Isabella's menu is ripe with flavorful dishes that employ fresh ingredients to create internationally influenced fare. Once tucked inside the casual neighborhood atmosphere, mix and match an order of tilapia, turkey or vegetable-stuffed samosas ($8.95, three in an order), or swaddle a palate in a downy quilt of turkey meatloaf, rocked to sleep on a pillow of pepper-jack cheddar mac 'n' cheese ($12.95). There are plenty of inventive vegetarian options, such as the genre-bending spinach and blue cheese salad accented by mango, seasonal fruit, and spiced pecans ($9.95). Sugarcoat the meal's demise with a vanilla cardamom pound cake with lemon glaze ($5.95) or grab a nearby straw and plunk it into a choice specimen from Isabella's South African wine collection. Brunch is also served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Regardless of what time of day you teleport into Café Lily, Chef Anthony Pitillo has a menu that plots out a plan of tasty attack for every meal. Start your Sunday morning in luxuriously late fashion with a brunch mimosa ($6) and a specialty plate of beignets de crabe Benedict, which tops two of Chef Anthony's signature lump crab cakes with poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, and diced tomatoes and serves it with homestyle potatoes ($15.95). Or indulge in a lunch menu served daily. Dinner diners can keep things social and free of knife fights by sharing a tapas starter of calamari a la plancha, calamari (not breaded or fried) on a sizzling platter with olive oil, garlic, scallions, and fresh lemon ($9.95), before moving on to classics such as pinchitos, lamb tenderloin rubbed tenderly with a special blend of Spanish spices, chargrilled, topped with salsa verde and manchego, and served with sautéed white sweet potatoes (when available) and fresh green beans ($21.95). The stuffed, pan-seared filet mignon ($26.95) comes filled with mushrooms, fresh herbs, toasted pignolas, and gorgonzola, drizzled in an Amontillado-sherry sauce, and served with polenta and mushroom pisto. Several entree options are also available in half-size portions and are best chased with an equally decadent dessert of homemade tiramisu or gluten-free torta ciocolatta topped with fresh Chantilly cream (both $6.95). Café Lily also recently opened a separate tapas lounge with its own distinct menu.
Deceptively casual from the outside, the interior of Green Ginger is sophisticated and welcoming, its walls lined with neutral stones and its boxy booths lit by hanging lights. The chefs show off their creativity in all their Chinese, Japanese, and Thai dishes, whether draping thinly-sliced slabs of raw fish over little bundles of rice or stir-frying spicy kung pao chicken. Behind the bar, bottles are stacked along shelves in a display of sake, wine, and hard liquor, available by the pour or shaken into a variety of cocktails.
The word "wahoo" can be defined as both an expression of joy and a type of fish. Wahoo! Grill came up with a third meaning for it: "An amazing restaurant, full of joy, warmth, and great food." And there's definitely plenty to be amazed by here, starting with the eclectic selection of seafood, ranging from fish tacos to seared scallops in pumpkin-seed butter. In a similar fashion, the brunch menu has shrimp and grits, as well as fresh-herb egg scrambles and hash-brown casserole.
But it's not just the Southern-style cooking that charms guests. The dining rooms are quite handsome; the exposed-brick main room has views of the modern exhibition kitchen, and a sun-drenched atrium that leads out to a patio lush with greenery. Elegant touches such as rustic chandeliers and high-backed upholstered booths have made the restaurant a popular venue for wedding receptions and an unpopular venue for food fight enthusiasts.
And whether you're toasting a couple's nuptials or just meeting friends for a Tuesday night nip, the drink list has plenty to offer. There's an international selection of reds and whites served by the bottle or glass, and the spirits list includes everything from bourbons to cordials. Those liquors go into specialty cocktails such as a Wahoo! spritz with Aperol and sparkling wine, though someone looking for something a bit hoppier can order a craft beer such as Red Brick Laughing Skull.