El Porton Mexican Restaurant has sated cravings for fresh, healthy ingredients for more than two decades, serving up authentic Mexican lunches and dinners that complement the bar’s array of 85 tequilas. Amid golden walls that evoke a warm afternoon in a tropical cantina, guests kick-start stomachs by watching chefs craft lime-infused guacamole tableside. From the kitchen, beef and shrimp fajitas sizzle, wafting aromas of onion and bell pepper that transform into cartoon hands to lure in noses. Warm days open El Porton's patio, where sunshine heightens the flavors of make-your-own combo platters spread with chile rellenos, tostadas, and burritos, as well as USDA steaks aged a minimum of 21 days. Tequila shots arrive in flights or individually, and customizable margaritas in flavors such as mango and classic lime pour forth from salt-rimmed glasses to accentuate entrees and fuel conversations about Mexico's hidden agave rivers.
Over 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 ($4.99–$7.99), the entire menu is flavorfully filled to capacity with delicious grilled combinations. The chicken bacon club with provolone and all the fixins ($5.19–$7.59) 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 ($5.19–$7.69). Diners can load their gastronomic cargo-carriers with a combo meal, complete with Charley's famously crisp fries, or ascend a mountain of abominably coated fries featuring cheddar, ranch, and bacon ($2.99), the ideal defense against yetis, yeti-sized hungers, and jitters felt during first dates with yetis.
The chefs at Lemongrass Asian Bistro stir-fry flavorful entrees, vegetarian noodles, and rice, and roll fresh sushi—some of the myriad dishes of authentic Asian cuisine on an extensive menu. Chicken, snow peas, mushrooms, and carrots practice their backstroke in the moo goo gai pan's white-wine sauce ($8.45–$9.95), and the Ten Tigers lets crispy jumbo shrimp rub elbows with garlic and dried chili ($16.95). A lengthy roster of sushi options tempts tongues with classic and exotic varieties, such as the Sunset—tuna tartare and crab salad tidily enveloped in pink soy paper ($12.95). Like a parental-advisory warning on a Hall & Oates CD, the menu’s labeled spicy dishes indicate what may be too hot to handle.
Back Yard Burgers serves up North American Black Angus burgers hash-marked to order on genuine flame-licked grills. Third-pound patties dress for dinner with lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, dill pickles, and a condimental trio of ketchup, mustard, and mayo ($3.59). Or gussy up for patty prom with premium add-ons such as coleslaw, chili, sautéed mushrooms, bacon, and more ($0.35–$0.60 per topping). The grill masters also flip the first white meat, prepping Hawaiian chicken sandwiches with grilled pineapple, mustard, mayo, and lettuce ($4.09). Away from the flames, feel free to enjoy a loaded baked potato ($2.79) and a wide range of pairable plates such as chili cheese fries ($2.59 for regular size), garden salads ($2.19), and sweetly baked fruit cobblers ($1.99).