Los Parceros chefs fold fresh vegetables, meats, and cheeses into the snacks favored by the street vendors and casual eateries of Colombia. They shower soft corn cakes in shredded beef, chicken, and plantains while plump empanadas bake in the oven. The skilled chefs also whip up innovative twists on American favorites, showering hot dogs and burgers in spicy Colombian sauces.
True to its name, The Vegan Cafe prepares a deliciously nutritious menu of vegan treats. Menu items can include gently oven-baked tomatoes stuffed with raw spinach, quinoa, and seeds, a zesty veggie "meatball" bowl topped in marinara sauce, and a raw nori roll, full of veggies and topped with a special sauce.
The fine-fingered beefsmiths at White Crescent Burgers have been crafting a delectable menu of fast, fresh foodstuffs since 1958. Quell a pintsize appetite with mini Moonies, slider-style burgers accented with onions, pickles, ketchup, and cheese ($1.49 each). The 8-ounce Half Moon hamburger satiates carnivorous appetites whether served plain ($5.09), with bacon ($5.89), or with cheese ($5.89), and the 4-ounce Western burger arrives with american cheese, barbecue sauce, crispy onions, and an original score by Ennio Morricone ($4.99). Like Abbot to a mustard-covered Costello, the Hebrew National kosher hot dog ($3.69) plays straight man to the ground rounds, providing an alternative all-beef option in frank form, and an order of wings ($7.99 for 10) flings palates skyward with soaring flavors such as honey, garlic, barbecue, or hot sauce.
At Pasha Restaurant & Hookah Lounge, guests puff wisps of sweetly flavored smoke from bubbling hookahs, marveling at live performances of Middle Eastern music and dance. DJs spin futuristic tunes as singers croon and belly dancers twist and shimmy, making for a captivating performance to complement a feast of Mediterranean food, juices, and relaxing smoke.
At La Fonda Restaurant, orders of adventurous Latin cuisine such as ranchero steak with fried egg, creole beef tongue, and fried red snapper arrive artfully plated on white serving ware. By night, the restaurant turns into a nightclub with streamers hanging from the ceiling and live entertainment gracing a purple glowing stage. Past events include performances by live DJs and throwback dance parties featuring hits of ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s.
The staff at Italiano's Pizza, Pasta & More cooks up Italian-inspired fare, rising early each day to begin kneading pizza dough and stirring sauces. In the busy kitchen, a panini press clamps down on slices of bread concealing prosciutto and mozzarella or chicken parmesan alongside plates of seafood and eggplant. Diners also concoct their own pasta dishes, choosing from five fresh-made sauces and a variety of noodle shapes, which each hold sauce in distinct fashions and allow macaroni-based greeting cards to convey more complex emotions.