Part of a Texas-based chain, this "casual upscale" eatery does a good job with everything from burritos to bacon-wrapped shrimp. But it's the handsome bar with its big collection of sippin' tequilas, margaritas, and icy micheladas that stamps our passport; add a basketful of warm translucent chips, the muy picante salsa, and an order of guacamole, and we might have to apply for a visa.
Like a well-worn couch, this vintage corner tavern may show its age, but its comfort is undeniable. For proof, just look at the diverse clientele, chowing down on big portions of hearty, inexpensive food. While the burgers are always a good bet, the eclectic offerings include everything from ham & eggs to veal Parmesan, and chicken paprikash to black-eyed peas.
This little spot in Uptown Solon Center covers all bases. Diners can sit at the bright, pleasant sushi bar and savor lovely fresh nigiri and maki sushi, or take a seat at one of the big hibachi tables and enjoy stir-fried steak, chicken, and seafood dishes. For those who want a comforting bowl of noodles and a cozy tête-à-tête, the tables in the restaurant provide a romantic perch.
Aladdins serves a variety of simply prepared, Middle Eastern-inspired foods, including homemade soups, salads, pita wraps, steamed veggie plates, and pita pizzas. Choices for vegetarians abound, and freshly squeezed juices, fruit smoothies, and a small selection of beers and wines are available.
Another step in restaurateur Fady Chamoun's campaign to blanket the Midwest in hummus and fool medames, the Hudson Aladdin's is a good-looking monument to the appeal of all things healthful, with plenty of vegan/vegetarian options, a long list of freshly squeezed juices and fruit smoothies and a small selection of beer and wine too.
Aladdin's serves a variety of simply prepared, Middle Eastern-inspired foods, including homemade soups, salads, pita wraps, steamed veggie plates, and pita "pizzas." Choices for vegetarians abound, and freshly squeezed juices, fruit smoothies, and a small selection of beer and wine are available.
Aladdin's serves reliable, health-conscious foods like freshly squeezed juices, vegetarian chili, and an assortment of pita and roll-up sandwiches. For dessert, some diners can't get enough of the crunchy, honey-soaked walnut baklava, which is some of the best around.
This airy downtown deli serves everything a time-crunched worker craves, including breakfast fare, soup, salads, sandwiches, and an assortment of freshly made Lebanese standards. (Hint: try the hummus and the grape leaves.)
A little bit Greek, a little bit Middle Eastern and perhaps even slightly northern Indian, the names, ingredients and flavor notes of Anatolia's authentic Turkish cuisine will strike familiar chords for veteran tabletop travelers. "Don't-miss" dishes include sleek and smoky baba ghannouj, lamb-and-beef doner kebab and its yogurt-topped sibling, iskender. To drink, splurge on a bottle of Kalecik Karasi, a full-bodied red from Turkey's most prestigious vineyard.
This laid-back little coffeehouse serves up some of Venezuela's finest in chocolates, coffee, and the sweet and savory creations of chef-baker Carmela de Abreu. Among the freshly made picks: El Rey hot chocolate, with cinnamon and cardamom; cream of black bean soup; and beautiful Tres Leches cakes. Beverages and pastries are always available, but if you want a meal, be sure to visit between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
There are pizzas. And then there are Angelos pizzas: plump, fragrant works of art, from the thick provolone topping all the way down to the rich, yeasty crust. The chicken club is good, the veggie is great and the creamy, cheesy seafood pizza, topped with lobster cream, shrimp, crabmeat and fresh spinach, is the stuff of which our dreams are made. Salads, sandwiches, wings, a few pasta platters and a worthwhile beer list round out the menu at this good-looking spot.
In a neighborhood where you can't swing a pizza box without hitting an Italian restaurant, this is one of the best, with generous servings of thoughtfully prepared foods, at reasonable prices. Specialties include angel-hair pasta loaded with plump, intensely flavored sun-dried tomatoes, fresh spinach, and chopped kalamata olives, tossed with garlic and olive oil.
Chef Mario Marotta presides over this intimate and authentic Italian restaurant, where the rustic dishes bring to mind meals we ate at Nonnas kitchen table. Homemade sauces, imported cheeses and plenty of fresh herbs make everything from saltimbocca to spaghettini San Remo sing; add a bottle of Chianti from the extensive, all-Italian wine list, and the harmonies seem even sweeter.
Sleek decor and friendly service distinguish this little Italian restaurant in a suburban strip plaza. Lots of chicken, veal, seafood, and pasta dishes brighten the menu, some of them with the restaurant's namesake sauce a spicy blend of tomatoes and cayenne pepper. Well-thought-out list of American and Italian wines.
This airy, contemporary space houses a small but well-stocked art gallery and a friendly neighborhood coffee shop, with a menu built around sandwiches, salads and creative homemade soups. Some kid-sized tables and chairs help make this a hangout the whole family can enjoy.
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