Appetizers, two sandwiches, pastas and a smattering of entrées, like pork chops in a beurre blanc cream and eggplant alla parmigiana. Recipes for the meat lasagna – flavorful and rich, with a terrific beef sauce foundation – and other staples come from Fazzari’s cousin in Italy. My top pick: chicken in Marsala-mushroom cream sauce over penne.
The Brass Alley has a great space, ample room on the patio, and an inviting atmosphere. Its N’awlins theme has you ready for a second line at any time of day. (Read more)
A convenient stop before a show at the Rep, Pabst or Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. The best table at this sixth-floor restaurant (inside the Intercontinal Hotel) has a large window with views of the busy intersection of Kilbourn and Water. Order the Big Boy burger (cut into quarters) as an appetizer, then sink into the beer-braised short ribs.
This spot is ripe for anyone looking for mealtime bliss. The textures and colors of this hotel restaurant add a modern atmosphere.
When it comes to Chinese lunch buffets, China Gourmet is renowned for the freshness of its selection. Food is prepared in smaller batches and replenished often. Crab rangoons, mu shu crepes and steamed chicken dumplings are just a few of the terrific options not to be missed.