The staffers at Mr. Pickle’s Sandwich Shop layer their five styles of in-house-baked breads with creative ingredient combinations that play with sweet, salty, and rich flavors. Specialty sandwiches include the Hang Loose—pastrami with bacon, cream cheese, and avocado—and the Hot T—hot turkey smothered in melted pepper jack cheese and baja and cranberry sauce.
But clients can try their hand at their own creations, choosing from seven sandwich meats and five cheeses. From there, they can add toppings that range from traditional lettuce and pickles to more avant garde selections such as cranberries and the house's signature garlic sauce, which doubles as vampire repellent.
The chefs at Bijan Restaurant draw in flavors from the Mediterranean’s coasts and stir them together to produce their eclectic menu. Their core menu focuses on Persian cuisine, including classic charbroiled kebabs and lamb shank, but they expand the borders of their culinary ventures to include greek salads, italian pastas, and pesto-bedecked pizzas.
In the separate bar and lounge, the very air tastes of distant lands, each table topped with an ornate, delicate glass hookah. Staffers fill the vessels with flavorful liquids as guests relax on plush couches or absorb the technicolor rays of flat-screen TVs. Colorfully painted walls provide a backdrop for details of intricate patterns, from polka-dot tile patterns to a portrait of a zebra donning its traditional jailhouse garb.
For more than 30 years, Quiznos has toasted its submarine sandwiches to bring out the hidden flavors found in butcher-quality meats, cheese, and artisan breads. Its classic and signature subs take on a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles ranging from the prime rib mushroom and swiss to the classic italian donning black olives, mozzarella, red-wine vinaigrette, and plentiful sliced meats. Those closely monitoring their waistlines can take unabashed bites of sandwiches that have fewer than 500 calories, such as the pork-cuban, Baja-chicken, and veggie-caprese subs. Quiznos' Sub Sliders offer slimmer versions of sub fare and flaunt supreme aerodynamics when shot out of T-shirt cannons and into mouths. A selection of Flatbreads, soups, and salads round out Quiznos' varied menu.
Meals at Taste of Thai begin long before the first bit. As guests open the door, the scents of Thailand engulf them. The bistro's recipes use complex combinations of herbs and spices are to blame. But once the meal does begin, it might do so with appetizers of satay chicken and deep-fried tofu, or spicy-sour tom yum soup with cilantro and coconut milk. Many of the entree options can be prepared for vegetarians, including sautes, stir-fry, and five kinds of curry, though halal cuts of chicken or beef are also waiting in the wings for their big shot. The chef's specials introduce seafood, such as whole deep-fried fish with chili sauce, or the Hot Ocean, a seafood blend with chilies, onions, and a liberal helping of Poseidon's tears.
At Chaat Bhavan, a full menu of Indian fare avoids meat as fastidiously as if it were a banana peel on a video-game highway. Snacks include masala chaat, a spicy fruit chutney served with crispy wafers, and missal pav, a mixture of black lentils and crispy noodles. Pan-cooked spinach paratha bread sops up soupy entrees such as the chana sag, which pairs garbanzo beans with fresh spinach, and the aloo gobi mattar, a union of potatoes, peas, and spices. Everything on Chaat Bhavan’s bill of fare is meat-free, and many eats also accommodate Jain customs and veganism.
Biryani Bowl's chefs dish out a diverse menu of pan-seared and tandoor-cooked Indian cuisine, each plate rife with aromatic spices and helpings of steaming rice. The restaurant’s eponymous dum biryani dishes arrive to tables flanked by hearty vegetables, chicken, mutton, or shrimp, along with savory curries, tandoori delicacies, and rice dishes to suit varied tastes. Sweet-and-salty lassis complement Indo-Chinese dishes and desi wok noodles, as ice cream dishes and gulab jamon conclude meals more sweetly than a tiny fairy driving you home while humming lullabies.