Situated behind a charmingly rusty edifice, Carroll St. Café provides hearty rustic fare in a comfortable environment. Settle down at a glossy tabletop and peruse the extensive menu options for breakfasty brunch, tasty sandwiches, tapas, entrees, and more. Get your morning off to a fresh Flemish start with a Belgian waffle ($11) topped with fruit and served with scrambled eggs and your choice of bacon or sausage (pork, chicken, or soy), or hurtle yourself ahead to a plate of blackened shrimp and grits ($10). Herbivores might enjoy the veggie wrap ($7), a flour tortilla stuffed with guacamole, pico de gallo, roasted red peppers, and mixed greens, and hunger-havers at the other end of the meat spectrum can delve into the filet mignon ($24), 8 ounces of grilled meat in a house demi-glaze, paired with veggies and a potato of the day.
The Greek tempts perusing patrons with a full menu of healthy, time-tested tastes of the Balkan Peninsula. Starters such as plates of dolmades of rice and spice-stuffed grape leaves ($3.95), or spanakopita ($3.95) and hummus spread with cucumber and pita wedges (3.75) alert slumbering stomachs to coming main events. Specially prepared pizza—once thought of as the actual food of the gods because Zeus ordered in at least three nights a week—is available by the slice ($2.25+) or in 12" ($8.45+) or 16" ($11.95+) iterations, with tasty topping options including minced garlic, gyro meat, chicken, and sun-dried tomatoes (each added for an extra cost). The Greek’s gyros subtly combine lamb and beef, and customers can order them as tsatsiki-sauced pita wraps ($6.45) or open-faced gyro plates served with Greek potatoes ($7.95) and a side of political philosophy.
Modern lights hang from the ceiling like glowing red fezzes, giving a sunlit glow to the pizzeria’s mint green walls. Amid these elegant trappings, hand-tossed pizzas arrives tableside with sumptuous add-ons such as sausage, green peppers, and fresh-cut pineapple. Diners may also order a stuffed Philly cheesesteak at Auburn’s bar, where mixologists pour wine by the glass and blend a wide array of specialty cocktails.
• For $5, you get $10 worth of American fare during lunch. • For $7, you get $15 worth of American fare during dinner. The menu at Burger Bar & Lounge offers a spectrum of burger sizes to sate appetites weighing in at up to 16 ounces, plus an array of specialty burgers, pizzas, and sandwiches. Burgers begin at a modest 2.5 ounces ($3.79), growing to the monstrous 16-ounce burger ($8.79), and are made with organic meats that have never been frozen or teased. Specialty burgers crafted from a gardenful of veggies or a Thanksgiving tableful of turkey offer savory alternatives to beef ($5.25–$6.49), while a side of sweet-potato fries ($3) provides a dulcet substitute for its salty french cousins. Ten different flavors of wings—including lemon pepper, teriyaki, and curry—season tongues ($6.95–$32.95), and a variety of shakes cool them down with a thick flow of flavored ice cream ($4.50). Beer and cocktails are also available to cleanse palates between bites.
Pie slingers at Romeo’s Pizza twirl their ‘za from scratch, piling dough made in-house with red sauce and toppings such as garlic, ground beef, meatballs, and sundried tomatoes. The small chain of cozy neighborhood joints has purveyed New York–style pizza since 1945, when delivery boys first started using hovercrafts. Its unfussy menu includes hearty appetizers such as cheese bread or fried ravioli, alongside healthy salads in vegetarian or meaty iterations. Those who opt not to build their own pies can go in for one of three chef-crafted incarnations—margherita, spinach and mushroom, or vegetarian, sold by the slice or in 12-inch or 16-inch rounds.
Whether the craving is pizza or stromboli, wings or a burger, Mama Mia Pizza, Subs, & Wings has it. The pizzeria’s extensive menu expands upon its titular trio by featuring international entrees such as baked lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, and the Greek spinach and cheese pie known as spanakopita. Dine at one of the indoor or outdoor tables, or call in a delivery order to chat with the driver about the flashy new delivery sign recently installed on your car.