What originally began as a modest shop in the back of a home in Santiago de Cali has morphed into Sandwich Qbano, a sandwich chain with locations across Colombia and Florida. The eatery churns out wraps, salads, and sandwiches such as the italiano, the teriyaki, and the classic cuban.
Described in simplest terms, the plates at La Ventana Colombian Restaurant could be confused with those at an American eatery: steak, pork chops, and even a hot dog. However, the sides and toppings add a distinctly Colombian flair. The hot dog, for example, comes crowned with cheese, pineapple sauce, and potato chips. The steak, meanwhile, is doused in creole sauce, and the pork chop features a scoop of fried green plantains. Caramel flan and other traditional desserts add a sweet finish to meals, and classic cocktails such as mojitos and margaritas evoke memories of the beach as vividly as spiced rum served in empty sunscreen bottles.
During the last three decades, Charley’s has shuffled up standard decks of carbs in a fresh, innovative fashion. Though the soul of Charley’s spawns from the beefy abyss of the signature cheesesteak sandwiches ($4.59–$8.99), the entire menu is flavorfully filled to capacity with delicious grilled combinations (prices vary by location). The chicken teriyaki sandwich ($4.89–$9.29) is quaint for a stomach sublet, while the Italian deli deluxe carnivorously conquers with a bed of pepperoni, ham, turkey, provolone, and generous dustings of Italian seasoning ($4.59–$8.99). Diners can load their gastronomic cargo-carriers with a combo meal, complete with Charley's famously crisp fries ($1.79–$1.89 for a regular order), or ascend a mountain of abominably coated fries featuring cheddar, ranch, and bacon
The culinary experts at Ali’s Grille & Cafe craft extensive menus for lunch and dinner, silencing growling hunger pangs with an array of soups, salads, sandwiches, and more. Pick up one of Ali’s handheld comestibles, such as the three-cheese panini on a ciabatta bun ($5.95) or the bacon-wrapped black-bean burger that rides atop a portobello mushroom ($7.95). An asian oriental salad mixes mandarin oranges, red peppers, cinnamon honey almonds, and chinese noodles with a sesame ginger dressing ($6.95), while a java-rubbed rib steak topped with onions and portobello mushrooms comes accompanied by a baked potato and sauteed zuchini ($15.95). Feeding frenzies get a grand liquid finale with an espresso milkshake ($4) or a fresh strawberry-banana smoothie ($4), and Ali’s can infuse its beverages with health-enlivening vitamins and minerals ($1.99–$2.99), including antioxidants, vitamin B12, and protein to build up muscles before arm-wrestling with a western lowland gorilla.
Frankie I’s artisan pub fare steams beneath 12 big-screen televisions and vibrates with live tunes emanating from a cavernous loft stage. Signature dishes lend a gourmet John Hancock to traditional pub cuisine with entrees such as the Greek-style stuffed salmon florentine, comprising a freshly caught Atlantic salmon fillet packed with spinach, spices, and feta atop wild rice and crinkly parchment ($16.95). Other proteins include the homestyle baked pork chop with sausage and sage stuffing ($12.95), as well as the 24-ounce bone-in rib eye, cut by hand and topped with caramelized onions and mushrooms ($27.95). Diners may also savor the fried-shrimp platter, which chefs bread and haul from the deep fryer to bathe in house-made tartar and cocktail sauces ($15.95).