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.
Bruegger's bagels are culled from fresh, wholesome ingredients and then kettle-boiled in the New York tradition, resulting in chewy centers with crisp outer crusts. Awaken your taste buds with a savory combination such as the asiago-parmesan bagel smothered with olive-pimiento cream cheese ($0.99 for bagel only, $2.29 with cream cheese). Or prove yourself to be a sweetie by adopting a family of six carb circles and washing them up and behind the ears in a tub of garden-veggie cream cheese ($7.89). Bruegger's deli menu is flanked by an array of breakfast sandwiches ($2.99–$6.79) and lunch fare; bury thoughts of the snarky snooze button with the spinach-and-cheddar-omelette sandwich, or defuse your lunchtime hunger siren with a signature sandwich ($5.69–$6.99) such as the herby turkey or roma roast beef.
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.