Signature Dish/Sweet Tooth

BY Sara Leary

Signature Dish: Pick a pepper

It is something unique that not a lot of other restaurants have says Lai Somsnith owner of Tokyo 101 of the stuffed jalapeno peppers offered as an appetizer at his restaurant.
The dish made of up six jalapeno halves is one of the most popular items on the menu Somsnith says. The seeds are removed from the peppers so the only spicy sensation comes from the sauces themselves.
The lightly fried peppers are stuffed with shrimp crabmeat and vegetables then drizzled with four different sauces including spicy mayo and eel sauce.
Tokyo 101s atmosphere is extremely versatile calm and quiet making it perfect for all occasions. From the textured glass windows to the bamboo awning over the sushi bar the interior is influenced by Japanese culture.
The popular restaurant has even been visited by multiple celebrities most recently Beau Bridges and Christopher Lloyd and in the past Somsnith says actors from Brothers and Sisters One Tree Hill and other hit television shows have made Tokyo 101 their dinner destination.
Tokyo 101 is the beginning of something new says Somsnith who opened the restaurant in July 2009 at Mayfaire Town Center. We hope to expand in the future and continue to grow every day.
880 Town Center Drive (910) 399-3101

Sweet Tooth: Nutty for crepes

The delectable French treat known as a crpe is more than just a thin pancake and whipped cream at local restaurant Our Crepes & More. With hundreds of topping combinations and ingredients the family-owned business prides itself on getting creative.
The Crazy Nutella is the perfect summer dessert. Filled with Nutella and topped with homemade Nutella ice cream whipped cream and Nutella powder this supreme crepe is deliciously popular.
This isnt your typical French bistro says Jacqueline Marguerat who opened the restaurant with her husband in June 2010. We wanted high quality but with affordable prices. French food tends to be expensive but we wanted to stay reasonable.
After studying at a culinary school in the South of France it is no wonder that the Marguerats make such terrific crpes. In addition to dessert crpes Our Crepes & More also serves savory crpes that similar to sandwiches are made with ingredients like chicken cheese fresh tomatoes olives and more. Homemade ice cream sorbet and classic French sandwiches are found on the menu as well.
We try to offer a variety to the wonderful people that come into our restaurant Marguerat says. We can create any kind of combination they want.
3810 Oleander Drive (910) 395-0077.