Chef William Brown, who has been helming The Open Hearth's kitchen for 35 years, grills fresh catches and sears steaks to such juicy perfection that they earned Fox Faves' Best Steak award in 2010. Small plates include broiled or fried scallops ($8), or a crispy lettuce wedge with a generous sprinkling of blue cheese and bacon crumbles ($5). Let your eyes rove over the main menu's list of scrumptious offerings, which include a tender filet mignon cozied up in the tender embrace of bacon ($25). South Carolina fried chicken ($15) maintains peace between territorial onion rings and gerrymandering steak fries. A full bar and extensive wine list allow patrons to pair their meals with quaffable selections or cap off meals with stirring performances of "Flight of the Bumblebee" on empty wine glasses.
Head chef Valerie Rebellato combines her Brazilian origins with her love for its food in Cafe Paulista Grille’s made-from-scratch menu and its amenable atmosphere. Several meaty entrees encourage sharing, with large portions and a surfeit of sides such as fried banana, feijoada, and rice. Mix up beef and poultry with the Espetinho Caipira for Two, a vision of skewered sirloin and chicken breast ($27.99), among other skewered entree delights. Indecisive or surprise-loving diners can take a gustatory leap and leave their fate in Val’s deft hands, which will cook up whatever’s on her mind (except anything personally allergenic) ($8.99). Wash a meal down with a surfeit of exotic juice combinations ($3.69) featuring aliments such as cashew fruit, acai, and mango, or sip the strong house coffee ($1.99) with a rich, caramel fried banana ($2.99) or brazilian tiramisu ($4.99). Vegetarians and the righteously gluten-averse can find scrumptious delights on the menu. Hearty vegetarian plates ($6.99–$7.99) amalgamate beans, rice, and vegetables with spicy Brazilian flair. All dinners and salads are gluten-free, as are the paradoxical round cheese breads ($2.99 for four). Val will also inventively eschew gluten from other menu items upon request.
An armory of hookahs launches cool streams of smoke, which meander out onto America's Pub & Grub's open patio. Waitresses tote plates that hint at the comfort-fare traditions of Cajun and European cuisines with fried catfish, shepherd's pie, and other warming creations. Lights dance across the black-granite bar, where cocktails and draught beers mingle with happy chatter or woes about the tin-can-phone industry. Live acoustic tunes occupy the eatery's airwaves on some evenings, and guests croon their favorite tunes during karaoke gatherings.
The traditional Mexican cuisine at Fonda Rosalinda's sates appetites with fresh seafood, fragrant spices, and flavorful vegetarian dishes. Lunchtime starters such as the mexican-sausage-stuffed choriqueso cheese dip ($5.95) overflow with flavor, and entrees such as the pescado tacos ($9.50) brim with tender morsels of fresh sea bass. Carne asada en salsa de mole con callos y camarones ($10.95) combines a grilled steak with scallops and shrimp blanketed in a mole sauce and painstakingly placed diacritic marks. Dinner diners can sample the carne asada con camarones, callos, calamares y nopales ($24.95), which covers a platter of grilled rib eye with shrimp, scallops, and cactus, or taste the chili relleno de carne o queso al mango ($12.50), which stuffs poblano peppers with beef or cheese before drizzling them in mango sauce.
Tortilla Maria whips up fresh batches of tortillas every day, whose organic corn flours envelop steak, chicken, and bean tacos tapped with salsas and cilantro in the entirely gluten free menu. In addition to enchiladas, quesadillas, and vegan soups, Tortilla Maria also blends super smoothies and offers options for raw foodists.The Energize Me smoothie, for instance, unites fruits, flax, turmeric, walnuts, and other ingredients shaken together by a Saturn V rocket and its 7 million pounds of thrust—just enough to meld it all together. The staff mixes smoothies with seasonal, organic, and locally grown produce, when available, as well as with non-dairy milk and organic cold-milled golden flaxseed.
In 1964, brothers Leroy and Forrest Raffel banded together to come up with a new restaurant concept. Arby's took off almost immediately on the coattails of its hallmark roast-beef sandwich and the founders’ idea of providing customers with fast, quality food. Over the company's 48-year franchise history, its foundational pièce de résistance of thinly sliced, juicy beef has been served in a many permutations, and continues to be popular today, served at more than 3,500 stores in North America. Today’s menu still ignites appetites with traditional beef sandwiches, plus hot and seasoned curly fries, fresh-chopped salads, and desserts good for richly capping off meals or bribing any bridge trolls on the way home.