Mozart Cafe’s chefs draw culinary inspiration from modern Israeli cuisine, and the result is an eclectic mix of made-from-scratch kosher dishes ranging from pizza and salad to breakfast salmon platters. The Balkan pizza blends Israeli and Italian flavors with olives chunks of smoky eggplant sitting atop a bed of sauce, mozzarella, and feta cheese. Though the café is decidedly health-focused, plates arrive piled high with portions as generous as what you’d find in a neighborhood diner or your mom’s kitchen.
Inside Town Center Mall sits Bonaccino Cafe, a handsome quick-serve counter with warm-brown accents that hint at the coffee brewing behind it. But it's not just beverages created here?another specialty is crepes, which customers can order in sweet or savory varieties. There's strawberry-banana and dulce de leche, but also philly cheesesteak and chicken with roast pepper. In addition to crepes, baristas prepare fresh salads and scoop gelato into bowls or impatient hands.
The rich wooden fixtures and chic leather furniture sets the scene for culinary elegance at Cafe 5150. The menu bears that promise out, featuring entrees and small plates that recall continental cuisine while remaining firmly American. Tomato confit bruschetta and tuna tartare tacos make for fascinating tapas plates, while larger offerings include shrimp capellini with broccoli rabe and churrasco steak served with shoestring fries. For dessert, a carrot cake with glazed walnuts and creme anglaise jockeys for attention with a salted caramel ice cream sundae and an erupting molten chocolate cake.
For John Offerdahl, the aroma of meat sizzling on the grill stirs memories of his family's barbecues in rural Wisconsin. Even when John grew up and became a linebacker for the Miami Dolphins, he couldn't escape that enticing smell?it would waft into the stadium from fans tailgating outside and the mascots who secretly stuffed their costumes with cheeseburgers. So it was only natural that, after retiring from football, John would once again find himself at the grill when he and his wife Lynn opened Offerdahl's Cafe Grill in 2000. The couple were no strangers to the restaurant business; they had previously owned a chain of bagel shops. This venture, however, would prove more ambitious?they devised menus of classic American cuisine that could be served up fast for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a focus on fresh-grilled fare.
Today, Offerdahl's Cafe Grill has expanded to seven locations, but its flavorful, no-frills meals remain the same. "Johnny O's Famous Bagels" still take the starring roles during breakfast, waking diners up with flavors like cinnamon crumb, pumpernickel, and fruit-and-nut. But once breakfast turns to lunch and dinner, the grill takes over. Chefs swiftly cook up steak, chicken, and salmon, serving the proteins over rice, pasta, or salad with homemade dressings. They also grill chicken sandwiches and burgers, in a nod to the caf?'s backyard barbecue roots.