Each dish at Thai Herb Authentic Thai Cuisine incorporates dozens of fresh ingredients, creating taste profiles that are complex and painstakingly balanced. The chefs adhere to age-old techniques to create such harmonious blends, whether it's by complementing sweet basil with spicy peppers or by brightening the flavors of rich red curry with tropical mango and fresh coconut milk. It takes nearly a full day to craft each curry dish on the menu, meaning that diners should refrain from talking about sports-games outcomes until the chefs can visit their DVRs.
When you first walk into Krazy Fish, it’s apparent that the restaurant’s staff has had some fun with its moniker. Murals of giant sea creatures colorize the walls, and mannequins swim in green-tinsel seaweed and reefs of faux-pearl necklaces. But, like Charlotte magazine says, “as soon as you’re sipping the restaurant’s icy hibiscus, ginger, and honey agua fresca or digging into the tender, citrus-flavored ceviche appetizer, you’ll barely noticed [sic] the odd plastic fish hanging above your table.”
Krazy Fish’s eclectic menu teems with fresh seafood, southern-inspired comfort fare, and bowls of Asian noodles. The kitchen staff infuses pan-seared swai with spicy wasabi and sprinkles with cilantro grown in the backyard garden. Seven types of salsas enliven the tacos, including the tropical pineapple salsa. Krazy Fish also offers three TVs for game watching, a wide selection of beer, wine, and mixed drinks, and is available for private events.
Executive Chef Doug Triolo takes a modern approach with each dish on his menu to foster an open, contemporary environment at Graffiti’s Bistro. Medallions of pork tenderloins are stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon to complement the citrus sweetness of an orange marmalade. The chefs temper the spicy kick of blackened tilapia with a Grand Marnier sauce and rub filet mignon with traditional Montreal spices. Diners get in on the experimentation by customizing gourmet burgers with eclectic toppings such as coleslaw, applewood bacon, and bermuda onions. In the bistro’s dining rooms, dark wood accents create an elegant atmosphere complemented by cabinets filled with wine bottles and a marble-plated fireplace. On the weekends, local musicians strum guitars and shatter priceless vases to the beats of Motown and contemporary rock, which can be heard on the outdoor patio as patrons dine underneath oversize umbrellas.
Los Cabos Mexican Grill treats its guests to a spread of sizzling chicken and steak fajitas, overstuffed burritos, and tacos filled with generous portions of meat, beans, and veggies. A wall-sized mural of rocky oceanside coves and leaping dolphins makes for an ideal backdrop for feasts of whole fried tilapia or icy beverages, such as beer-infused margaritas. Black-clad mariachi troupes travel from table to table, blasting horns and plucking strings as guests hoist steins of beer and dine on chorizo and chicken.
Anyone unsure of how Tap's Pourhouse and Eatery got its name need only glance at the bar area. More than 60 taps, ranging from such classics as Guinness and Sam Adams to craft brews including North Coast PranQster Belgian and Stone IPA, line the custom wood bar. Customers can perch there on a barstool or sidle up to a dining table to pair their brews with plates of jumbo wings or bacon cheddar burgers. Wherever their position, diners will have a plentiful view of the big game—more than 30 TVs line the restaurant's walls, displaying a full spread of the night's sporting events. Tap's also features a brunch and lunch menu, along with unusual kid's meals that include chopped chicken salads and 4-ounce hangar steaks.
At Kobe Hero Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar’s 16 tableside grills, masterful Teppan chefs elicit delighted gasps and occasional shouts of, “Fore!” as they toss and sear the meat, seafood, or veggies that comprise their signature hibachi dishes. But sizzling plates of shrimp and lobster tail or filet mignon and scallops represent merely a portion of the menu; the other part is occupied by sushi delicately crafted by the deft chefs behind the bar. Much like a theatre professor’s living will, each colorful roll is designed and presented artistically, with selections such as the Poison Spider roll showcasing the oranges and greens of soft-shell crab, spicy crab, masago, lettuce, green onion, and cucumber.