We brake for Interstate and vegetarian comfort food

Although the bar at Interstate Kitchen & Bar, 901 West 10th Avenue, is packed during the early evening hours, the dining room is nearly empty, with just one two-top finishing up a meal over what sounds like a quiet business discussion. The room will get busier as the hour gets later -- but if you want an intimate dinner before 7 p.m. (or a raucous snack after midnight), brake for Interstate.

The vibe here is retro and fun, and while the kitchen serves what's billed as classic roadside grub, it's much better than anything you'll find in a restaurant actually on the side of an interstate.