The family-owned-and-operated Champions Seafood Market doles out fresh, seasonal catches to feed famished fish fans. Select wild-caught whole fish or fillets, with choices ranging from tuna ($16.99/lb.) and escolar ($15.99) to halibut ($20.99/lb.) and snapper ($17.99/lb.). Fresh cuts of cod ($12.99/lb.) make an excellent choice for a Friday-night fish fry among friends, and golden tilefish ($18.99) fashion colorful plates and delicious backsplashes when cemented to the wall. All of Champions’ shrimp offerings are wild-caught and never farm-raised, including various sized Gulf shrimp. Offerings rotate frequently according to availability and how hard they’re spun.
Ali Bahramian wanted to combine the casual atmosphere and quick service of a coffee shop, a diner, and a fast-food eatery, so he decided to start his own from scratch. He developed his own menu built on sandwich, salad, and soup recipes he created himself, enlisted the help of his architect wife Mariam to design a space, and selected soothing jazz and blues music as a backdrop for his eatery.
Within the fully realized Orange Lunch Box, Ali and his staff bake fresh sandwich bread in-house each day and chocolate-chip cookies each hour to pair with cups of coffee. The culinary crew serves salads and sandwiches topped with a range of meats and cheeses, Italian-inspired spreads, and local produce. Orange Lunch Box's interior eschews the presence of television and instead captures diners' attention with a color palette of warm orange, cool green, and room-temperature purple.
Tucked away under a flight of stairs lies a family-owned eatery where meaty sandwiches and wraps reign supreme. Yorktown Deli's chefs layer grilled chicken, fresh avocado, lettuce, tomato, and pesto in the italian chicken sandwich, which arrives fresh from the kitchen in the shape of Italy. Other sandwiches include tuna melts and the Avocado Heaven, a colorful portrait of avocado, lettuce, tomato, red pepper, and cheese. To create each of the deli's eight wraps, chefs roll meats such as grilled chicken, turkey, and salami with veggies, condiments, and cheese, and diners can wash down meals with iced coffee, lattes, and espresso.
Combining the personal touch of an optometrist-owned practice with the affordable pricing offered at optical superstores, Today's Vision helps keep customers' eyesight crystal clear. Pooling their resources under the Today's Vision aegis, the independent operators that own each location are able to offer personalized care while taking advantage of large-scale discounts on lenses, LASIK eye surgeries, and novelty eye charts that are printed all fuzzy-like. Those looking for fetching frames can browse through extensive selections from such purveyors as Oakley, De Rigo, and Liz Claiborne.
The confectionary wizards at Sugar Blossom Treats bake fresh, small batches of treats that shun preservatives and hydrogenated oils in favor of local, Texas dairy products, Madagascar bourbon vanilla, and European chocolate. Each day, the eatery creates 12 regular flavors and two–four specials, often announced on its Facebook page or via hungry skywriters. Classic flavors include Karat Carrot, a carrot cake with pecans covered in cream-cheese frosting, and the Old-Fashioned Vanilla, which pairs yellowcake with vanilla buttercream. Flavors grow increasingly eclectic with rotating specials such as the Thin Mint, which mixes chocolate and mint-chocolate ganache, or the Campfire, a blend of chocolate, graham crackers, and white cake, topped with marshmallow frosting and cautionary advice about being a vigilant babysitter written in sprinkles. Grouponers can go after custom orders (minimum of 12), and are advised to call ahead to set aside select flavors.