A charming wooden sign painted with gothic script hangs above Liebchen Delicatessen, hinting at the Old World breads, baked goods, cold cuts, and chocolates found inside. Once through the doors, an even tastier picture forms: salted crusts of golden-brown pretzel rolls peek over rims of paper-lined bakery baskets and glass cases frame stockpiles of fresh Scandinavian and Dutch cheeses, Bavarian liverwurst, and smoked Alpine meats. Guests can pick up party trays laden with ham and emmentaler to take to off-site events, or snack on sandwiches, pickles, and chips on the outdoor patio, which is shaded by a leafy tree that yodels each time the wind blows.
Cafe Bella’s powder-blue and hot-pink storefront and walk-up window seem to disagree with the ultra-classy decor of some other cafés, announcing the establishment, instead, as a café with fewer rules. This laid-back approach manifests itself in the form of both light and dark coffees that steam alongside a menu of scones, muffins, and cookies. Patrons can customize their americanos, lattes, and mochas with their choice of milk, including dairy, hemp, almond, or soy.
Each morning starting at 6:30 a.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. on weekends, City Espresso's baristas begin brewing batches of premium coffee and concocting specialty drinks. They also serve up breakfast items, giving patrons fuel to power through the day.
The sunset-orange hues of a neon sign reflect off mirrored walls, the cursive letters spelling out “Crossroads Cafe.” Husband and wife Dana and Cindy Nielson stand beneath, presiding over the restaurant they opened more than two decades ago.
In the rippling-hot air rising from a griddle, cooks grill bacon to top hot dogs and flip quarter-pound beef patties before coating them with housemade thousand-island dressing. Blenders full of malt milk shakes and smoothies purr. Expanses of black-and-white-checkered counters and glittering red chairs give one the pleasant feeling of stepping back into the ‘50s without ever having to see John Wayne cry.
Restaurant owner Salvatore Lembo enjoys greeting his guests as soon as they walk in the door. As the night wears on, he might drop by their table to chat and ask how they like the homemade gnocchi or recommend a selection from the wine list, which includes dozens of bottles from Tuscany, Sicilia, and California. Meanwhile, the aroma of fresh basil and tomato sauce fills the dining room along with the sounds of Italian opera music. The singers’ soaring voices combined with the flickering candlelight, terra-cotta floors, and starched linens set the stage for romantic evenings between couples or a golfer and his favorite sand wedge.
Padded black booths surround grills beneath gleaming hoods, which reflect the glow of sunset-orange walls as they sweep away rising warm air and spice-steeped aromas. On Palace Korean Bar & Grill's tabletop skillets, chefs sizzle menu items such as pearlescent curlicues of kimchi and cuts of seafood as well as bulgogi, spicy slices of brisket also known as Korean barbecue. During the all-you-can-eat special, silverware jangles endlessly like a knight looking for his car keys as diners tuck into bottomless helpings of marinated beef short ribs, tender marble brisket, spicy pork belly, and jumbo shrimp.