• Inspired by the honky tonk culture that arose in Bakersfield, Caif.. in the 1950s, this upscale diner, located in a renovated fire station, offers a taste of classic American and Tex-Mex cuisines. Chicken-fried steak and catfish share menu space with empanadas and several varieties of chili.
    259-9540
    whiskeybythedrink.com
  • Sample European cafe-style fare at this charming spot in Clifton. Try an espresso or cappucino for a morning pick-me-up. The lunch and dinner menus include salads and fresh-made paninis, steaks, pastas and grilled salmon, along with an assortment of pastries and authentic gelato. Whatever you do, don’t miss the pommes frites.
    895-0076
    caffe-classico.com
  • A contemporary cafe, serving hot and cold deli sandwiches with sassy names. Try the “Bamm!! I’m Good!” or the “It Ain’t Easy Bein Cheesy.” They also do box lunches to go and event catering.
    896-1488
    cravecafeandcatering.com
  • Offering “a hundred thousand welcomes,” this lively pub tries to recreate an authentic atmosphere and serves savory Irish staples, from bangers and mash and Guinness beef stew to salmon

    899-3544
    theirishroverky.com
  • Mexican fare with a California Twist (fish tacos are a popular item) and the unusual and upbeat atmosphere make this a favorite on Frankfort Avenue.
    899-9930
    502elmundo.com
  • This unpretentious place will appeal to people who love two things: meat and beer. They cook pulled pork, ribs, chicken, and salmon in a smoker out front and offer a nice beer selection. Don’t miss “Beerhalla,” the backyard filled with putt-putt, cornhole, and beer pong games.
    895-3223
    frankfortavenuebeerdepot.com
  • Annie May’s offers cakes, pies, cookies, and breads for dessert lovers with food allergies — or any dessert lovers, really. All items are gluten-free, peanut-free, and tree nut-free, and many can be made without other common allergens like soy and dairy.
    384-2667
    anniemayssweetcafe.com
  • This all-vegetarian Asian eatery features a variety of excellent soups as well as noodle and stir-fry dishes that offer lemongrass, curry sauce and black bean sauce, among other options. The soft spring rolls, tomato dill soup and sesame soybeans (a tofu dish) are highly recommended.
    895-9114
    zengardenrestaurant.org
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    899-9904
    varanese.com
  • Shiraz offers fast, fresh Mediterranean food. Choose from char-grilled meat, fish, or veggies and other ala carte items like hummus or spicy avocado bruschetta.
    891-8854
    shirazmg.net