Known more for its ribs than its rock, Pacers features DJs on the weekends. A mammoth TV and lots of booths make it a good place to watch sports.
This funky, art-driven café specializes in all matter of spicy brews, or, as they like to call them: "Hot pots o' soul." The star here, no surprise, is chili, made from hand-chopped meats, fresh chiles, and proprietary spice blends. Varieties include Texas beef, chicken verde, spicy vegan, and white-hot pork. Chili also finds its way onto kick-ass chili dogs, Sloppy Joes, and nachos grande. Other items include tacos, chicken wraps, gazpacho and milkshakes.
An eye-opening experience for anyone who thinks Asian food is limited to lo mein in paper containers. This cuisine rambles between Cambodian home cooking and Vietnamese classics. The menu – heavy with descriptions and suggestions – reads like a textbook.
Pho 99 is located inside the Asian Town Center in Asiatown. The bright and spare restaurant seats about 40 and sticks mostly to well-made versions of the Vietnamese national dish, pho. The small menu also offers crispy fried spring rolls, fresh summer rolls, and a few other items.
The Phoenix coffeehouse pours steamers, chai and green tea along with classic espresso for a crowd that ranges from brokers to skateboarders. Plenty of futon couch for lounging, and bistro tables for bran, biscotti or a bagel.
A popular lunch stop for downtowns white-collar crew, Porcellis serves a simple but sophisticated menu of salads, sandwiches, and pastas, including gnocchi with pesto cream and penne with chicken, spinach, and walnuts. Prices are reasonable, particularly by downtown standards, and speedy service will get you back to the office before Scrooge even knows youve ducked out.
This quick-casual joint specializes in those little Central American treats called pupusas. Filled with various toppings, the thick tortillas are griddle fried till crisp and corny. Also on tap here are great tacos and tamales: fresh, cheap, and utterly delicious.
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