Bangkok Thai Passion
Bates New England Seafood & Steakhouse
Crafted Block & Brew
Crafted Block & Brew (I can't explain the Block part, although the food is served on wooden trays, so maybe that's it?) looks like it wants to stay a long time. With a little more attention to the food's quality and less time trying too hard to make it creative plus more even service, it could make it.
|Address||2417 S. Hiawassee Road|
The available dishes are on display behind glass in a steam table. Don't be intimidated by them; any of the ladies will be glad to explain what they are, but do pay special attention to the more authentic Filipino dishes. After all, there are darned few Filipino restaurants in the area, and you can get spaghetti at thousands of places around town (and yes, spaghetti is on Inay's menu)....
|Address||1097 S. Clarke Road|
Itar Bistro Market
|Address||1 W. Silver Star Road|
This is one of my favorite authentic Mexican restaurants in the area. Nothing fancy -- why should it be? -- just good, food.... Read more
RusTeak fancies itself a gastropub, and indeed it has a pubbish atmosphere, casual and convivial.
On the gastro side, the menu features an array of flatbreads and burgers as well as fuller entrees, including pastas and steaks to more involved creations.
For my entree I selected the Mahi Out of Control, a kitchen-sink kind of offering that had a grilled fillet of mahi mahi buried beneath sauteed diced shrimp, toasted almonds, cherry tomatoes and broccolini, all of it sitting atop a bed of vegetable and potato hash. It was the sort of dish that could be a huge mess if it didn’t feature quality ingredients, but all of it was first-rate, not the least among them the firm, fresh-tasting mahi....
|Address||1568 Maguire Road|
Here’s an interesting little place on the west side of town. It’s a Japanese restaurant called Sapporo Ramen in a weary worn shopping center now called Chinatown.
Most Americans know ramen only as something they haven’t eaten since grad school. But this is not same as the incredibly cheap -- multiple meanings there -- Top Ramen sold as a dry noodle soup mix in the crinkly packages. This is something truly delicious.
Ramen is, indeed, a type of wheat noodle. Although it is mainly associated with Japan -- and here is served in a restaurant named for either the city or the brewery in that country -- ramen originated in China, so it isn’t so strange that Sapporo Ramen is located in a place called Chinatown (the Italian restaurant around the corner is another matter).
And as long as we’re on the name, you should know that ramen isn’t the only type of noodle available. Soba and udon noodles have their own sections. And if you prefer rice, there’s a section on the menu board for curries served with rice.
I love Japanese curries, which tend to be roux-ier than Indian curries. And in fact it was the spicy beef stew curry that was the favorite dish I tried at Sapporo. By appearan...
|Address||5080 W. Colonial Drive|