoni Bakery in Levittown and Messina Market in East Norwich—also serves hormone-free meat in the glow of gentle LED lights and uses recycled glassware.