Giovanni Guarini and Nancy Jurek both bring culinary practice in Italy to each creation on The Bank's brunch menu of fresh Mediterranean cuisine. Their carefully curated list of local and organic ingredients includes house-made bread, fair-trade chocolate, and eggs from their own hens as well as local, free-range farms. Transport restless tongues to a scenic villa in the Italiano, a croissant packed with pastry cream and jam, local honey, and fresh fruit ($14.50). The Munch plants sprouted-seed granola in a succulent bed of fresh fruit, nuts, and yogurt, coupled with two gourmet cheeses and a glass of dessert wine or orange juice ($22.50). A host of à la carte items offer smaller portioned plates such as bruschetta ($6.50) and a german pancake ($9.50).
Souvlaki's menu of traditional Greek dishes shoos away hunger pangs within the walls of a casual eatery. After becoming legally ordained online, cooks marry phyllo dough with spinach and greek feta cheese to forge spanakopita ($4.25), and tuck marinated pork tenderloin into a pita-bread embrace in the souvlaki ($4.25). Eaters can explore the flavorscape of fried chickpeas in the falafel wrap ($4.25) or devour the hot deluxe sub's stack of ham, salami, turkey, roast beef, swiss cheese, and house-made greek dressing ($5.50 for 8"; $7.50 for 16"). Fork tines nab tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers from the greek salad with marinated chicken ($4.25), and sips of soda, iced tea, and lemonade ($1.89–$2.09) pour from the soda fountain, where guests can return for free refills or advice about carbon dating.
With live music downstairs, a casual eatery upstairs, and a craft-beer store next door, The Cellar Restaurant is an entertainment triple threat. Along with bottles from the 6-Pak Store, which stocks a wide variety of Virginia craft beers, The Cellar's diners tipple back brews from an immense beer list of domestic and imported beers on tap and by the bottle. Local bands provide live music, “usually jazz or blues, which is great for a calm, quiet night,” according to the Collegiate Times. And cooks deliver a menu of casual, Greek-influenced fare, including a spanakopita appetizer, pizza festooned with feta, and an oven-baked gyro sub.
Cafe de Bangkok's chefs re-create homestyle Thai dishes on a menu blossoming with fragrant herbs and spices fresh to order. Aromas of lemongrass rise from Cafe de Bangkok Tom Yum noodles, whose spicy broth mingles the textures of ground pork and seafood with crisp bean sprouts and tender rice noodles ($11.89). Nimble hands prepare thick, marinated Bangkok pork chops with garlic and mushrooms before splashing the dish with house-blended soy sauce ($12.89), and spice ruby-red coconut curries with eight different spices ($9.89). Thai basil dominates plates of jasmine rice festooned with bell peppers, tomatoes, and medallions of meat in the basil rice wok ($9.89), whereas the peanut prevails over chicken and broccoli rama ($9.89) by blanketing their contours in rich sauce before fitting them with monocles and top hats.
Ben & Jerry’s shops offer a variety of frozen concoctions, from milkshakes ($4.45–$4.99) and smoothies ($4.45–$4.99) to banana splits ($6) and brownie sundaes ($4.99). Spoon the cuddly depths of Ben & Jerry’s famous original flavors, such as Cherry Garcia, Triple Caramel Chunk, Chunky Monkey, Chocolate Therapy, and New York Super Fudge Chunk. For social ice-creaming, ready a band of spoon-armed eaters and dive into the Vermonster sundae, a heaping pail of 20 scoops, hot fudge, bananas, brownies, and toppings of your choice ($32.99). Low-fat, fat-free, and dairy-free flavors are also available for the figure conscious or those still suffering from butter-fat-related night terrors.
Bull & Bones Brewhaus & Grill, one part brewery, one part sports bar, and one part upscale dining room, serves handcrafted microbrews and a menu of burgers, steaks, and sandwiches. Saddle up in front of 1 of 20 HDTVs with a Pub burger, which hugs wood-fire-grilled Angus beef with a kaiser roll (an $8.99 value), or a Black and Blue burger, a chargrilled patty topped with crumbled blue cheese (a $9.29 value). While holding a bunned beauty, diners can consider pours from Bull and Bones own line of brews (not covered by this Groupon), including the Maroon Effect brown ale, a finalist at the 2010 Microfestivus event. Bull & Bones toes the line between classic sports bar and brewpub, complementing the bevy of HDTVs and seven Diamond pool tables with exposed air ducts, boldly colored walls, a bounty of indoor and outdoor seating, and a 10-barrel microbrewery that's only visible while wearing 3-D glasses.
Elderberry’s, voted Platinum for both smoothies and milkshakes by Roanoker magazine, busies blenders with fresh and healthy ingredients to create its award-winning beverages, and a crisp collection of wraps, salads, and soups silences audible appetites. The menu of suave solutions showcases juices joined in flavorful matrimony, such as the Elderberry, a fruity fusion of raspberry and cranberry juices, strawberries, elderberries, and orange sherbet ($4.59); the raspberry-packed Really Raspberry ($4.59); or the Not Actually Raspberry, a handful of red paint balls mixed with a pair of Faberge eggs. Desserty drinks implant pep in energy-deficient steps with the coffee-based Perkilator ($4.89), or swaddle exposed sweet teeth in silky sips of the Chocolate Peanutter ($4.89).