The storefront offers a great 3-5 p.m. happy hour menu and “Upper Midwest”-inspired evening meals like crispy cast-iron chicken and “quarry-style” steak.
Vientiane holds up to its Southeast Asian name, showing skill with noodle soups and Thai specialties like pad see ew. And the sauce served with its spring rolls – light, piquant and speckled with crushed peanuts – is the best in town.
A tiptop taco need not come from a Mexican restaurant. What sets the bar for a breakfast taco is flavor and heat, both of which Mad Rooster’s trio has: scrambled eggs mixed with chicken chorizo, onion, mild poblano pepper, tomato and avocado. Raise the heat level with a few dabs of salsa ranchera.
Lines form early at the hostess station on the weekends. If you don’t mind a backless stool, the bar is comfortable and manned by a team of fast, friendly servers. Executive chef/co-owner Joe Muench offers familiar ideas packaged in untraditional ways. Don’t miss the stuffed browns, hoppel poppel and monkey bread. Read more…
Daddy’s Soul Food & Grille offers their popular fried chicken and waffles, which has been building fans rapidly. While chicken is offered daily, the rest of the buffet menu changes, rotating between barbecued short ribs, meat loaf, pork chops, catfish fillets and salmon patties.
This little bake shop has earned a diverse, devoted following for its cookies (triple-chocolate ginger), pastries (croissant) and rustic whole grain breads. Lunchtime options – a savory tart with potatoes and onions was a recent standout – are complemented, sweetly, by flaky creations, and there’s nary a wrong choice. But the kouign-amann (say “queen ah-mahn”) takes the (butter) cake.
It??s hard to beat the Reuben served at this hard-working, no-frills bar. McBob??s even does a meatloaf stuffed with corned beef and bacon. Not sold on beef? Try the build-your-own burger or massive tacos.
Cozy storefront space where the sushi bar chefs perform magic with fish, vegetables and condiments. Exceptional sashimi and nori rolls. Offers some Thai selections as well.
Visually, this place is relatively unchanged since opening in 1993. The old family photos and unpretentious, tight-fitting dining room make diners feel at home. It’s also helped that head chef Juan Urbieta has helmed this ship for so long. He keeps folks coming back for the fried calamari, brick-style chicken and hand-cut pappardelle with duck ragu.
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