Inside the ovens at Crazy Tomato, pizza crusts bubble up around an adventurous selection of toppings, including chopped steak, fries, roast beef, and feta cheese. Cheese-stuffed stromboli issue jets of steam across the pies and toasting sandwiches, which cooks scoop up to pack with dine-in, takeout, and delivery orders. Against the applause-like sound of crackling oil, fryers spill forth 1-pound servings of fries made exclusively from freshly cut potatoes shaped like Renaissance-era kings.
A collaboration between Joyce Salazar and her husband, Peruvian chef Ricardo, La Casa de Tapas crafts small plates from traditional Peruvian, Spanish, and Mediterranean dishes. The menu, which was nominated for a Silver Spoon Award from Susquehanna Style magazine, ranges from vegetable paella and fried Latin American cheese to slow-cooked filet tips in house cilantro sauce and sautéed shrimp with margarita sauce. Barkeeps complement bites with South American cocktails handcrafted with local fruits and served in a hollowed-out soccer ball. Meanwhile, the resident sommelier curates a wine list of imported reds and whites from South America, Spain, and Italy. Meals unfold in what Flip Side describes as a "chic atmosphere with salmon-colored walls" and upbeat Latin American music playing in the background.
Though the menu is full of sandwiches, the staff at Raemi's Cafe keeps things interesting by making classic favorites with a little twist. They dip whole-wheat bread in vanilla egg batter before grilling the Monte Cristo, and for the italian roast beef, they layer cheddar, beef, and housemade sauce atop asiago-crusted bread. On the menu, the wraps are described as "ridiculously large," and it's easy to see why with all the ingredients they enfold. Naimese chicken is drizzled in a hot-sweet sauce and wrapped up with broccoli, carrots, cabbage, and tomatoes, and the Mexico City's jalapeño cheese tortilla holds seasoned beef, salsa, cheddar, and avocado. When corporate clients plan big lunchtime meetings or breakfast after a sleepover, they assemble a meal with help of the café's catering staff.
The award-winning Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar boasts more than 80 flat-screen televisions, ensuring visitors have the best seat in the house, regardless if they’re sitting at the centrally located bar or in the surrounding sports-themed dining rooms. As they root for their favorite NFL running back or reel in horror as a streaker wrecks another perfectly good lacrosse match, diners can feast on an enormous selection of pub classics, such as jumbo-fried Angus hot dogs, house-made mac and cheese mixed with sirloin burger, or wings tossed in one of more than 40 award-winning sauces.
To help wash down bites, bartenders can crack open more than 50 bottled beers and pour from 28 drafts, each kept at 29 degrees using their Blizzard Beer System. Barkeeps can also craft margaritas with a house-made sour mix or pour shots of Arooga's own Sagoora Premium Vodka, made in partnership with Philadelphia Distilleries.
Along with keeping thirsts quenched, Agoora's proprietors work to keep the environment in good shape by recycling grease and taking other eco-friendly measures, earning themselves a nice big green certification.
Owner and chef of Josephine’s Restaurant, Daniel LeBoon learned to cook the old fashioned way—from other cooks—and spent his formative years on the line at establishments like Georges Perrier’s Le Bec Fin in Philadelphia and Alain Ducasse’s Hôtel Vernet in Paris. Armed with experience—and a certification as a professional sommelier—he opened Josephine’s Restaurant and started preparing his own culinary creations. He chose a classic log home as his venue, which was first built in 1792. Exposed beams hang over the dining room, flanked by log and stucco walls. Amidst this rustic charm, LeBoon artfully crafts every plate he sends out of the kitchen. He pairs his meals with an investigated and curated list of up-and-coming wines, which don’t require the extra-large trailers that more star-powered wines need.
Within the cozy, plush confines of a 19th-century brownstone mansion, Alfred's Victorian crafts specialty Northern Italian dishes alongside hand-cut pastas. Appetizers rouse tongue-napping taste buds with dishes such as mussels Livorno, baked in a savory tomato garlic sauce ($8), and the three-cheese-topped french onion soup ($6). Pasta patrons can give a toothy salute to the Al Ragu bolognese, which smothers hand-cut tagliatelle in a thick tuscan meat sauce and an even thicker accent ($15), while anti-carnivorous cravings can be sated by bites of portobello Ariana, a savory amalgamation of fresh spinach, melted provolone, and toasted almonds ($17). Pescatarians can launch a table-mounted trident into Alfred's many seafood delights, including cioppino with clams, scallops, shrimp, and mussels ($27).