The authentic Chinese dishes at Szechuan Omei strike a balance between sweet, savory, and spicy flavors, with chef's specialties ranging from mild cantonese chow mein to peking duck complete with oriental crêpes and plum sauce. Asian-inspired artwork and a massive photograph of a mountain landscape emblazon the walls, and an aquarium by the entrance houses a glistening silver fish to greet guests and ask if they are celebrating special occasions this evening.
For more than 20 years, the chefs at Ali Baba Restaurant have churned out healthy and flavorful Mediterranean and Lebanese meals. They pile plates with traditional Mediterranean specialties, including seasoned gyros and beef shish kebabs, and Persian delicacies such as lamb filet steak and joujeh kebabs, each served with basmati rice and spiced onion. Turkish coffee and Persian iced tea lend every dish an authentic edge. With a private event area capable of seating 90, a resident hookah lounge open every day, and weekend belly-dancing shows, the spacious eatery possesses more entertainment value than an ice-skating rink populated by overcaffeinated cats.
Burgers, beers, and fries are pub staples, but the versions that emerge from the kitchen at Social House Kitchen & Pub are anything but the norm. Fit for foodies and casual diners alike, the menu puts a gastropub spin on its eats. Crispy pork belly and mushroom gravy coat the “loaded” fries, and the American classic burger comes with a crown of candied bacon. Other entrees that shake up familiar dishes include beef short ribs with egg, fish ‘n’ chips with apple slaw, and a dip sandwich finished off with rosemary aioli. Behind the gleaming bar top, bartenders pour out 32 craft brews, which patrons enjoy inside a modern space that features a mixture of rustic wood furnishings and bright white upholstery.
Head chef Aaron May, a Culinary Hall of Fame inductee, presides over the kitchen of May’s Counter as the diner-style eatery turns out made-from-scratch southern cuisine. With bluegrass music thrumming in the background, diners delve into the kitchen’s trademark fried-chicken-topped waffles, or nosh on corn dogs surrounded in waffle batter. Red stools line the counter at the full-service bar, manned by bartenders equally willing to mix sophisticated cocktails or slide a cold PBR into a brown bag. As they feast, diners nestled in cozy booths can watch sports competitions unfold on flat-screen TVs, rather than watching their water glasses compete for the title of most transparent.
Sweep your grandmother’s closets, clear a hunting lodge, and loot a mad scientist’s lab, and you’ll amass something close to Betty Blue’s selection of eclectic relics. Within the store’s ample confines, antique medical instruments and coffin cases sit steps away from cut-glass serving trays and Falstaff beer steins. These singular curios are the bounty of owner Kim Kysar’s prowls through antique stores and estate sales across the region, each object searching for a new permanent home. Though the inventory is diverse, Kim has a vision for her store: part kitschy, part antique, and part retro. The items span a century, but customers can expect well-preserved, functional finds—Kim repairs, cleans, and gives a pep talk to all wares before adding them to her eclectic storefront displays.
Marinated meats burrow into taco shells, tortillas, and breakfast platters amid Zendejas #13’s sprawling spread of Arizona Wildcats memorabilia. Located within walking distance of the Wildcats football stadium, the restaurant attracts sports fans and students with its red-blue-and-white color scheme, pigskin-themed decor, and burrito-punting contests. At the bar, mixologists concoct heady margaritas from shots of tequila and juicy hints of fruit. In the kitchen, carnitas-stuffed burritos join rice and beans to form dinner-friendly combos, and breakfast plates of machaca and egg greet daybreak with shredded beef, not rooster calls.