Nestled under a green awning, Lao Village dishes out delicately flavored Laotian and Thai dishes in a casual atmosphere. Entrees simmer in curry sauces or get tossed in chili pepper and savory house sauce, like the popular Lab Gai salad with chicken. Vegetarian options incorporate veggies, tofu, and seitan.
Peer up at the menu, and jump-start your morning with a breakfast pita, such as the morning glory, comprised of avocado, eggs, tomatoes, home fries, grilled green peppers, onions, and your choice of cheese and zesty sauces ($5.95). Don't feel ashamed if your morning happens to be what other people call the afternoon, since breakfast pitas are served all day.
Hand-packed patties cooked-to-order grace the toasted potato rolls of Sliders' burgers, which team up with thickly cut piles of belgian fries in a succulent symphony of taste. Made fresh and never frozen, each perfectly grilled classic burger (a $4.99 value) has a juicy finish and comes swathed in a toasted potato bun to seal in wandering waves of heat. For an additional fee, the bread-caged meat patties can arrive adorned with cheese ($0.50), caramelized onions ($0.25), or chicken feather boas. Hand-cut belgian fries host a European delegation of intense flavors and textures, fried twice to ensure a crispy exterior and a heart of fluffy potato (a $2.75 value). Open until 2 a.m. every night, Sliders can reliably satisfy after-party fry fixes or serve as a recovery ward for burger-deprived insomniacs.
Grimaldi's chefs draw upon the restaurant's more than 50 years in business to fill bellies with a menu of homemade meat, seafood, and pasta dishes. Diners anchor their fork tines in the hearty heft of a 10-ounce filet mignon, which is festooned in grilled portabella mushrooms like a chef at a job interview ($27.95). Chicken parmigiana is cloaked regally in marinara sauce, which the restaurant's experienced culinarians make daily ($14.95). Salmon Oscar Florentine arrives at tables with a norwegian salmon basking on a crest of lump crabmeat and sautéed spinach ($24.95), and the homemade lasagna brims with tributaries of warm cheese ($15.95). Cap off bites with a glass of red- or white-grape ambrosia ($5.50–$9) from Grimaldi's wine list to fuel postdinner joviality without having to pull the futon out for Bacchus.
Dolce Vita enchants jet-setters and homebodies alike with a where's-where menu of global recipes, a polyglot wine list, and a fully-stocked bar that keeps its stools open late, until all thirsts are sufficiently quenched. Launch your taste tour with the thai shrimp and scallop appetizer soaking in a red curry sauce ($13). The D.V. Chicken ($16), a bone-in bird with a belly full of fresh mozzarella, roma tomatoes, and basil, descends from the heavens into a cozy bed of tomato polenta and parmesan bread crumbs with a basil cream blanket. Daredevil palates plummet chopper-first into Dolce Vita's international menu with the jamaican jerk rack of lamb ($24) hovering over yellow curry couscous and grilled asparagus. Meanwhile, wines (ranging from $21–$100 per bottle) from as far as New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and Chile vie good-naturedly against homegrown spirits for a spot at the table, each promising its own distinct flavor and keychain souvenir from the motherland.