A cozy, red-brick neighborhood hotspot, Grant Park Coffeehouse serves up piping-hot or frosty iced cups of java alongside a packed menu of savory breakfast turnovers, healthy wraps, and freshly baked pastries. Stamp taste-bud passports with the piquant punch of European-inspired brews such as the espresso ($1.95–$2.25), or perform daring high dives into a frothy cappuccino ($2.75–$4.50). The homebrew ($1.50–$3.50) brims with classic flavors, and the pumpkin-spice latte ($3.50–$4.50) puts palates in mind of autumnal romps through raked leaves. Turn punches into lunch fare like a wizard during a boxing match with the three-cheese grilled-cheese sandwich ($4), welling with cheddar, swiss, and provolone, or keep lunch fare company with a chips and large drink combo for $2.
Decorated like a float that just escaped the Mardi Gras parade, Just Loaf'n Food Truck is the mobile sibling of the brick-and-mortar restaurant Just Loaf'n. The food truck bops around to locations that include food festivals, farmers' markets, and late-night drag races, stopping in to serve up New Orleans–style po' boys, jambalaya, and 25 flavors of sno balls. The chefs stay true to their theme by using authentic NoLa ingredients such as Patton's hot sausage, Leidenheimer french bread, and Gulf Coast shrimp.
Chef Noelle Thomas fills Amuse!’s bohemian, vintage-accented dining room with French-inspired fare concocted from seasonal ingredients. For brunch, send the tongue on a hike through the black-forest ham, béchamel, and swiss cheese of the toasty croque monsieur sandwich ($12). During dinner the duo of duck-leg confit and duck breast is known to entertain guests by quacking "Who's On First?" in its entirety ($24). The French culinary lesson continues alongside a spread of other European-inspired dishes with the continental fare of Carpe Diem. Lounge on a plush sofa or on the outdoor patio and enjoy an entree such as wood-grilled sashimi tuna ($22), or let the pork confit explain how the dining room's exposed brick keeps wolves out of the restaurant ($19). Carpe Diem also boasts a sizable wine collection of reds and whites, such as Washington Hills' 2007 Gewürztraminer ($6.50 for a glass).