The Stamp Mill Cafe fills its menu with hearty, traditional American entrees. Cooks hand press burgers before topping them with provolone cheese or dressing them up Carolina-style with chili, onions, coleslaw, and mustard. They also sizzle up queen-, king-, or jester-cut prime rib, as well as pork tenderloin soused in a paprika-seasoned sauce.
Rustic wooden tables and chairs dot the raised outdoor patio and the main dining room, where a shelf decorated with teakettles and decorative platters runs the length of the crown moulding. The Stamp Mill Cafe hosts special events throughout the month, such as wine tastings, weekly live bluegrass performances, and Shakespearian-style recitations of the menu.
The Daily Grind’s cozy, earth-toned café houses a lengthy menu of fragrant beverages and a wall of packed bookshelves. Guests can chitchat on barstools or cuddle in cozy armchairs, fingers or ankles encircling freshly brewed café mochas ($2.75) or grasping wine stems supporting savory doses of merlot ($5; not included in today's deal). Nine flavors of hot chocolate ($2.85–$3.35) sate taste buds, including salted caramel and spicy hot chocolate. Gently used books for sale, scanning, or using to build impenetrable forts line the walls, inviting readers to dive into their lightly weathered pages, and ear drums can engage in the occasional live concert.
Beginning as a single restaurant in Indian Trail, Bonfire Bar & Grill has since expanded to a second location in Concord thanks to its palate-popular fare, ranging from expertly grilled burgers and steaks to Old World favorites such as pastas and pizza. Every Sunday during football season, patrons gather amid the glow of flat-screen TVs to watch grown men resolve their differences on the gridiron and to feast on crispy fish ‘n’ chips, blackened-fish tacos, or barbecue-smothered pork ribs fresh off the grill. On Wednesday nights, half-price bottles of wine supply amateur singers the liquid courage to storm the bar’s stage and belt out karaoke songs. Situated next to the Sun Valley 14 movie theater, the Indian Trail location offers dinner-and-movie packages and deals, such as 10% off food with every movie stub, or 100% off food for every Oscar you've won.
Chefs at Romano's Pizza toss handmade dough into pizzas with more than 15 toppings. Guests can choose a thick Sicilian crust or opt for a New York style pie, whose foldable shape allows it to be served as a convenient origami crane. More exotic ingredients such as Alfredo sauce, feta cheese, and hamburger meat top specialty pies, and chefs also cook classic entrees such as chicken piccata. Romano's rounds out its menu with regular or whole-wheat pastas, subs served in hoagie buns, and half a dozen desserts including cannoli and italian spumoni.
El Vallarta’s festively decorated eateries offer up a menu of authentic, chef-crafted Mexican standards and build-your-own combo platters. The massive Cielo, Mar, & Tierra plate ($14.95) traverses the menu’s annals by land and sea with mounds of grilled shrimp, chicken, and carne asada that captain tortilla vehicles crewed by a choice of guacamole, rice and beans, and pico de gallo. Six burritos built by the kitchen’s culinary wizards include the cheesesteak burrito ($9.75), which tempts stomachs to tackle its bursting-with-beef, rice-laden interior and make it say "uncle" before slathering it in sour cream. Tasty staples such as tamales ($6.45) and enchiladas ($6.45) supplement main courses. Drink in a chameleon-hiding-on-a-rainbow’s worth of colors in El Vallarta’s gaily decorated dining areas, where pink and yellow chairs add splashes of style to rustic, exposed-brick kitchen enclosures.
The Diversity Den Café is a coffeehouse and social hub where exquisite potables meet lively community events. The café boasts a variety of specialty caffeinated beverages, such as the indulgent Oreo Diverse latté, made with espresso, steamed milk, peppermint syrup, whipped cream, and topped with a crushed Oreo cookie ($3.50–$4.30, plus $0.50 for extra cookies). Or keep it simple with one of a selection of herbal teas ($1.30–$1.60) or a spiced vanilla chai latté ($3.25–$4.25). An extensive wine and spirit menu, which features beer ($3–$4.50) and classic cocktails ($7–$11), fuels socializing and friendly debates over the etymological origins of Thomas Jefferson. The Diversity Café also lines the empty bellies of its customers with ever-changing meal options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a steady menu of bagels, muffins, and pastries ($0.59–$1.95).
Rocky River Coffee Company's signature drink blends ice cream and coffee for a sweet pick-me-up. In addition to this, customers stop in for a range of coffee, all made with gourmet beans roasted and packaged locally. These drinks complement a range of sandwiches and pastries, including bagels brought in straight from New York.