Restaurant Roundup: Global flavors, late-night menu, Coke vs. Pepsi

June 21, 2018

Khorasan Kabob House has been making improvements as part of its one-year anniversary in its new location at 12th Street and Garfield Avenue. The Afghan eatery has moved and expanded its traditional seating area, which is on the floor. Up to 12 diners can eat in the space, which is covered with handmade rugs. The restaurant also has added online services and a membership club. Through its website, diners can reserve a table or order ahead to dine in or take out. With the Skewer Club, diners get a 10 percent discount on entrees and earn points on purchases that can be redeemed for $10 off a meal. Khorasan, which is owned by Arian Wisaal, serves a $10 buffet at lunch Tuesday through Saturday. Diners can order from the menu in the evenings. It’s closed Mondays.

Phillips Avenue Diner has extended its hours on Friday and Saturday nights and features a limited menu. The  special menu is available from 10 p.m. to midnight. It features three appetizers, three breakfast dishes, chicken tenders, two burgers, and hot beef and hot turkey sandwiches. One downside – no milkshakes during those hours. The late nights at the downtown diner are expected to run through the first week of August.

Parker’s Bistro has introduced its summer menu, which focuses on seafood and vegetarian/vegan dishes with Mediterranean and Spanish flavors. Here’s a photo of the sea scallops entree, which showcases seared scallops paired with asparagus, fennel fronds, bee pollen, spiced hazelnut oil, avocado-pea puree and fennel aioli. There’s also scallop ceviche, duck carnitas tacos, a chef’s choice fresh seafood entree, lobster gazpacho, a tapas plate and a vegan stir fry. Diners at the downtown restaurant will still find signature items on the menu.

Bread & Circus Sandwich Kitchen’s next version of Taqueria El Circo, where tacos take over the menu for an entire day, will feature global flavors. Tuesday’s choices include lamb korma, churrasco beef, smoked tomato ratatouille, shoyu chicken and Moroccan fish. Instead of chips and salsa, the restaurant on the north end of downtown will serve pita chips with cauliflower hummus and tomato relish. Taqueria El Circo is the last Tuesday of the month.

Arby’s set two Guinness World Records, including one in a Nebraska field, when it announced its switch from Pepsi to Coke products. It had Georgia Tech create the smallest ad – under 40 microns — on a sesame seed. The message, which was revealed in the largest city in the U.S. – New York — read “A big announcement is coming. This isn’t it.” Arby’s then had Brooke Graphics in Chicago create the largest advertisement, an almost 5-acre vinyl tarp banner that read, “Arby’s now has Coke.” It laid out the message on a field in the smallest city in the country:  Monowi, Neb., population: 1. The incorporated town is only a few miles from the South Dakota border. The three Arby’s in Sioux Falls and the other eight franchise locations owned by American Roast Beef Inc. were done making the switch to Coke in May, president Joe James said. The decision, which was made by the corporate office, made some customers angry and others happy, he said. “You’ve got your Pepsi fans and your Coke fans, you’re always going to have that.”

Cody’s Smokehouse’s Summer Rib Celebration runs through summer. Diners get 25 percent off ribs. The locally owned restaurant on Louise Avenue south of 69th Street opened last summer.  It’s an original concept from restaurant veteran Joe Cody, and the owners of the award-winning Smoky D’s BBQ in Des Moines provided the recipes and guidance for the smoking.










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Restaurant Roundup: Global flavors, late-night menu, Coke vs. Pepsi

Try a meal sitting on the floor and find lots of global-flavored features at other restaurants, or go the American route with diner food, barbecue and Coke.

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