The word "RuChDa" cobbles together letters of each of the founders' three children, and is just one of 25 things they've whipped up from scratch. The other 24? Wing sauces that the team spent months perfecting. Flavors range from conventional staples like hot barbecue and original hot to award-winning inventions such as honey garlic pepper and honey cajun. Those sauces can also be tossed with bite-sized pieces of boneless chicken breast or crispy chicken tenders, or ladled onto a slice of wedding cake. To wash it all down, RuChDa has also created its own line of signature drinks known as Rev-jitos and Rev-ladas, which come in many flavors and taste a lot like mojitos and coladas, minus the alcohol.
As the clientele winds its way around the expansive buffet tables set up inside Manchuria Garden, it finds a culinary path that extends far past the Far East. Yes, the diners might plate themselves a sampling of sushi rolls, mongolian beef, and shrimp in chili sauce. And yes they might choose the ingredients of a create-your-own hibachi dish. But as they continue on, they also pass pizzas, greek salads, house fried rice, and meatloaf. In fact, if they take a turn around the entire selection, they find 150 dishes from China, Japan, Italy, Mexico, and the US, among others.
L’Thai Organic Cuisine & Wine Bar's menu lists organic Thai dishes including curries made with vegetarian-friendly sauces and noodles and fried rice prepared on special high-heat jet stoves that can be found on the streets of Bangkok. Appetizers, such as the vegetarian-style spring rolls ($4.95), and soups, such as the coconut-based tom kha ($4.95), lull appetites into a false sense of security before entrees, such as the garlic pepper beef ($12.95) or tippling drunken noodle tofu ($12.95), sneak in to deliver the culinary coup de grâce. Diners can supplement their smorgasbord with L'Thai Organic Cuisine & Wine Bar’s extensive beer and wine list, which overflows with fine fruit bloods such as Night Harvest chardonnay ($7/glass, $23/bottle) and Silver Ridge cabernet sauvignon ($7/glass, $24/bottle).
The culinary traditions of Pakistan and India blend together on Agha Restaurant’s menu, whose dishes are made with Zabiha Halal meat and Abu Adnan chicken cut by the chef’s own hand. Samosas hiding seasoned veggies kick off meals of butter chicken and goat paya, a Pakistani breakfast soup flavored with curry-based spices. The eatery’s signature dish, the hunter beef sandwich, is comprised of beef brisket sautéed with green chilies and topped with chutney. Diners can finish meals with specialty desserts including fruity shakes, creamy kulfi, and faloodas—milky concoctions filled with nuts, dessert noodles, ice cream, and fruits.
The Spot Sports Bar & Grill's kitchen produces flavor-packed wraps, sauce-coated wings, and other dishes from its sprawling menu and delivers them to tables of diners watching feats of sports derring-do on nearby TVs. Pairs or quartets can cram for kindergarten finals about sharing by splitting the Spot's loaded chicken or steak nachos or five-piece jalapeño poppers. Culinary gurus can nestle tilapia between two slices of bread, tuck meat and veggies inside a warm burrito tortilla, or hide a choice of meat or seafood among melted cheese in a quesadilla. Chicken wings arrive dressed in barbecue sauce, teriyaki sauce, or recently dry-cleaned formalwear. Thirst quenchers, such as Heineken, Shock Top, and Bud Light, travel safely from the yellow-lit bar to indoor tables or the outdoor patio in a small or large pitcher. In between bites, patrons can shoot pool, crawl languidly across the dance floor, play foosball, or do anthropological research on the rules and rituals of pro sports depicted on a legion of televisions.
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