Owner Parvesh fulfilled his childhood dream of stuffing the community with delightful Indian dishes when he opened Urban Curry - Indian Grill. In the kitchen, halal meats soak in spiced curries and cook inside a clay oven heated with natural charcoal. Chef Raj also stuffs homemade cottage cheese inside naan or the open hands of hungry passerby, and coats shrimp with biryani’s long grain rice, herbs, nuts, and raisins.
Bella Pizzeria's dexterous dough sculptors cobble together a menu of pizzas and authentic Italian dishes using fine ingredients shipped in from Brooklyn and Italy. Diners can wrestle with their own personal pizza ($6.50) or call upon their local cross-stitch club to tackle larger sizes ($8.50–$39.50). They may choose from specialty topping combinations, such as Meat Lovers or barbecue, or craft an original garnish medley to demonstrate culinary creativity. Patrons who complement entrees with an order of garlic bread ($3.50–$5.50) can use any leftover garlic bread to pull off the tough feat of making friends on crowded elevators or in a football huddle. Hero sandwiches in several varieties ($6.50–$18.50) shush insubordinate stomachs, and a lasagna dinner ($9.50) graces tables briefly before inexplicably transforming into a marinara-stained plate.
Originally branded as the Top Hat Drive-In, Sonic Drive In didn’t acquire its nationally recognized name until 1959—six years after its inception in 1953. Today, the franchise operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic Drive In specializes in made-to-order American classics, including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades.
Sonic Drive In’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: best value menu, best milk shake, and best drive-thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.
Upbeat melodies pour from live musicians in the dining room, fostering a festive atmosphere filled with authentic Mexican fare and cool drinks. Chefs plate a variety of flavorful pork, chicken, beef, and seafood entrees, and pride themselves on their fajitas, which sizzle tender strips of meat with sautéed onions, green peppers, and gold stars from food critics. Of Ay Jalisco's eight central Florida locations, five boast full bars that pour salt-laced margaritas alongside a selection of Mexican and American beers.
The pasta purveyors at Naples Italian Restaurant hand-toss a cheesy menu of comestible comforts. Fill cheek pockets with an order of stuffed mushrooms, overindulged mouthfuls of cream cheese, bacon, and scallions, topped with mozzarella cheese, and baked into a bubbly golden dish that can be devoured on-site, or saved and bartered for magic beans ($6.50). Accompanied by a beer-battered tilapia fillet, the Tuscan seafood linguine brims with sautéed shrimp, onions, and fresh tomatoes in a lobster cream sauce ($15), and pork osso buco––braised in herbs and wine––drunkenly slumbers adjacent to piles of vegetables and roasted garlic mashed potatoes ($18.99). Naples Italian Restaurant also serves a sumptuous selection of pizzas such as the white pizza, with ricotta, mozzarella, broccoli, spinach, and fresh tomatoes ($11.75–$15), or the Vesuvio pizza, topped with slowly flowing channels of mozzarella and fresh tomato ($11–$13.50). Once stuffed with the saucy sustenance, wind down the rich repast with the restaurant's selection of house red or white wines, available by the glass ($4), half- or full-carafe ($7.50, $15), or vase.