Since its founding in 1983, Magic Wok’s open-style kitchens have entertained onlookers and delighted taste buds with meals cooked-to-order in the establishment’s namesake pan. Founder Sutas Pipatjarasgit’s guiding principle–that all dishes must be freshly made–empowers diners to customize each menu item to their personal tastes, dropping disliked vegetables from stir fries or adding extra meat to hearty bowls of noodles. Seven locations around Ohio and one in southeastern Michigan make acquisition of Magic Wok’s fast, fresh fare an easy task for mall-goers, students at the University of Toledo, or hungry octopi with very long arms.
Balance Pan-Asian Grille is a grassroots Asian-American restaurant. Their staff believes that every restaurant should be like theirs?one that serves from-scratch, healthy food made from fresh ingredients, noting that if customers wanted a microwaved meal, they wouldn?t go out to eat. The name Balance is a reference to restaurant's flavorful bowls, which contain a balance of proteins, carbs, and vegetables.
In the kitchen, Head Chef Jang, who worked for years at his parents' traditional Chinese restaurant, heats up the wok to create fusion recipes such as sweet butternut squash soup and vegan potstickers. He also cooks vegetarian and vegan dishes built on brown rice, salad greens, and tofu. Jang and his staffers often design their seasonal menus using fresh, farm-to-table ingredients, and they eschew any produce or proteins that are classified as genetically modified organisms or that have been handled by robots at any point during the harvesting process.
Tea Tree Asian Bistro's pan-continental menu includes everything from bento boxes with Korean beef bulgogi at lunch, to dinner entrees of Thai basil chicken. There's also a separate sushi menu that includes nigiri, sashimi, and specialty maki such as the Sex and the City roll, and seared ahi tuna. Meals can be taken in the regular dining room, or guests can reserve a room for parties of 25?40, such as the Zen Garden private dining room or Preston View semiprivate dining room.
Whitehouse Inn's America-themed menu sates appetites for classic domestic fare such as steaks and burgers, and the presidential portraits that line the walls encourage scintillating historical conversations. In honor of the 27th president for which it is named, the mushroom-topped William Taft dish of char-grilled beef is slathered with onions and thick beef gravy to help grease it out of a too-small bathtub ($11.99). Platters of juicy prime rib range from 8-ounce AARP cuts ($11.99) to 36-ounce presidential cuts ($35.99), and all arrive with Secret Service escorts of a salad or soup, dinner rolls, and choice of side. Oval-office burgers such as the hickory burger with barbecue sauce and bacon ($6.99+) resolve international disputes with the help of a neutral mushroom-swiss burger ($6.99+). Pair any dish with a selection of sides, including sweet-potato french fries and waffle fries that emigrated from France on a buoyant waffle iron.
Under new management that recently chipped away the menu's prices, Emerald City amazes hungry crowds with tongue-tingling Chinese dishes and a full bar of intoxicating drinks. Famished patrons can appease rumbling stomach-songs with fried wontons ($4.99) and shrimp toast ($6.99) appetizers before digging into main events such as the Moo Shu pork ($8.99) and General Tso's chicken ($9.99). For exotic fare, sea-faring appetites can embark on a Yu Shiang seafood medley, complete with fresh scallops, crab meat, and jumbo shrimp amid peppers and water chestnuts in a sautéed garlic sauce ($15.99), or heat up with Szechuan specialties such as the spicy szechuan shrimp ($10.99). Lunch goers grab a deal everyday but Sunday with meals for under $8, served with soup, an eggroll, and rice. Luckily, any meal can end on a high note by grabbing an eggroll and demonstrating singing swagger with Emerald City's private karaoke.
As hungry guests approach the flat-top grill after which the restaurant is named, they'll find it a sizzling island surrounded by a sea of rice, noodles, fresh vegetables, and colorful sauces. Disenfranchised by the undemocratic menus of all other restaurants, Flat Top Stir-Fry Grill's menu empowers diners with the right to vote for the ingredients of their choice. Start the process by choosing rice or noodles. Then fill your bowl with fresh, seasonal vegetables (such as tomatoes, snap peas, and carrots), mix and match three or four ladles of sauces to create a sweet, spicy Asian-inspired flavor or your own personal concoction. Finally, add a hearty protein (including white fish, calamari, chicken, beef sirloin, tofu, or a host of vegetarian and vegan options). Add the finishing touches with clever customizations such as hot-and-sour soup, mu shu wraps, skewered shrimp ($2.99), or roti prata bread.