Cops, lawyers, secretaries, hipsters, football fans, and neighborhood residents sooner or later, everyone ends up at Karls, for the good food, well-stocked bar, and unpretentious vibe. A one-pound corned-beef sandwich is the house specialty; other good bets include the Friday-night fish fry and the well-dressed Snuggery Burger.
It’s clear that chef and owner Leon Liang takes pride in his sushi, buying and slicing the finest fish he can get his deft hands on. In addition to staples like tuna, salmon, and yellowtail, there are daily specials like sea bream, horse mackerel, and fresh uni. For non-sushi diners, Kasai offers the usual roundup of tempuras, yakitoris, and noodle and rice dishes.
If you sent the Lee Road diner cars through some sort of magical car wash, what would come out the other end is the Katz Club Diner. The chrome is brighter, the glass clearer, and the linens crisper. On the menu are comfort foods like eggs Benedict, corned beef hash, chicken a la King, and meatloaf with mashed potatoes – all cooked the "Doug Katz Way." In the morning, a well-tended coffee bar dispatches cups of locally roasted java and fresh-baked pastries.