When it comes to a fresh cup of coffee, nothing beats blends roasted locally. That?s precisely what Abundant Grounds Cafe?s baristas stick to, crafting specialty drinks including espressos and cappuccinos using the cafe's very own java, plus some from nearby Rev Coffee Roasters. Though coffee?s warm aroma dominates the cozy, exposed brick space, it?s far from the only option on the menu. Beverage-wise, Abundant Grounds? selection encompasses everything from fruit smoothies to frozen hot chocolate, winner of the English Major Coalition?s ?Tastiest Oxymoron? prize. To complement each pour, cooks assemble cafe classics like pesto-topped breakfast sandwiches and grilled veggie paninis. The cafe?s displays also overflow with baked goods, ranging from gluten-free scones to muffins chockfull of bacon and cheddar.
The Grande is often booked for weddings thanks to its elegant ballroom, scenic courtyard, and talented staff of chefs and florists. However, the venue also welcomes everyday visitors to a tearoom to partake in the British tradition of parlor teatime. Servers embellish tiered trays with fresh scones and pressed sandwiches with pimiento cheese, braised pork, and other savory ingredients. They also steep leaves of varieties such as oolong or vanilla rooibos in teapots. Guests can dress up in traditional hats and gloves or classic American garb such as prom dresses.
Every day, Rita's serves up fresh, fruitified Italian ice (around $1.89–$2.89) in more than 30 flavors (several are sugar-free), including strawberry, root beer, Swedish Fish, chocolate chocolate chip, piña colada, vanilla, key lime, and the unearthly RitaBerrious (formerly Mystery Ice). Along with creamy ice, Rita's also sells icy cream. Case in point: Rita's famously frozen old-fashioned custard (around $2.49–$3.59), a robust dish that—like revenge—is best served cold in a cup, cone, or overflowing El Camino truck bed. Rita's custard involves a different freezing process than ice cream and boasts a higher egg to yolk ratio, for a creamy texture that makes regular ice cream feel like gravel sprinkled with sandpaper shreds. Rita's most popular frozen treat, gelati (around $3.45–$4.39), takes its cue from brunch, twilight, and sporks and blends two great things to create an even greater thing—in this case, the flavorful variety of Italian ice with the smoothitude of frozen custard. Rita's also offers an assortment of specialty Misto shakes ($3.49–$3.99), fat-free soft-serve Slenderitas ($2.49–$3.49), and frozen-coffee Ritaccinos ($4.25), all of which make for a tasty treat as well as a deliciously soothing topical treatment for chicken pox.
For Crooked Tree Cafe's chef and owner Jeff Haeger, all culinary roads lead back to Georgia. He's made it a personal mission to travel the globe and try the most unique restaurants he can find?and then bring them back to his kitchen stocked with Southern staples. The result is soul food with a twist. Expect creations such as sesame-encrusted catfish, Southern-style poutine that responds to both French- and English-speaking taste buds, and a smoked-duck sloppy joe. In fact, the smoker might be Haeger's favorite piece of equipment. He also turns it on brisket, pork, house-brined turkey, and pulled chicken.
For breakfast, there are scrambles, eggy sandwiches, and biscuits smothered in house-made sausage gravy. But it's not all sheer decadence at Crooked Tree: the veggies are important, too, and they come from local suppliers such as Rome's Tucker Farms.
Cuisine Type: Caribbean-American fusion, vegetarian
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Number of Tables: 11?25
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
?Made to order? or ?prepared daily.? We also make all of our sauces in-house.
Do you use any family recipes at your restaurant? Whose family do they belong to (the chef, the owner, or someone else)?
We use family recipes at our restaurant. The restaurant is family-owned, and the recipes belong to the chef and owner.