Wen Hwa's wok-wielding culinarians craft a lineup of authentic Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai dishes using fresh ingredients and Asian seasonings. Sate murmuring stomach pixies with a creamy cup of asparagus-crabmeat soup ($4.50) before tongue diving into more substantial spreads, such as a bowl of lo mein noodles, served with your choice of beef, chicken or shrimp ($11.95–$14.95), or the sesame-honey chicken ($12.95). Voracious grass grazers hungry enough to gnaw on play-dough steaks can sharpen incisors on the veggie-lettuce wrap ($6.95) or the lemongrass tofu ($8.95) topped with a heap of garden goodies. For dessert, infuse taste buds with a citrusy slice of mango cheesecake ($5.50) or flip the globe on its axis with a piece of italian tiramisu ($5.50).
Catered Affairs, the former owners of Deacon Tower Grille, brings its distinctive cuisine to a new eatery with Phoenix Grille Downtown. To enrich succulent steaks, from 16-ounce prime rib to 8-ounce filet mignons, Phoenix Grille Downtown's chefs offer what they call personal touches. Said upgrades range from classic toppings, like mushrooms and onions or whiskey peppercorn sauce, to rubs of blended rosemary, garlic, and black pepper. The upscale steaks stand out among Phoenix Grille Downtown's other cuisine, much of which draws on southern comfort food. To wit: tangy tomato glazes coat hunks of Angus meatloaf, and local catfish fillets can arrive fried or grilled Cajun style.
Just as Thomas Edison stumbled through useless prototypes of light bulbs and movie cameras before perfecting the phonograph, the alchemists at Qdoba Mexican Grill took 47 attempts before landing on the franchise's signature blend of three cheeses, known simply as queso. That attention to detail still pervades every aspect of the menu, as employees spend hours each day chopping, dicing, and simmering the fresh ingredients that find their way into burritos, taco salads, and grilled quesadillas. Beyond the marinated bites of chicken, beef, and pork and hand-crafted tortillas, cooks protect their ripe, fragile avocados from harm by smashing them into batches of fluffy guacamole.
You won't just find spicy tuna and simple vegetable rolls on Osaka Japanese Cuisine and Sushi Bar's menu. The Super Duper roll alone combines at least seven ingredients?including eel and shrimp?into a masterpiece that's topped with a heap of seared tuna and a spicy raw-fish salad that reaches several inches high. And, each dish is just as much a delight to see as it is to eat; just open up a colorful, seven-component bento box or order up an appetizer like the seared-tuna-and-avocado salad, which floats to tables on a boat beautifully topped with deep reds and creamy greens.
Good barbecue takes time. That's why the chefs at Blue Smoke BBQ spend up to 14 hours smoking bone-in ribs, beef brisket, and other meats, watching for the telltale pink tint that is the sign of proper smoking. They also check the meats' internal temperature with a thermometer to ensure that each rack or fillet is fully cooked, yet retains its natural juices. Sides such as hush puppies, collard greens, and cheese grits laced with tomatoes and green chilies complete plates, and dishes of banana pudding sweeten palates at meals' end.
In the kitchen at Mario?s Pizza, chefs heap cheese, steak, and sun-dried tomatoes onto oversize New York?style and sicilian pizza crusts. A white pizza covered in ricotta cheese, fresh garlic, and mozzarella reminds taste buds of eating a delicious snowman, and comes in sizes ranging from 10 inches to as large as 24 inches. Baked pasta and sandwiches, such as a philly steak, round out the menu.