Holding the honor of AZ Central’s 2012 Critics’ Pick for Best Korean Restaurant, Chodang Tofu & BBQ keeps bellies warm and sated with piping hot vessels of tofu soup and other specialties. Guests come for that soup––a tribute to the Korean town of Chodang, a locale known for its tofu––as much as for the banchan, or side dishes that accompany the meal, such as kimchi, apple slaw, and seaweed salad. As for the rest of the menu, guests can dig into platters of bulgogi or plates of steamed dumplings or delve into hot stone bowls of the much-lauded dolsat bibimbap.
In 1983 Nord Brue and Mike Dressell decided that it didn't matter how far Burlington, Vermont was from New York City; no distance was too great to limit their access to New York-style bagels. So they spent 2.5 years apprenticing with a professional bagel baker from the city until they mastered the technique. Once they were comfortable with their skills and had accepted that it doesn't actually hurt the bagel to bite it, they opened their first Bruegger's Bagels, a casual bakery and café. Today, they have more than 300 eateries across the United States and Canada, each hawking freshly baked bagels, cream cheeses, sandwiches, coffee, and desserts.
At Foot Spa's locations in Plano and Richardson, the precise application of controlled pressure figures into every holistic treatment. Reflexologists stir mint flavored salt into soaking tubs, immersing clients' feet in the infused water before applying a therapeutic massage to the feet, hands, and ears. Acupressure massages are similar in spirit to acupuncture, except therapists use their fingers to target specific points along the body that stimulate natural healing processes and save their needles for hunting wild balloon animals.
Chinese, Japanese, and Korean dishes share table space at Zento Box. Cooks steam edamame, simmer udon soup, and prepare dumplings, salads, and proteins such as beef bulgogi and scallops for neatly portioned bento boxes. Mochi ice cream and green-tea-flavored cheesecake end meals on a sweet note.
Although I Sushi & Teppan’s dishes reflect contemporary tastes, many more come from a purely authentic Japanese culinary tradition. But either way, everything the restaurant serves is made from scratch by experienced chefs. A full menu features nigiri, sashimi, and specialty rolls. The Las Vegas Roll combines crab, salmon, avocado, and cream cheese and comes served tempura-style. The house I Sushi Roll blends snow crab, scallops, lobster, and chives, and it is served baked over a California roll. Teppanyaki selections include shrimp, calamari, filet mignon, and new york strip steak. Each dish is served with miso soup, salad, vegetable, and fried rice.