Cafe Terrace celebrates its grand opening as a staff of crêpe-crafting wizards puts 14 sweet and savory spins on the French disk. Indulge in the banana-caramel crêpe or the savory SoCal, whose sunny disposition of avocado, roma tomato, and lemon aioli makes diners wish that all crêpes could be California crêpes. Six sandwiches transport their fresh cargo, and soups simmer in the kitchen's pots, awaiting the chance to warm bellies with flavors of butternut squash or tomato bisque. Italian sodas carbonated with air from Mediterranean breezes infuse culinary travels with more than a score of flavors, including mango, raspberry, and passion fruit. While enjoying café fare, patrons lounge in a casual environment strewn with chessboards, available for playing a round against a friend or merely admiring the checkered surfaces.
The potation crafters at Beans & Brews Coffee House whip up hot and cold beverages from perk-proffering coffee beans, relaxing tea leaves, and sweet decaf alternatives. Hot coffee drinks, such as the cappuccino ($3.60 for 12 oz.) or eye-opener brew ($2.80 for 12 oz.) gently jolt the brain awake with mountain-roasted goodness, and the dulcet notes of iced chai ($4.10 for 16 oz.) and B&B frappes ($4.05 for 16 oz.) cool off summer-scorched palates with their sweet, icy taste. Roasters get the most out of each coffee bean with Beans & Brews’ trademark high-altitude roasting, which imparts each batch of grounds with a smooth flavor that, like an angst-riddled teddy bear, maintains a high level of complexity.
The wing slingers at Rocky Mountain Wingshak toss chicken in 13 different taste-bud-beguiling sauces, crafting traditional buffalo-style palate pleasers. Couples, friends, or batmen and robins begin the gustatory journey by choosing a sauce to adorn a basket of 20 wings. Like romance novels, the signature sauces come in two basic genres: buffalo and sweet. Flavors, ranging from mild to the scorching XX, include pineapple barbecue and teriyaki that sweet talk palates, and more complex combinations such as garlic pepper or lemon pepper fuse piquant notes with punches of spice. Swigs of soda cool mouths between bites, and dishes of ranch and blue cheese add pep to dipped fries or crunchy tater tots.
The cooks at Melty Way spend their days perfecting a single classic dish in many iterations: the grilled cheese. Starting with fresh-baked bread from a local bakery, they layer their sandwiches with 13 different varieties of cheese, as well as savory meats and other toppings. They top bacon and fresh tomatoes with aged cheddar, pair roasted turkey and whole-cranberry sauce with whipped cream cheese, and finish off a classic reuben with a blend of gruy?re and swiss cheese. They also make a straightforward bread-and-cheese combo with any of their cheeses. For dessert, they offer the sweet grilled cheese, combining whipped cream cheese and strawberry jam on cinnamon-swirl bread dusted with powdered sugar.
In today's restaurant environment, it can be hard to find a healthy menu that still manages to subdue your cravings. But that's exactly what you get at Palenque Gourmet Mexican Grill, where chefs kicked the deep fryer to the curb long ago. That doesn't mean they skimp on flavor, however. Their menu highlights Mexican favorites such as quesadillas, burritos, and tacos?all topped with natural meats that are grilled to seal in their juices. Shareable sides of guacamole and salsa add an extra dash of freshness to these already-tempting dishes.