Adam and Kristie Jeffrey's inspiration for opening Imagine Vegan Cafe is pretty straightforward?they wanted to create a place where "you never feel like a weirdo for ordering food without animal products." Strangely enough, their menu reads like one you'd see at any other restaurant, as it's populated with dishes such as boneless wings with homemade ranch and bacon cheddar burgers. Of course, every menu item is made using the vegan substitute for the meat or dairy ingredient stated, including the ever-popular beef tips and rice. The extensive menu includes breakfast, as well as a full kids' menu that supports Adam and Kristie's mission to be family-friendly.
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Qdoba's burrito baristas handcraft a catering menu of Mexican-inspired cuisine, customizable with a panoply of fresh ingredients for a taco, nacho, or burrito bar. Qdoba's culinary crafters craft succulent fillings for burritos, tacos, nachos, and quesadillas, including protein-packing choices, such as slow-roasted pulled pork, adobo-marinated grilled steak or chicken, and spiced shredded or ground beef, with vegetarian options also available. Taste the gooey flavor accents of the signature queso sauce, a three-cheese blend with roasted poblanos, tomatoes, and jalapeños, the pinto or black beans simmered in cumin and onion, or the creamy, hand-smashed guacamole that's ideal for filling up Queen Elizabeth's diamond-studded guacamole chalice. Tortilla chips with salsa bar and desserts complete each catered event, and customers can opt for burrito-boxed lunches and any add-ons.
The buffet at Mandarin House regales the senses with more than 100 dishes that celebrate the sweet, the spicy, and the sour of Chinese cuisine. Though the dishes may change on a regular basis, taste buds can expect to stamp flavor passports with fried wontons, sautéed shrimp or chicken, or beef tenderloin. Baby corn, crisp broccoli florets, and water chestnuts accessorize steamed and fried rice, all of which can be dabbled or drenched with sweet-orange or hot-garlic sauces. Along with the buffet, Mandarin House's chefs also keep woks a-sizzle with lunch and dinner specials, pairing up entrees with egg rolls, soups, fried rice, and a fortune cookie filled with quaint aphorisms that, if read backwards, summon armies of terracotta warriors. For groups of up to 200, the eatery can host revelry in its party room.
The chefs at Poblanos Mexican Cuisine set their Mexican dishes apart through their use of fresh ingredients. For ceviche, they combine shrimp and tilapia with avocado and lemon juice, preparing the seafood without heating it to give it vibrant flavor. For tamales, the chefs keep the preparation traditional by wrapping the corn masa and seasoned steak or chicken in real cornhusks, then slow-cooking them until they are tender. Poblano-chili slices add kick to the entrees, and mango pico de gallo helps tongues cool down. Diners can end meals with a seasonal dessert or by quaffing beers chosen from the line of bottles on the bar or the pyramid of bottles balanced on the bartender's forehead. On Wednesday and Friday evenings, live jazz bands can also entertain guests with toe-tapping melodies.
At Kirkenburt's Smokehouse Grill, guests sink their teeth into succulent smoked meats, ranging from tender pulled pork and chicken to peppery kielbasa, that are accompanied by backyard barbecue fixin's such as corn on the cob, slaw, and baked beans. Its signature smoked wings have even earned top honors for six consecutive years in the Kappa Delta's annual Wing Fling. When they are not paying carnivorous homage to all things off-the-bone, diners feast on savory meals of St. Louis?style ribs, chow down on Black Angus burgers, and cap off meals with housemade pies, banana pudding, and peach cobbler.
Lamb cubes, jumbo prawns, and cottage cheese simmer in the traditional tandoor oven at Taste of India, which concocts eight specialty dishes via its clay cooker. Hunks of tandoori breads soak up the spice-soaked sauces of curries, masalas, and vindaloos chock full of traditional Indian meats such as goat, chicken, and shrimp. Elements of Eastern flavors combine in an octet of Indo-Chinese dishes such as a chicken lollipop—a fried and sautéed drumstick slathered in Indian-Chinese-style spices—that vets hand out to fox cubs after routine checkups. Your choice of meats, seafood, and veggies can adorn two styles of biryani, and sweet teeth can conclude meals by savoring four authentic desserts.