Inside the kitchen of Cafe Lazeez, cooks draw upon halal ingredients to craft traditional Pakistani dishes including tandoori chicken and naan. In the dining room, the lighted menu above the cash register hints at skewers laden with beef, which travel on red trays to tables. Working patrons look up from their projects to appreciate free WiFi or realize they’ve been typing on a dish of goat and rice the whole time.
Iggy's Mexican Cantina celebrates authentic Mexican cuisine with an extensive menu brimming with amply portioned burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, and specialties. Prep for headlining entrees with an opening act such as the Mexisalad ($4.99), loaded with lettuce, rice, pico de gallo, and guacamole. Traditional land-meat and seafood collide within the epic quesadilla fiesta ($7.99), which unites grilled shrimp, steak, and chicken within warm, cheesy folds of delectable tortilla. Meanwhile, pork pundits can fork into three enchiladas al pastor ($8.49), liberally stuffed with barbecue pork and grilled onions. Let your tongue-schooner sail the salty seas of Iggy's chilled margaritas ($6.99 for medium), served in several fruity flavors, such as mango and peach. Long-distance eaters can cross their tongues' finish line with two sweet Mexican desserts ($2.99 each)—honey-and-cinnamon-sprinkled sopapilla or paradoxical fried ice cream.
In addition to 29 types of nigiri and sashimi and more than 70 different maki, Sushi Japan's chefs create specialty rolls with everything from lobster and green onion to banana tempura and kiwi. In the kitchen, the rest of the chefs stick to homestyle Japanese flavors, cooking entrees such as shrimp tempura, stir-fried yakisoba, and hibachi-grilled beef. Although Sushi Japan's shoji screens, kanji-bedecked lanterns, and fabric prints demonstrate a firm commitment to traditional Japanese culture, some aspects of the restaurant's decor—the cozy booths, a chair-lined counter—evince a more modern aesthetic.
Peppe Profeta began cooking before he was old enough to grow a beard or tall enough to sneak into rated-R movies. At the ripe old age of 10, in his native Italy, he learned his family’s treasured recipes and techniques at his grandfather’s side. Then Peppe traveled to America and spent his teenage years honing his skills at Gian-Peppe's on the Hill before willing into existence his own Peppe's Apt. 2. Today, he labors in the kitchen to create Italian and Mediterranean pastas, beef carpaccio, and tender pork chops as guests lounge amid the exquisite beauty of the dining area—a historical Victorian house. There, elegant white-cushioned chairs cradle diners beneath twinkling crystal chandeliers as they dig into pasta primavera or rack of lamb. Outside on the patio, a canopy of umbrellas and magenta flowers shields diners from the sun, and a wall of meticulously maintained shrubbery blocks passersby from attempting to start a staring contest.
Though the world is complex, Fenton Bar & Grill focuses on the simple things in life—spicy chicken wings and cold beer. It complements these simple things with plenty of sandwiches, pizzas, and burgers for the taking—it’s a banjo duel of pub grub and pours that ends in a harmonious, full-bellied tune. The eatery also packs its space with tons of games such as slingo and keno, as well as a jukebox that plays your favorite tunes for a fee, like a Ronin tenor.