Mim's serves a diverse assortment of meticulously crafted entrees. The menu offers more than a dozen starters, from Hong Kong "Cracklin" calamari served with a honey-barbecue sauce ($10) to buffalo-chicken spring rolls stuffed with Vermont cheddar, blue cheese, and scallions ($10). The penne a la vodka tempts taste buds with creamy tomato and crushed red pepper ($16.50), whereas homemade mac 'n' cheese coats them in cheddar cheese, fresh cream, and baked, buttered breadcrumbs ($15). Don't desert your table before dessert, because Mim's post-dinner menu offers campfire s'mores: chocolate, marshmallows, graham crackers, and skewers brought to your table for toasting and roasting ($9 for two people).
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 sweeps taste buds off on a sensory tour of Southeast Asia with an exquisitely aromatic menu of rich Thai specialties and fresh Japanese sushi platters. Patrons embark on exploratory dinners under the benevolent smile of a bronze-colored Buddha, savoring the Golden Bag ($6), crispy dumpling skins bear-hugging a tender mix of puréed yam and minced pork. Under the lush light of sconces twinkling from exposed-stone walls, the exotic Mango Basket rice crepe bowl ($15) glows as it pampers herbivorous palates with morsels of shredded mango frolicking harmoniously with baby corn and mushrooms. Eager forks reel spicy pad kee mao drunken noodles ($18) from an ocean teeming with mixed seafood, bell pepper, and eggplant. While diners linger at glossy black tables to the sound of the restaurant's babbling waterfall, skilled chefs behind the sushi bar nimbly twist up a rainbow's worth of bright specialty rolls, including spicy coils of mango and fresh lobster in soybean paper ($15) and a kaleidoscopic array of à la carte sushi bites ($3–$5). Luscious desserts including nirvanic bites of ice cream melting over fried bananas ($7) finally reward sweet teeth for patiently waiting through the night's savories.
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.